Monthly Archives: May 2013

Rhubarb and Lamb Casserole

rhubarb and lamb casserole

I usually associate rhubarb with sweet things, either in a pie, pudding, jam, compote and so on; loaded with lots sugar to balance its sour flavour. Going through a magazine the other day I found a savoury recipe which immediately got me dying to try it, so you can imagine rhubarb was the first thing I bought the next day. After patiently waiting for it too cook, and then photographing the final dish, I was blown away by how delicious it was, really really good! Savoury rhubarb, no added sugar, sour casserole, well.. I’m a new fan! Continue reading

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Date stuffed cookies – Ma’moul

date cookies, ma'moul

This post is a much over-due promise to a friend who has requested the recipe a long time ago! Ma’moul or ma’amoul (معمول ) are delicate cookies/pastries widely common with Middle Easterns. They are usually filled with dates, walnuts, coconut or pistachios and are served on occasions such as Eid, Christmas or Easter. If you search this recipe online I’m sure you’ll find many hits, each one adding the author’s unique touch. Some are hand-me down recipes from many generations, others slightly tweaked to personal taste. Continue reading

Ground Green Cardamom

If there was a spice that I can’t live without, then cardamom would be it. Hang on, not exactly true. Well, alongside cinnamon, cumin and turmeric. I absolutely love them.

whole green cardamomThe sweet and fragrant notes from cardamom are similar to vanilla, both of which leave a slight bitter eucalyptus citrus and pleasant after-taste at the back of the tongue. Cardamom is the vanilla of Middle-Eastern and Asian cuisine and if you use it as much as I do, then you’ll understand why I’ve dedicated a whole post just for it!  Continue reading

Kale Crisps

kale crop

I’ve been going through a lot of so called ‘spring’ cleaning lately. Going through the wardrobes I found old clothes and broken hangers stuffed behind other unwanted items. The drawers had a few odd pairs of socks and old crunched up t-shirts. The garden was also in much need of weeding and tidying after the cold prolonged cruel months we had in the UK. Last year we invested in a small vegetable patch, and the only surviving crop left is plenty of kale and leeks. Determined not to waste my slightly neglected crop, I’ve been going through my collection of cookbooks, food magazines and of course many amazing food blogs for inspiration. If time allows, more of that will follow soon. It’s always good to spring clean your body too! Continue reading

Breakfast with Spelt Bread – 2 Ways

breakfast, yoghurt, za'tar, tahini, date syrup

There are certain habits you naturally inherit from your parents. Some may be good, others, well not so. Food usually features quite strongly in that. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t inherited my sweet tooth from both my parents, it would have made life a lot easier! However to be fair, they did teach me that sweets should be consumed on special occasions or as treats. A piece of cake used to be a true luxury, compared to the common tea-time ritual that has become so common nowadays. Continue reading