Lamb, Barberries & Orange Pilaf (Gheymeh Nesa)

Lamb, Barberries & Orange pilaf (Gheyme Nesa). What a beautifully aromatic dish this is. The flavours coming from the spices and in particular the fresh orange peel and barberries is a marriage made in heaven. The lamb brings an earthy taste which balances out the rest of the dish. The house at the moment just…

Shirazi Salad (Salad-e-shirazi)

Ingredients 1 small onion 2 large tomatoes 1/2 a cucumber 1/4 tsp dry mint 1/4 tsp dry dill Method Finely chop the onion and tomatoes. Peel and wash the cucumber. Finely chop the cucumber and add to the tomatoes and onions. Mix in all the ingredients together. Mix in the mint and dill (leaving a…

Pumpkin & Lamb stew (Khoresht-e-Kadoo Halvaie ba Goosht)

Ingredients 380g Pumpkin 380g Lamb 1 Onion (medium size) 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp brown granulated sugar 2 pinches of ground nutmeg 2 pinches of ground saffron 1/2 Tblsp tomato puree 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 cup oil (I used vegtable oil) for frying the pumpkin 1/4 cup oil…

Haleem (Cracked wheat and Lamb topped with Sugar & Cinnamon)

    Haleem is a wonderful hearty broth which can be eaten at any time of the day. I especially enjoy eating it during the cold winter morning’s. My grandmother always knew to make this for me when we came to visit her in Iran, she knew it was one of my favourite dishes. I…

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…