on December 18, 2013
Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favourites, and this cookbook has delighted me with easy to follow recipes which mostly contain ingredients that are easy to get hold of. Occasionally you might need to explore to find a spice but as long as your cupboard is stocked with the basics you will have no problem whipping up the majority of the delicious meals.
The Muttabal (aubergine dip with tahina) has won me, my family and my friends over completely. It takes 5 minutes to whip up once you've roasted the brinjal and is heavenly. The braised beef with yoghurt is a simple stew that tastes too good to describe. In fact all of the recipes which I have tried so far have been splendid successes - now to try and expand my repetoire! We might be having a Middle Eastern themed Christmas meal this year. In addition to being simple and easy to follow, the recipes often come with anecdotes which help to explain the culture and provide a window into a world where food and the ritual of eating carries a different weight. A great book.