Beet tahini

So here is something really good you can do with tahini, the sesame seed paste of my previous post It tastes great and looks amazing!  Some people call it beet hummus but I’m not sure that’s […]


Tahini – made from scratch

I’m really excited about this because where I live good tahina – sesame seed paste – is pretty hard to come by. It’s an essential ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and so finding a source […]


Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade

This little gem is just about the quickest, easiest thing you can make and is perfect for those times that you have to produce something tasty at a moments notice. I was given this sun-dried […]


Fresh Seafood with Pasta and Green Harissa

Summertime and the living is easy…and you definitely don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. This imperessive Ottolenghi seafood dish is really effortless yet tastes just as good as it looks – maybe even better! […]


Persian chicken with yoghurt and saffron

Since the saffron adventure I’ve been on the hunt for great saffron recipes and was very excited to discover this lovely chicken dish from the book “Persiana”  by Sabrina Ghayour.  Her recipe is an adaptation of […]



Yoghurt plays a huge role in my diet. I can eat it breakfast, lunch and supper. I have it with homemade granola in the morning and then alongside savoury dishes later in the day. It’s one thing I always […]


Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon

Apologies for my long absence. I had a few weeks of hardly being able to drag myself away from the news. Posting about food seemed so pointless in the light of what was going on in the […]


Mushroom and Mozzarella Bourekas

I think it’s about time for a quick and easy recipe – one with no obscure ingredients, that you can make tonight. This is one of my standbys – a light flaky savoury pastry with […]


Saffron – the most expensive spice in the world

A little while ago, a friend returning from Morocco presented me with a big bag of saffron. Or at least he thought he did. What he really gave gave me was a big bag of ground […]


The truth about…Olive Oil

Most people move to Spain for the sun and the wine, but me, I’m here for the olive oil. I  know olive oil comes up in just about all my posts but that’s because it’s just such […]


Black Garlic and all things umami

I obviously don’t read many food blogs since there are all sorts of new things going on in the food world that I know nothing about. This recent voyage of discovery started when I noticed something […]


Falafel – tasty and authentic

This falafel recipe comes by popular request, and I’m not surprised given that there are a lot of strange falafel recipes out there. To begin with, there are the recipes that tell you can use canned chickpeas. […]


Grilled Jerk Chicken with Mango Lime salad

  “Seriously? You’re going to Notting Hill carnival today?” was the overall reaction from our friends. Sunday -‘family day’- is apparently the day to go to London’s annual Bank Holiday event, and this year there had only […]


Caper Berries Andaluz

“The best capers I’ve ever eaten,” says my friend Elina. “You’ve got to try them” And so it is that she fixes me up to meet Antonio, from a family of master caper makers. I meet Antonio […]


Grilled flatbread with Green Charmoula

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to master the art of pita making. Well, even if I wasn’t able to master it then at least I could try for something better than […]


Schug – a Yemenite hot sauce

It’s a very weird word Schug…How do you even pronounce it let alone spell it? Schoog maybe. Anyway, call it what you want, it’s a wonderful fiery cilantro based Yemenite hot sauce that you can use […]


Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes…such strange things to eat. We nibble away at the ends of the leaves like biting stems of grass. Of course, as you go on, there’s more to bite until the leaves get so tender […]


Carrot and Ginger Soup

  It feels a bit strange giving this recipe for carrot and ginger soup because I’ve got a feeling that a lot of you already make it.  So, if you don’t, then this one is […]



Many are the meals you have to make with no plan and almost nothing to cook with. yet often they turn out to be the best.  Here’s an easy, tasty meal that never fails me and with […]


Pan Seared Red Snapper with Sumac

  Another New Year and another opportunity to make some resolutions.  My resolutions always revolve around organisation so I’m proud to say that I’ve already got off to a good start. If you check on […]



Nuts and spices Egyptian style My plans for the “Greek” blog have been thwarted once again. No sooner had I unpacked and started to settle back into life and a working internet, when the phone […]


Halloumi Saganaki

Greece was wonderful – an oasis of jasmine and bougainvillea, crystal clear deep turquoise water, constant sun, views of islands are far as the eye could see BUT terrible internet. After I tired of sitting outside cafes with free Wifi, […]


Goats Cheese Greek Style – Mezithra

It’s been many years since I was last in Greece. Greece was my first bit of independent travel – sleeping on beaches and the roofs of half built hotels. Living on gyro wraps and stuffed tomatoes. […]


Notes from a Greek Island

Greece is all over the news these days – drowning in debt, on the verge of collapse, on the brink of total disaster  – and no doubt all that is true. But from where I’m […]


Smokey aubergine and Baba Ganoush

Yes more aubergine and this has to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to cook aubergine. However, there is one requirement and that is that you need a flame. If you cook on an electric stovetop […]


The Serene Aubergine

Tunisian Aubergine Its hard to believe that there is not one single aubergine recipe on this whole blog, since aubergine is something I love and cook all the time in a multitude of ways. Time […]


Greener than green

Our  organic vegetable box arrives every Tuesday, a hue of vibrant green. There are leaves of every shape and form and sometimes it’s hard to tell what is what.  Some come with vegetables attached. others bunched together with […]


Oven Roasted Winter Vegetables with Chickpeas and Harissa

I heard a quote yesterday, supposedly by Picasso, saying if you don’t have green, then paint the tree red. And that was very much in my mind today while cooking lunch. Enticed by the photo, I had decided […]