All work and no food makes me want to cook on the weekend! I have had a tough week foodwise, it has been all rushed and no fiesta, nor siesta for that matter. Let me share my week in food with you:
Monday: cereal, tuna fish sandwich with egg and rucola for lunch, salad for dinner
Tuesday/Wednesday: cereal, tuna fish salad with asparagus for lunch, salad for dinner
Thursday: Cereal, tuna fish sandwich with egg and rucola for lunch, bread snacks and ready made aubergine salad with tea for dinner
Friday: Bread, no lunch, Chinese at the local Chinese restaurant, which makes me want to fly to the UK for real Chinese food for dinner
Saturday: I spent hours in the kitchen making the following, I needed something good to eat!
The result above: starting bottom right 1) focaccia with onion and rough grain sea salt on top, charred eggplant salad with capers in brine, tomatoes, onions, fresh mint and fresh parsley 2) yoghurt with dried mint, ideally use full-fat yoghurt and lots of dried mint, make sure you leave it to sit for about 2 hours in the fridge or longer for the flavours to develop 3) homemade hummus, I cheated here using chickpeas out of the tin 800g, drained, pureed added 3 garlic cloves, ice-cold water and 250g tahini and 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4) olives 5) one of my favourite turkish recipes approx recipe here- 750g zucchini – grated, add salt, leave for a bit, squeeze out excess water. Add 1 tbs turkish red pepper flakes, 3 eggs, 1 cup crumbled feta or similar cheese, 1 cup flour, a handful of chopped parsley a handful of chopped dill, 1 spring onion white part only cut into small rings. Mix and fry in small batches to make patties. Yum. 5) Köfte following Ottolenghis Jerusalem cookbook. If you don’t have that one yet, buy it. It’s only a click away! Oh and top right you can see my gardening shears…….
For dessert I baked a simple cake with almond and vanilla essence and served it with billows of whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
I was a whole lot happier after dinner, I can tell you :)!
Happy end of the weekend all.