Readers' recipe swap: Roast | Felicity Cloake | Life and style Cook readers never fail to surprise: I expected a volley of roast lamb and ribs of beef this week, but instead I found myself cooking Portuguese sea bream and searching for Syrian pepper. Roasting concentrates flavours, and that rings true for my top two recipes this week, Katherine Hackworthy's sweetly spiced cake is beautifully moist and fluffy, while Cheeku Bhasin's colourful salad made the perfect spring lunch. No horseradish required. The winning recipe: spicy roasted butternut squash salad with tahini and yoghurt dressing I created a delicious spicy, butternut squash salad that I cannot stop eating!
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A spot of baking. It is rare that a week goes by without a bit of baking going on in my kitchen. A pie. Nigel Slater's spinach pie and apple focaccia recipes | Life and style | The Observer
Yotam Ottolenghi's mixed vegetables and yoghurt: A real scene-stealer of a dish. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian Mixed veg and yoghurt with green chilli oil (V) A few years ago, I had a terrific meal at Hamdi in Istanbul. It's famed for its kebabs, which were indeed exquisite, but it was a glorious mix of fried vegetables in yoghurt that stole the show for me. Serves four. Mixed vegetables and yoghurt with green chilli oil recipe, plus beef pie | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style
Thank you all so much for your votes in Project Food Blog! I am thrilled to say that I got into the final three for the 10th round due tomorrow. Protein Power Goddess Bowl
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Kookoo sabzi or herb omelette recipe | Life and style Kookoo sabzi or herb omelette. Photograph: Yuki Sugiura The word kookoo actually applies to a range of eggy dishes, which can be made with ingredients as diverse as aubergine and sugar. This recipe can be prepared in the form of baby patties, or you can make it as one large omelette and cut it into wedges (I nearly always opt for the latter, as I am very cack-handed). They are great as a lunch or light supper option, with some bread and salad, or you can tart them up into a dinner party starter – but in Iran kookoo are most often used as a sandwich filling together with fresh herbs and spicy pickled cucumbers.
Cheese-baked egg-stuffed tomatoes recipe | Life and style This Iraqi-inspired recipe is the stuff of Sunday evening suppers – nourishing, full of the taste of years gone by, but with a hint of the exotic propelling you into the week ahead. Oh, and most importantly it's real easy. The eggs are settled onto bread for two reasons: it stops them falling over, and it also serves to absorb some of the tomato-y goodness. Dishes served this way are known as tashreeb (which kind of means "drinking bread"), and it is a great way to cook – the bread somehow feels quite sinful, oozing with vegetable "dripping", and what may be a simple vegetable concoction is rendered something more substantial and filling. It's also a good way to use up not-quite-freshly-baked bread. Serves 4
Carrot and mung bean salad, plus red lentil soup with fried tofu and chilli oil recipes | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style Carrot and mung bean salad (V) Forget mung beans' reputation as healthy yet bland – used right, they soak up loads of flavour. Serves four.
Open kibbeh Kibbeh comes in all forms, but most feature bulgur and meat. Mine is a bit like a pie. Open kibbeh, plus pearl barley tabouleh with marinaded feta recipes | Yotam Ottolenghi | Food and drink | Life and style
Boozy braised shallots on top of a rich root veg mash – what could be more warming on a cold winter's day? Photograph: Colin Campbell There's nothing more marvellously wintery than orange root veg mash; some butter is all it needs. The new vegetarian: Root mash with wine-braised shallots | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style
Aubergine kuku | Yotam Ottolenghi | Vegetarian | Life and style A meeting with a passionate Iranian cook has pushed me to make more use of some core ingredients of this wonderful cuisine. Dried barberries (zereshk in Persian) are sold in Middle Eastern and Asian grocers. Their extreme sharpness is often used to create little "surprises" in pilavs, and our salads at Ottolenghi have recently benefited greatly from them. Kuku, which is similar to frittata, is great served at room temperature with a salad on the side.
On a recent visit to Israel, I was astounded by new uses for tahini, in both simple eateries and upmarket restaurants. Local connoisseurs prefer specific brands, usually Palestinian. In Britain, I would make a real effort to get a good Lebanese variety such as Al Yaman, available from Middle Eastern grocers. No offence, but the Greek brands aren't as good usually. Fried cauliflower with tahini recipe | Yotam Ottolenghi | Vegetarian | Food | Life and style
Butternut squash and tahini spread (V) Tara Wigley, who assists me in my recipe testing, emailed me about this one with "I could eat this by the bucket" in the subject field. And she's right – once you start eating it, it is hard to put aside. Butternut squash and tahini spread recipe, plus batata harra | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style
Butternut squash frittata recipe | Life and style Mary Lewis makes her butternut squash frittata. Link to video: How to cook butternut squash frittata Serves 2 generously as a main course or makes 6 portions to share for a picnic. ½ butternut squash¼ bunch sage, shredded200g goat's cheese (or feta)10 eggs
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