Category Archives: mediterranean recipes

A Fool and His Medals

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Felt like a serious Sunday brunch was required, and a random post in a newspaper…..

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/20/family-life-sister-lost-spike-jones-city-slickers-egyptian-shakshuka

…. sparked off a sudden desire for shakshuka/huevos rancheros, which when at home is known as “eggs with spicy tomato stuff”, a recipe I’ve explored previously on a number of occasions, only this time with beans involved.  I understand that traditional Middle-Eastern preference is for fava beans (the humble broad bean to us Brits), but I compromised with what’s actually in the cupboard, and chucked in a can of cannellini beans instead.  Whilst you’re waiting for yours to cook, check out this Wikipedia entry on Fuls Medames, a common Middle-Eastern breakfast.  Now let’s be honest, does this not look way cooler and more nourishing than a bowl of Frosties….?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful_medames

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Spicy Chickpea, Harissa and Aubergine Stew

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Along with the bananas I have a fridge full of slightly wrinkled vegetables that really should have been eaten a week ago.  Rescued an aubergine, beat it unconscious on the kitchen counter-top, sliced and liberally salted it, then left the twitching remains in a colander for 40 minutes.

(I’ve heard that modern aubergines are bred to remove the “bitter” taste these days, with salting no longer necessary, but whenever I’ve omitted this step I’ve ended up eating lovingly-cooked spicy car tyre so I faithfully maintain The Old Ways).

Original from a recipe at the Daily Fail, which I’m not going to link to because it’s the Fail.  Feel free to go look for it on the website, if you can stand an entire sidebar of Semi Famous Women who are being accused of “flaunting their curves” when they’ve had the temerity to pop out for a pint of milk.

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Cheese, Aubergine & Tomato Bake

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This is a little more complicated than normal, but very, very moreish….

Original version here:

http://fueledbyvegetables.com/2014/10/29/eggplant-parmesan-gf/#comment-7588

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Lentil, Bulgur Wheat, Paprika & Mint Soup

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Between overtime at work and various other stuff it’s likely to be busy this week, so decided to knock up this tasty lentil soup.  Between this, the biryani rice, and a pack of defrosted mini-naans I should be well sorted dinner-wise for the week ahead….

Original from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/05/couscous-bulgur-quinoa-recipes

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PowerBrekkie

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Was rudely woken by the alarm on my mobile at 6.30 this morning.  Particularly galling as I’m actually on leave today and don’t remember setting the alarm for anything whatsoever short of 2016 (!).  Dossed about listening to Radio 4 for a bit then consoled myself with this spicy Turkish breakfast recipe and a coriander mini-naan, utilising some left-overs from yesterday’s post:- https://theanxiouscook.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/vegvegvegvegvegvegvegvegvegveg/

Original from here:

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/foodanddrink/recipes/comfort-food-turkish-menemen-sumac-yoghurt/fd-93d8f2c0-5d01-5426-ac42-f1ab9475ea50

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Fattoush

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Fattoush.

What a great word.  Sounds like an insult. OI! FATTOUSH!!

But thankfully for everyone’s feelings it’s actually just a kind of Eastern Mediterranean salad, ideal for using up slightly dry/stale bread.  Which was handy as I had 2/3rds of a baton of good quality white bread to use up, just in time for a family BBQ.

Wikipedia has some nice traditional variations on the dish listed; the one I made today is based round a Jack Monroe recipe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fattoush

http://agirlcalledjack.com/2014/07/09/radish-fattoush/

 

(no photo unfortunately as we ate most of it)

 

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“they call me the first English king, although I came from France…”

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Next up, one half of that Half an Aubergine That’s Been Blocking Up the Fridge For a While.

A spicy side-dish, with a Mediterranean slant….

http://www.food.com/recipe/spicy-stir-fried-eggplant-aubergine-165896

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