Pan seared seabass on a bed of mashed potatoes

Ingredients 2 medium sized fillets of seabass 1 tblsp lemon juice 5 small to medium sized potatoes 1 clove garlic 1 tsp dry tarragon 2 tsp salt Pinch pepper 6 tblsp olive oil Method For the mashed potatoes Peel, wash and chop each potato into 4 pieces. Put put  potatoes into a medium saucepan. Add…

Strawberry Jam (Morabaye Tootfarangi)

There is nothing more satisfying than making jam from seasonal fruit. Strawberries are in season and in abundance here in the UK. I and another mummy took my daughter and two of her school friends out strawberry picking and the wonderful nostalgic memories of fruit picking, especially strawberries came flooding back. My brother and I,…

Fish Tahchin – (Tahchin-e-Mahee)

Ingredients For the Fish 1kg Fish (I used Cod) 2 Onions (medium size) 1/2 tsp ground saffron 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp turmeric 4 cloves of garlic 3 cups of water For the rice 3 cups of rice (white basmati) 1pt cold water 1 tblsp salt 1/4 cup oil (vegetable) For the…

Chocolate Moose

This is a really easy chocolate moose recepie with just two main ingredients. Ingredients 3 egg whites 150g dark chocolate at 65% Fresh raspberries (optional) Method Whisk the egg whites together in a bowl until they form stiff peaks. Break the chocolate up into small pieces and place in a plastic bowl. Pour 1 cup…

Chicken Tahchin – (Tahchin-e-Morgh)

This is a wonderful hearty dish with loads of flavour. A fantastic centre piece if you don’t want to cook a stew to accompany the rice. This is an all in one dish that packs a punch with the aromatic spices used and the chicken plays well with the saffron yogurt rice. The crispy base…

Halva “Finger Twister” – Halva-ye-Angoosht-Peech

Halva – (Halva-ye-angoosht-peech). I  made this for a friend who recently lost her father. A sweet dish usually made in Iran when someone passes away. Also made in some parts of Asia and the Middle East. This particular halva is quite special in that you can literally twist it round your finger, it’s so stretchy!…

Chicken, Pomegranate & Walnut Stew – Fesenjoon

I’ve got to be honest with you guys… I did think twice about writing this post, and then I thought what the heck! food is to be enjoyed and shared. Why did I think twice?? Well Fesenjoon is an acquired taste, it is for the majority of Iranians a lovely savory and sweet dish, balanced…

Kutlets (Persian Cotlet)

Ingredients 1 onion 1 potato 1 egg 1/2 tsp tumeric 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt Pinch of saffron ground Small Clove of garlic crushed 1/2 cup vegtable oil Method In a large bowl add finely grated potatoe onion. Add salt, pepper, saffron and tumeric. Add 1 raw egg and…

Iced noodles in rosewater – (Faloode Shirazi)

Another glorious sunny day today, perfect for an ice cold faloode shirazi garnished with pistachios, rose petals and sour cherry syrup and balanced with a squeeze of lemon juice. I recall visiting Shiraz many years ago with mum and having this on one of the warm evenings there. Ingredients 100g rice vermicelli noodles 1 1/2…

Olivie Salad (Salad-e-Oliviye)

It’s a warm day and I have left over chicken that would go perfectly in the Olivie salad I’ve been wanting to make. Once made this salad tastes fantastic eaten with toasted chiabata. Ingredients 1/2 cup finely diced gerkin 1/2 cup cooked finely diced carrots 3 cooked chicken thighs (deboned a d diced) 1 1/3…

Saffron & Rosewater Rice Pudding (Sholezard)

This is an absolutely delicious dessert made with lots of saffron and Rosewater. Close your eyes and eat this, it’s like walking through a rose garden. Ingredients 3/4 cups rice (I used basmati) 5 cups water 1/2 cup vegtable oil Pinch of salt 3/4 cup white granulated sugar 5 tblsp rosewater 1/4 tsp ground saffron…

Eggplant with Fermented Yogurt – (Kashk-e-bademjan)

It’s safe to say that this dish is loved my most Iranians, and I’ve made it quite a few times for friends and it’s got the thumbs up! It’s wonderful eaten with toasted flat bread, pitta or if you can get your hands on Iranian bread; sangak, lavash or the like then even better. Ingredients…