Loving Ottolenghi Leftovers!

Lebanese Loveliness!, Rocking Dog

Lebanese Loveliness!

I have shelves of cookery books, but none so well used as those by Yotam Ottolenghi. My favourite volume is “Jerusalem” co-written with Sami Tamimi. Baby spinach salad with dates & almonds, Lamb meatballs with barberries yoghurt & herbs, Roasted chicken with clementines and arak are all truly delicious. To shake up Sunday lunch the Lamb shawarma is amazing! It involves making a spicy rub using a veritable list of spices and then massaging the rub into a leg of lamb.

Desserts are not forgotten, and the boys include a recipe for a brilliant sort of deconstructed crumble. It’s a great recipe for entertaining, can be cooked ahead, and guests enjoy helping themselves to the varied components. I like to use whatever fruits are in season.

This week I have been cooking some recipes from Yotam’s latest book “Plenty More”. It’s a book celebrating vegetarian dishes and as always the food photography is mouth watering, I am a girl who likes her pictures! The above image shows Yotam’s Rice salad with nuts & sour cherries. Basmati & wild rice, quinoa, almonds and lots of fresh herbs feature. One evening I served the salad with homemade Lamb kofta’s and the following day I had the pleasure of salad leftovers! I crumbled a little Feta over the salad and enjoyed some sunshine whilst contemplating my Day of the Triffids Garden! Everything is growing SO rapidly especially the weeds.

Most cities have great shops to purchase supplies of spices, flatbreads, fresh exotic fruits and vegetables etc.. Here in Bristol “The Sweet Mart” is fantastic. One year we boycotted doing a Christmas roast and cooked an authentic Indian feast. It was lovely to prepare and cook with ingredients that we had never used before.

If you are ever in London, check out Ottolenghi’s restaurants and the new posh kebab place “Sesame” in Covent Garden (launched on Friday)

Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad tonight- hope there’ll be leftovers!

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