Jerusalem: Burnt eggplant with lemon juice, garlic and pomegranate (aka sort of baba ganoush)

I had never made baba ganoush before, so I  wanted to give it a try. This apparently isn’t a traditional recipe – because there isn’t tahini in it – but it sounded good. I broiled the eggplant, scooped it out and let it drain, and then mixed everything in. It’s as simple as that. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Jerusalem: Burnt eggplant with lemon juice, garlic and pomegranate (aka sort of baba ganoush)

Jerusalem: Roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad

So, this was supposed to be the cauliflower and hazelnut salad from Jerusalem. Instead, it’s a combination of that and a Brussels sprout salad I found online by the same author. I kind of mashed the two together, with good results. I didn’t have quiet enough cauliflower for just the one salad. So this salad… Continue reading Jerusalem: Roasted cauliflower and hazelnut salad

Jerusalem – Chicken with caramelized onion and cardamon rice

Another recipe from Jerusalem, and it’s a winner. It looked amazing in the book, and was just as amazing when I ate it! It looks complicated, but it really isn’t. The beauty of it is because it’s all cooked in the same pan, you build up nice flavour. First, you caramelize the onion. While that’s… Continue reading Jerusalem – Chicken with caramelized onion and cardamon rice

Jerusalem – Roasted butternut squash and red onion

My other Middle Eastern book purchase was Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi’s very popular book. I never seriously considered buying it before, but I am so glad that I did. It’s a gorgeous book. The first recipe I made was the roasted butternut squash and red onion with a tahini sauce and za’atar. It isn’t more complicated… Continue reading Jerusalem – Roasted butternut squash and red onion

Zahav – Quinoa, pea and mint tabbouleh

And…I have another couple new additions, both Middle Eastern cookbooks. Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe for a Brussels sprout salad based on a salad from the book Zahav. It was amazing. I remembered that I love Middle Eastern cuisine – especially the vegetables. The flavours are so fresh and vibrant. So then I got obsessed… Continue reading Zahav – Quinoa, pea and mint tabbouleh

Mamushka – Holubtsi

Another new addition to my collection is Mamushka, a collection of Eastern European recipes from a Ukrainian chef based in Britain. My great grandparents came to Canada from Ukraine, and my grandfather actually ministered to Ukrainian communities throughout the prairies. We didn’t grow up with Ukrainian food traditions, but I’ve started discovering them as an… Continue reading Mamushka – Holubtsi