The Pear and I!

If I were to ask you to describe the Pear, what springs to mind? You see, as a cook and a writer, I look at things a little bit more in depth, and I would say without any reservation that the same would be true for my fellow cooks and avid writers. So last night,…

Saffron & Rose petal pancakes with Honey glazed pan fried Figs

Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 medium sized egg 2 cups whole milk 1/3 cup white granulated sugar 1/3 cup oil 1/4 tsp ground saffron 1 tsp pistachios 1 ripe fig 3 tbsp honey 1/4 tsp crushed rose petals Method In a large bowl,  add the flour, baking powder, crushed  dried…

Peanut butter, Banana & Honey Oat bars

What to do with 5 ripe bananas! Well that was my dilemma today. Cake did cross my mind, but it just didn’t feel like a cake day, although few and far between, there are non cake days! A really healthy, scrumptious oat bar with no sugar. Ingredients 5 ripe bananas 3 cups Museli (I used…

Chilli Chocolate Seasalt Cake

Chilli Chocolate Sea Salt cake. I’ve been thinking about making this cake for ages and it tastes better than I thought it would. The depth of the dark chocolate comes through with hints of salty over sweet, but it’s that special tingle you get from the chilli dancing in your mouth that takes it to…

Lamb & Lentil Stew (Khoresht-e-Gheymeh)

Khoresht-e-Geyme is a very traditional Iranian dish. There’s not an Iranian house that hasn’t at one point made this dish. It’s also made during particular religious ceremonies. Ingredients 240g diced shoulder of lamb (chopped I to small cubes) 1 Onion (finely chopped) 1 tsp tumeric 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I’ve got to tell you, the first time I tasted this lovely cake was at a friend’s house. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Seema, my school friend had invited me over to her house for lunch. Her lovely mum had prepared a scrumptious lamb curry, I can smell it now as I’m…

Cucumber drink (sharbat-ek-kheyar)

I made this cucumber and rosewater drink a couple of days ago after a nostalgic day out at London Bridge. This is such a refreshing and fragrant drink, even better chilled in the fridge for an hour or so. For those adventurous souls on these beautiful summer days, a splash of vodka will happily dance…

Almond & Saffron cake

This is a fragrant almond cake with hints of saffron lifting the flavour which marries well with the rosewater syrup.