A simple and quick version of lasagne from ” Mezcla” by Ixta Belfrage. If you like you could use chicken stock or bone broth if you are not catering for vegetarians. Spinach, chard leaves or ham also make a good addition to the layers.
A fancy cheese on toast for brunch . You can cut it up into quarters and serve with a crisp salad for lunch or dinner. Or you can cut into smaller squares and serve as a sharing snack. The recipe is from ” Mezcla” by Ixta Belfrage and can be doubled for a crowd.
This used to be my go to recipe for chicken fajitas and despite many years passing its still a favourite. It came from a BBC Good Food magazine but i have no idea who the author was. You can use raw prawns or beef instead of the chicken if you like.
A very good version of this Spanish classic from ” Moorish” by Ben Tish. There have been many times in Spain recently where I have been served these with a mixture of mayo and tomato ketchup and been somewhat disappointed . And the chips are very good on their own too.
A Korean dish of marinated meat and my go to dish whenever i visit my local restaurant Per and Kor. Its run by a lovely couple- she is Korean and he is Persian and I have never been disappointed with the food although there can be a bit of a wait. They serve their Bulgogi with crunchy lettuce leaves to wrap the beef. This version is from ” A Flash in the Pan” by John Whaite. Start making this in the morning to give the beef plenty of time to marinate.
This can be made with French beans, Runner beans or flat beans and is usually served cold as an appetiser but can be served warm as a side or as a main dish with flatbread. It’s from ” Sumac” by Anas Atassi.
A Syrian version of the simple and popular middle eastern dish of eggs with spicy tomatoes known as Shakshuka. Its’s from ” Sumac” by Anas Atassi. It can be served at any time of day and is good accompanied by flatbread, baguette or oven chips.
A very good lentil salad from ” The Really Helpful Cookbook” by Ruth Watson. The salad will benefit from being made ahead and sitting in the dressing for a day or two.The tapenade in this recipe does not include any anchovies so it is suitable for vegetarians. You could use ready made tapenade if you like or put anchoiade on the toast instead. Any leftover tapenade can be kept in the fridge for up to a week to serve with drinks .