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Food - Recipes : Spicy Middle Eastern kofte. Lebanese-style stuffed eggplant. I suspect most of you think it has been pretty quiet around here because we’re crazed, sleep-deprived and wholly consumed with nuzzling squishy baby cheeks and, well, you wouldn’t be completely off-mark, minus the crazed part.

lebanese-style stuffed eggplant

But mostly it has been quiet around here because we’ve been trying to use any downtime we can spare to take Jacob out as much as possible, as much to maintain our own sanity as his. Food52. Author Notes: Recently I became inspired while flipping through the Ottolenghi cookbook.

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Food - Recipes : Smoked aubergines with garlic (mirza ghasemi) Cider Can Turkey with Nutty Couscous - Dirty Kitchen Secrets. Photography by Sarka Babicka A little over a month ago, Sarka and I collaborated once more, this time to create holiday posts.

Cider Can Turkey with Nutty Couscous - Dirty Kitchen Secrets

Sarka and her partner Pavel drove down to our home in the West Country, and for a little over a week, we got down to business testing recipes (moi) and photographing dishes (Sarka). The recipes were meant to go up on the blog much sooner than this but alas with everything else that’s been going on, I did not manage it till now. Better late than never! Over the next few days and in the run up to Christmas I will be posting a handful of these holiday recipes. Cider Butt Turkey with Nutty Couscous It’s always best to bring the turkey to room temperature for at least an hour before cooking as this allows it to cook evenly. How to master pasta: Yotam Ottolenghi's pasta recipes. I keep gazing at my shelves of cookbooks, looking for inspiration.

How to master pasta: Yotam Ottolenghi's pasta recipes

Not for recipe ideas, but for titles. My next book is in the pipeline, and discussions have already begun as to what to call it. It's tough, this naming process: there are so many good titles out there, and you're desperate to come up with something original for your own. Even so, precedent shouldn't be the only guide, as the success of The Geometry Of Pasta (Boxtree, £16.99) shows.

The 10 best Middle Eastern recipes. Jewelled rice (morasa pulao) This has to be the most stunning of Iran's famous range of pulaos, or rice dishes.

The 10 best Middle Eastern recipes

It is the stuff of banquets and weddings – glorious, jewelled, shimmering stripes of fruit and nuts across steaming saffron rice. Streets ahead: Yotam Ottolenghi's pulled pork recipe, plus spice-rubbed rabbit with seared radicchio. Hardly any of my most memorable meals have been eaten in a restaurant, and definitely none in one of those fancy marble-floored, polished-silver establishments.

Streets ahead: Yotam Ottolenghi's pulled pork recipe, plus spice-rubbed rabbit with seared radicchio

Rather, they've been devoured on grubby pavements, in Asian hawker centres or in simple eateries where people come to get grub day in, day out. Take, say, the kale salad I was handed from the Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck in Boston earlier this year. Food - Recipes : Pomegranate glazed duck with bulgar, chickpea and pomegranate pilaf. It's a cracker: Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes for Cretan dakos and a brilliant one-pot chicken dish for winter. I spent part of the summer filming in Crete, but it wasn't all work: the rest of the time I indulged in the local culinary specialities.

It's a cracker: Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes for Cretan dakos and a brilliant one-pot chicken dish for winter

Lamb Cabbage Rolls Recipe. Step 1 Make filling: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Lamb Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Cook mince, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned. Add onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Recipe: Israeli Couscous with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Peppers. New York City chef Marc Murphy is having a big week.

Recipe: Israeli Couscous with Chicken Sausage and Roasted Peppers

This Monday, he opened a new restaurant: Kingside, in the Viceroy New York hotel on West 57th Street. And this coming Sunday in Central Park, less than a mile away from Kingside, he plans to finish the New York City Marathon — his first 26.2 — for City Harvest. His carb-rich recipe below is perfect for runners looking to load up before one of their last long runs. The Israeli couscous is a nice change of pace from regular pasta, but the rest of the dish incorporates many elements of traditional Italian fare. There's a small amount of heat from the paprika, but nothing that should give you problems the next day. Simplest Cinnamon Lamb Stew. It's Passover and Easter this week, so I can't not give you a lamb recipe.

