I’ve used a couple of moderately unusual ingredients in this salad. Camargue rice comes from a beautiful mosquito-infested region of France, and I’ve heard it’s technically not really ‘rice’ but that’s what they call it. It has a brilliant nutty taste and can be found in supermarkets (well, Waitrose in Bath at any rate). Dukkah […]
Salty feta cheese and sweet juicy watermelon has always been a winning combination. This salad also includes fresh chilli pepper, which helps cut through the creaminess of the cheese without overpowering the whole dish, and a tasty orange dressing.
Although it doesn’t have the most appealing title, fatteh is a pretty special dish. The Arabic name comes from the crumbled bits of pitta bread that form the middle part of this multi-textured layered concoction. Warm spicy chickpeas beneath crispy bread and cold tangy yoghurt. It’s basically the delicious Middle Eastern chickpea dish balila with […]
A giant falafel in the shape of a burger. How excellent is that? What I like about this recipe is that none of the ingredients have to be cooked before adding to the mix – most potato/lentil-based veggie burgers I make need at least a bit of boiling, roasting or wilting. This one is raw […]
Here’s a basic vegetarian curry that doesn’t require a great deal of effort. Roasting the vegetables separately means they’re guaranteed to be cooked through when you’re ready to serve – there’s nothing worse than preparing to dish up a curry only to find that the spuds still haven’t started to break up properly in the […]
You’ll need a food processor to make these firm, juicy, fragrant little bites. Simply blitz all the ingredients together and cook for less than two minutes to make a delicious starter / snack / party food.
This fragrant rice dish is excellent with a nice vegetable curry. I guess it’s a bit like a biryani, but apparently a proper biryani has the rice cooked separately to the other ingredients, whereas this is all done at once, so I’m not sure what it should be called. Regardless of authenticity, it’s delicious and […]
I made this curry using fresh turmeric, an ingredient I’d been meaning to try for some time. Widely available at Thai, Chinese and Indian stores, it looks like small, orangey pieces of ginger root, and I can confirm that it’s every bit as fabulously delicious as I had hoped. Thanks, probably, to fresh turmeric, this […]
This is a great way to cook aubergine, either under a red hot grill or, preferably, on a barbecue. It’s rich and quite filling – half an aubergine per person is probably plenty. The chermoula herb paste also goes well with fish, should you happen to have any left over.
When I started looking for recipes for this famous, yet (to Brits like me) mysterious, Creole dish, I was amazed at just how complicated most people seem to think it is. Take the rather ambiguous ‘roux’ base, for example. Even if you can figure out what it is, there are dozens of different methods for […]