Challah Bread

One of my favourite types of bread to bake is Challah Bread, a sweet enriched bread which is soft and great to toast or to eat on it own, either way slathered in butter is mandatory! Patience of course is always required in bread making, but in this case it definitely pays off. One thing…

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…

Pasca, Romanian Easter Cheesecake

I was supposed to be in Bucharest over the Easter weekend, but this little issue of a pandemic put paid to that. Now, don’t get me wrong whilst sad about it, I would rather be safe and well at home, there will be other times to visit! To add salt to the wound, this months…

Mary Berry’s Lemon Cake

Mary Berry really is the go to baker when you just want cake and you want it to be easy to make, and that’s exactly what this tangy tasty lemon cake is. This is taken from Mary’s Baking Bible, the sacred book of cakes! However, I did a different topping as I fancied a thicker…

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…