Simplest Cinnamon Lamb Stew

Here's a really easy one. Baked Falafel Recipe - Falafel Recipes. Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with pomegranate recipe. Food - Recipes : Cholent. Get-togethers: a Persian picnic. What was the occasion? My boyfriend is from southern Italy, and I'm Persian, and we both had family over. Whenever we have guests from a different country, we instantly have a celebration in their honour. Our two food cultures are very similar: we love to share. As in many Mediterranean and Asian cultures, there are always many little dishes and flavours on the table and everything is shared.

And there's always enough to feed three times the number of people who are there. What was on the menu? Yotam Ottolenghi's maftoul recipes. Couscous, giant couscous, fregola, mograbiah, maftoul… confused? Don't be. Though they come from different countries and go by different names, they're all variations on the theme of very little (or quite little), round (or pretty much round) balls of pasta. They are happiest as the support act to soups, stews, salads or sauces, but they are also great served plainly alongside a piece of meat or fish.

The one I'd like to champion today is perhaps the least familiar of the bunch, and that's the Palestinian maftoul. Yotam Ottolenghi: codcakes in tomato sauce recipe. A standout recipe from Ottolenghi's most recent cookbook, Jerusalem, which celebrates the rich, many-textured cuisine of his home city, is this deeply satisfying Syrian-Jewish fish dish. Like many of his recipes it takes a while to prepare but the results justify the effort – and it's even tastier the day after. ottolenghi.co.uk Serve with bulgar, rice, couscous or bread, alongside sautéed spinach or Swiss chard. SERVES 4white bread, crusts removed 3 slices cod (sustainably sourced), halibut, hake or pollock fillet, skinless and boneless 600g medium onion 1, finely chopped garlic cloves 4, crushedflat-leaf parsley 30g, finely choppedcoriander 30g, finely choppedground cumin 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp large free-range eggs 2, beatenolive oil 4 tbsp First make the tomato sauce.

Heat the olive oil in a very large frying pan for which you have a lid, and add the spices and onion. While the sauce is cooking make the fish cakes. Add the remaining oil as you fry the cakes. Nigel Slater's turkey couscous recipe. A good way to use up the spare meat from the turkey or goose, this quick, filling recipe also works nicely with chicken. You will need pomegranate molasses, which is available from Middle Eastern grocers and the major supermarkets. The recipe. Chicken Shawarma Recipe. Vegetarian Moussaka - Cold-weather vegetarian food. Return to listing There is 1 oz (25 g) lentils in this recipe, which is a very small amount to cook in one go. So you could cook more and use them the next day for something else.

Vegetarians might like to know that a vegetarian parmesan-style cheese is available from Bookhams Serves 1 First of all cook the lentils in 2 fl oz (55 ml) water (no salt added) at a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes or until they are softened and all the water has been absorbed. Food - Recipes : Poussin Georgian style.

Food - Recipes : Ottoman lamb with saffron and rosewater rice pilaf. Baked meatballs with burnt aubergine recipe, plus lentil, bulgur and aubergine pilaf. Baked meatballs with burnt aubergine The smell when these emerge from the oven is pure bliss: sweet, smoky and reassuring. Quinoa stew with squash, prunes & pomegranate recipe. Food - Recipes : Red lentil stew with dates and cumin. Hainanese chicken rice recipe, plus Penang acar. I adore recipes that make use of one cut of meat or a whole animal to create a complex dish, loaded with flavour.

Herby quinoa, feta & pomegranate salad recipe. Fiery festival falafels with rocket and minty yogurt. Food - Recipes : Red lentil and aubergine moussaka. Vegetarian Moussaka with Ricotta Topping - Vegetarian food. Yes, it is possible to make an extremely good Greek-style moussaka without meat, and even non-vegetarians will admit it tastes every bit as good. Serve it with a large bowl of crunchy salad along with some warm pitta bread. Vegetarian ricotta and a parmesan-style cheese are available from www.bookhamcheese.co.uk.