Mezze – Vegetarian Dishes

Meat-based dishes are great as part of a mezze but veggie dishes can really lighten the richness and also help a little with any spiciness!These next dishes are simple and tasty, and don’t have to be eaten as part of a mezze, the hummus and baba ganoush could be eaten just with flatbread while watching…

Mezze – Meat Dishes

I am sure its obvious from this blog that I do have a thing for middle eastern food and could quite happily live off a diet of hummus and falafel! A few weeks ago during lockdown we cooked ourselves a Mezze Feast featuring some of our favourite dishes. As usual both Nigella and Ottolenghi recipes…

Salted Caramel Laphroaig Ice Cream

After having a lot of left over cream and condensed milk I did some searching on the internet for what to do with them, other than to pour the cream over a pie and eat the condensed milk straight from the tin (a disgusting habit I know!). I came across this recipe on Nigella’s website…

Cheesy Polenta with Tomato Sauce

On my last trip to Italy I went a bit crazy in a local market bringing back lots of delicious food. This included some Truffle Polenta which has laid at the back of the cupboard since then, and was uncovered in a lockdown tidy up. I found this recipe online, and you won’t be surprised…

Boozy Raspberry Ice Cream Cake

A quick and easy dessert I often turn to is Nigella’s Passion Fruit Ice Cream Cake, a few ingredients, quick to make and a delicious after dinner treat. I decided to take her basic recipe and use it to make a Raspberry version, given the abundance of raspberries I had and also a cheeky bottle…

Lamb Shawarma

Another great Middle Eastern dish I like to make (and by Ottolenghi of course!) is this wonderful Lamb Shawarma from yet again his book Jerusalem. It is a perfect choice for a Sunday lunch and provides a mountain of tasty, tender lamb to pick at. I’m pretty sure there is often more eaten before the…

Shakshuka

One of my favourite dishes for a weekend brunch is Shakshuka, a deliciously rich and spicy tomato base with eggs softly poached in the sauce, easy to make and good for sharing. I have eaten this dish in a number of Middle Eastern countries over the years, with each region having their own variations, but…

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes

We are on lockdown and I have got sucked into the trend of making my own sourdough starter, I’m easily lead what can I say! However, I am not a fan of discarding so much starter each time you feed it. I found a Sourdough Starter recipe that does not require you to discard until…

Carrot and Coriander Soup

It’s chilly outside, it’s supposed to be spring and we are on lockdown! So it still feels like the right time to make a nice bowl of warming soup.  On a recent supermarket visit for essentials, I could only get a large bag of carrots, I like a carrot but there are only so many…

Venison Carpaccio

Earlier this year Stuart attended the Ballintaggart Cook School outside the beautiful village of Grandtully near Aberfeldy in Perthshire. I have previously written about our stay at The Grandtully Hotel, which is owned by the Rowley Family from Ballintaggart and staying here is a lovely way to make a weekend of a cook school visit….