Muhammara – Syrian Red Pepper Dip

This flavoursome roasted red pepper dip originally from the Levant is enjoyed across the Middle East and is naturally vegan and a wonderful alternative to the usual hummus. It’s great as part of a mezze feast or addition to a BBQ or even as a starter with some warmed pitta or fatbreads. Everyone is always…

Chocolate enrobed stuffed dates

Dates are truly natures caramel and its why many vegan and health conscious recipes use them as a caramel base in bakes and goodies. They are naturally sweet and molassesy and have a pleasant chewy texture which is delicious when contrasted with a crunchy toasty nuts. With Ramadan in full swing I have been thinking…

Fragrant Coconut Dhal

This dhal is one of the most comforting, economical and delicious dishes I know of and we enjoy it almost every week. Dhal is a ubiquitous term for a dish that can look completely different depending on where in India you might eat it and each state in India has its favourite version. While all…

Persian Aubergine & Split Pea Stew – Khoresht Bademjan

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 3 medium Aubergines quartered lengthwise and then cut into chunks. 3 tbsp olive oil 1 cup yellow split peas (soaked in water for 2-3 hours and boiled for 10mins) 2 large onions, peeled and sliced very thin – one for stew – one for garnish. 3-4 TBSP butter/ghee, for frying the onion…

Moroccan Orange & Lemon Roast Chicken

I think one of my earliest “pleasureful” memories of eating as a kid is one of eating roast chicken. My mother made the best, (of course) and it was a dish that brought us all together. I even remember her roasting a chicken and wrapping it in foil for long plane journeys so we could…

Persian Love Cake

This cake is one of the most fragrant and elegant that I have ever made and every time I make it again I am always reminded of just how simple yet luxurious and flavourful it is. The ground almonds ensure a very moist finish and it can keep for several days if sealed well in…

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes

These delectably spiced, soft and cloud like pancakes filled with butternut squash are (believe it or not!) originally from a northern area of Iran called Gilān. This area is quite close to Azerbaijan and the Turkish regions of Iran and has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere – it’s a place that often referred to…

Almond & Orange Delights

I guess this recipe could qualify as a florentine but not in the traditional sense as it has no butter in the recipe. The crisp texture and aromatic flavour of this delectable treat is redolent of the Middle East and its light enough to be enjoyed guilt free. They also happen to be gluten and…

Rose & Walnut Baklava

The origins of this sumptuous flaky, buttery and aromatic delicacy are quite controversial, and very much up for debate as it is not very well documented. The Greeks, Turkish and Middle Easterners all claim Baklava as their own and depending on where you eat it can be prepared in a wide range of ways. There…