Hummus is filling, deliciously tasty and so easy to make at home. Perfect for eating as a snack with some warm home-baked flatbread (another blog post), used as a spread for sandwiches or served with grills, barbecued meats or chicken. We all love hummus in our family and we sometimes love to top hummus with minced lamb cooked with sweet spices and pine nuts, then garnish the dish with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and olive oil, this is one of our favourite mezze dishes when dining at a Lebanese restaurant.
With the help of a food processor/blender it only takes a couple of minutes to make up a bowlful of hummus… it’s the soaking and cooking of dried chickpeas that takes time. Canned chickpeas are a handy store cupboard ingredient when you don’t have the time to use dried chickpeas or can’t be bothered. Continue reading
We are definitely feeling the cold in Bahrain at the moment and although our winters are short-lived, it is a welcoming change from our searing hot summers. Outdoors we can wear our winter woolies and indoors it is a good time to put the casserole pot to good use and cook piping hot hearty oven-to-table family meals. What I love about one-pot meals, they can be as simple as this Braised Chicken with Tomatoes, Potatoes and Herbs or more elaborate, like Beef Bourguignon. This fuss free one-pot meal takes little time to prepare and as the dish is completely cooked in the casserole pot, there is hardly any washing-up to do. Continue reading
Baking home-made bread provides immense satisfaction and even though I have made bread on many occasions I feel a great sense of pride when taking a freshly baked loaf from the oven… every single time! When entertaining I might spend hours preparing for a dinner party and carefully laying the table, but once the home-made bread appears before the guests… all other efforts fade in comparison. With the heavenly baking aromas I would bake fresh bread everyday, but I know I (and the rest of the family) would be the size of a house if I did.
“Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name.” – Russian Cafe Sign. Continue reading