Quick and Easy Harissa Hummus

I make a version of ‘hummus’ quite often. By this I mean, a basic hummus recipe but not necessarily made with chickpeas but often with butter beans or cannelloni beans instead; even roasted vegetables such as beetroot and squash. Then the other day I was in the National Portrait Gallery café and had a sandwich that had […]

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Restaurant Review: The Real Greek, Covent Garden, London

The evening started with a wonderful ‘Platform’ conversation at the National Theatre with Sam Mendes talking about his current production of King Lear, starring Simon Russell Beale in the lead role. It was a brilliant talk with not just insights into the thinking behind this acclaimed production (which I saw a couple of weeks ago) but […]

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Ispanak Ezmesi – Turkish Spinach with Pine Nuts & Yogurt

I wrote yesterday about making Imam Bayildi and how I’d wanted to recreate the lunch I had in Istanbul three weeks ago on my first day there. I’d chosen to have just a couple of meze – appetisers – with some Turkish pide bread for a light lunch. The spinach was wrapped in lots of […]

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Meze Supper

I’m having a bit of a love affair with Middle Eastern food at the moment inspired by my purchase of Gillie Basan’s The Middle Eastern Kitchen earlier this week. Though to be honest, I’m always pretty much in love with lovely mezes and other Middle Eastern dishes, which will be known to regular readers of this […]

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