Chawanmushi

Post: Quivering Eggs Serves 4. INGREDIENTS: For the custard: 2 1/2 cups dashi 1 Tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon mirin 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs Cheesecloth, for straining Suggestions for additions: Half of a package of enokitake mushrooms 4 fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced Spring onion for garnish METHOD: 1. Beat the eggs lightly, then add […]

Za’atar

Post: Za’atar It can be bought, or – you can make your own Ingredients 1 tablespoon dried thyme or oregano 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 tablespoon toasted  sesame seeds 1 tablespoon sumac ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon or more aleppo chili flakes- optional Method: Mix all the ingredients together in […]

Cauliflower and Cumin Fritters with Mint Yoghurt

Post: A Reading Week Makes about 10 fritters INGREDIENTS 1 small cauliflower cut into 4-5cm florets 120g plain flour 20g parsley finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 1/2 tsp chilli flakes 1/2 tsp baking powder 250 ml sunflower oil salt […]

Chip Stew or Khoresht-e-Gheimeh Sibzamini

Post: Black Limes Ingredients: 250g split peas, soaked for 30 mins 2 small red peppers, chopped 2 medium onions, chopped oil for frying 1 heaped tsp turmeric 1 tsp ground black pepper 8 dried limes, rinsed and pricked 2 tbsp tomato puree 1.3 litres of cold water 250g cherry tomatoes 1-2tsp salt 700g potatoes suitable […]

Georgian Achma

POST: ACHMA Ingredients: For the dough: 400gm flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup water (may be a bit more) 2-4 tablespoons oil pinch of salt For the filling: 500gm mix of Feta, Mozarella and ricotta cheese 1 cup of sour cream 50-80gm melted butter Method: In a bowl of an electric mixer fit with the paddle […]

Loquats

POST: LOQUATS For Loquat Foam (A Quick Dessert.) Whip the whites of five eggs to a stiff froth; sweeten with two cupfuls of powdered sugar and stir in gradually one cupful of loquat jelly. Serve in sherbet glasses with a teaspoonful of whipped cream on the top of each. A sprinkling of ground nuts added […]

Twice Baked Kumara with Dukka

POST: KUMARA Serves 8 Dukka tames the sweetness of sweet potatoes and gives them some crunch. 5 medium sweet potatoes 1 Tbs. olive oil 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled 8 Tbs. Dukka 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Poke sweet potatoes all over with fork; bake on baking sheet 1 hour, or until soft. Cool 10 minutes. […]

A Cuban Picadillo

POST: JALAPENO Prepare the picadillo a few hours, or the day before, serving. Serve with rice tossed in toasted pumpkin seed, or with quinoa. Serves 4. Ingredients: 375-500gram seitan 1 tblsp olive oil 1 tblsp chopped garlic 1 cup chopped onion 2 medium peppers (1 capsicum, 1 jalapeno) seeded and diced 1 tsp dried oregano […]

Homity Pie

Post: Homity Pie The original Cranks recipe called for wholemeal pastry cases, but by 1986 the recipe was felt to be old fashioned and so the pastry went. Here is the updated ‘healthy’ 1996 recipe for Cranks Homity Pie. I hope you enjoy it. Ingredients 1 kg/ 2lb potatoes 50g/2oz butter 200ml/8fl oz sour cream […]

Gula Melaka Syrup

Post: Gula Melaka Preparation Time – 10 minutes; Cooking Time – 20 minutes; Makes 250 ml. Gula Melaka makes a delicious syrup in its own right and goes with salted coconut milk and shaved ice, or ice-cream. Ingredients 300g coconut sugar, roughly chopped if it comes in a block 150ml water grated rind of 1 […]

Green Chickpea Bean Pilaf

Post: Fresh Harbara Channa Ingredients 2 tbsp oil 1 pinch asafoetida 1 bay leaf 1 tsp cumin seed 3 cloves garlic chopped finely 1 tbsp ginger chopped finely 1 red onion chopped finely 1 tsp red chilli powder (or to taste) 1 cup tomatoes chopped finely 1 tsp salt (or to taste) 1 cup green […]