Spaghetti with dried baby shrimps, anchovies and dill

SPAGHETTI UMAMI | A fusion dish comprised of dill, lemon, anchovies and dried baby shrimp. Despite I’m trying to embark on a keto diet, I had an irresistible craving for pasta today – one that I could not resist. To that effect, I acted on my instincts and came up with my own modified lemon…

Pan-seared salmon with apricot saffron salsa

SALMON WITH AN APRICOT TWIST | A fruity take on the pan-fried salmon Seeing I still have a pack of dried apricots I purchased in Melbourne this year, I thought I’d raid my fridge to see what else I had to make a sumptious lunchtime meal.   Enter an apricot salsa made from a concoction of…

Fig and Banana Smoothie with Chocolate Tahini

FIGS WITH CHOCOLATE TAHINI | A slice of heaven delivered as a healthy elixir  Turkish figs are lux but what can be even more lux is when it you incorporate it into a breakfast smoothie made with almond milk, frozen banana and a dollop of chocolate tahini. Turkey is renowned as the world’s largest producer…

Charred Tomatoes With Black Lava Salt On Cold Yoghurt

This recipe was inspired by Simple, Ottolenghi’s latest book; except I added my own twist (and subtracted the thyme and oregano since I didn’t have any at hand – yes, one must improvise 😉 ). Charred tomatoes on a bed of cold, creamy Greek yoghurt. Finish with a dusting of black lava salt and a…

Buckwheat Pancakes with Figs and Chocolate Tahini

BUCKWHEAT FIG AND TAHINI PANCAKES | Buckwheat, a protein-rich seed, is a perfect substitute for those on gluten-free diets  After much thought, I finally put my chocolate tahini I purchased from the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem to good use. To spoil your loved ones with a luscious breakfast treat, try making these buckwheat pancakes…

Torn bread, tomato, roast lemon salad with sumac and toasted pine nuts

TOSSED BREAD TOMATO SALAD  | Sumac, lemon and juicy ripe tomatoes is all it takes in this Middle Eastern salad In this salad, the bread takes centerstage. True that there are many variations of tomato salads but very few involve roasting lemon pieces and bread together. Spruce this up with some citrus-tasting sumac and a…

Fig and Haricot Vert Salad with Date Molasses and Toasted Almonds

LUSCIOUS FIG SALAD WITH HARICOT VERTS | Kid you not, this salad screams vibrant flavours The luxury of a luscious ripe fig is second to none.  A sweet, honeyed taste and a soft (some might say ‘squishy’) texture make fresh figs worth seeking out. Unctuous fruit studded with discernible seeds are a far cry from…

Easy Summer Gazpacho

GAZPACHO ANDALUZ | A bomb of rich nutrients condensed in the form of a refreshing soup that can be readily made in 15 minutes.  Having just returned home from a whirlwind escapade to Spain and the Basque country, I was completely mesmerised by the arresting landscape, architecture, rich culture and history, and of course, the…

Creamy cashew asparagus leek soup with a hint of thyme and lemon

SUPER GREEN GOODNESS | Nutrient-rich and comforting asparagus leek soup bursting with cashew creaminess To spruce up those spring and summer months, I strongly advise making this potent green (detoxing) concoction for the family (or friends). Asparagus, leek, green peas, and spring onion soup infused with the creaminess of roasted cashews and enhanced by a…

Stir-fried Broccoli with Anchovies

BROCCOLI WITH ANCHOVIES | A easy side dish with an umami punch Broccoli with anchovies…who would have thought these two would pair well together. Well, I’m here to tell you that these two complement each other like a married couple and to elevate the pairing, I would suggest a generous toppling of garlic bread crumbs….