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Chickpeas with lemon & garlic

Chickpeas with lemon & garlic

This recipe for Chickpeas with lemon & garlic is a perfect accompaniment to a whole host of dishes. It really needs to be made with dried chickpeas for the best results so a little planning ahead is required.

The broth that is created whilst cooking this dish is fantastic and can be eaten straight from the pan hot, or my preference is to let it cool in the fridge overnight. The next day, the flavours will have intensified and you really get the lemon and garlic coming through.

Braised Ox Cheeks

Braised Ox Cheeks

Ox Cheeks when cooked slowly over a period of 3 – 4 hours are absolutely amazing! The fat renders down, and results in an absolutely crazy rich gravy. Strong, deep flavours within the meat and a very comforting unctuous quality to each and every forkful. You must try this recipe!

Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

This Chicken Tagine recipe is a brilliantly quick and easy way to cook a hearty, healthy, winter warmer of a dish.

Tagine is Moroccan and is both the name of the dish, and the vessel that it is traditionally cooked in. There are numerous different recipes that you can follow, but they generally all include meat (normally Chicken, Lamb or Beef), vegetables and fruit or olives.

Pistachio, Coconut & Blueberry Cake

Pistachio, Coconut & Blueberry Cake

The recipe for Pistachio, Coconut & Blueberry Cake is amazing! The recipe uses mostly ground nuts for the cake with only a small amount of flour. This makes it extremely moreish and I can guarantee that it won’t be left sitting in your kitchen for long! The Blueberries are like little jam bombs inside the cake and the addition of the chocolate ganache adds a little bit of luxury.

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a North African dish made with a rich and spicy tomato sauce, accompanied by runny, oozing eggs.

It is quite often served as a breakfast or lunch dish, however, I have bulked things up a little here with addition of some lamb meatballs.

Shakshuka is a quick and simple midweek dish that can be cooked up in a big pan, put in the middle of the dinner table so everyone can just get stuck in. The spicing is mild enough for the kids to love it too!

Guacamole

Guacamole

Guacamole these days is a well known component to the Friday /Saturday night tradition of chips & dips – you know, the usuals… tortilla or posh Kettle chips with cream cheese & chive, hummus, taramasalata (if you’re feeling adventurous), and of course Guacamole.

Proper homemade Guacamole, should be rich and creamy from really good quality, and really ripe Avocados

For me the initial texture should be followed up with a bit of a kick! This comes from finely chopped shallots or red onions, hot red chilli and I always add a bit of Garlic

Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

Maple Syrup Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is probably as traditional a mixed drink you can get, dating back to the days of the prohibition it is supposedly the first drink that was referred to as a ‘cocktail’.

This version replaces the traditional use of a sugar cube, with a tsp of Maple Syrup instead, creating a really smooth, smoky flavour.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde

Roast Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde

Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde is an absolutely delicious way of serving up this fantastic cut of meat. This is a perfect recipe for those Sundays where you have a whole tribe to cook for. With a bit of preparation all the work can be done in advance and it just needs slamming in the oven for a few hours, the result is an absolutely amazing and tasty Sunday Lunch!

Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemon

Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemon

This recipe of Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemons is in my opinion a perfect introductory dish into the wonderful world of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is really simple and easy to make, and will reward you with some absolutely amazing flavours and aromas, both whilst preparing and cooking it, and most importantly whilst eating it!

Lamb Koftas

Lamb Koftas

Yesterday’s lunch was a last minute affair, me and the kids had headed over to Tynemouth to see a pal, and before long conversation turned to what was for lunch. After a quick brainstorm and a trip to the local supermarket we were back in the kitchen rustling up some really tasty lamb Koftas.

With 2 keen cooks working away, lunch was ready within about 25 minutes, and the result was a really tasty, low-carb (January diet) and really very healthy lunch.