Poached Pears infused in saffron, cardomom & rose petal

  This was one of those recipies where you think let’s try something without chocolate! Yes I know it sounds blasfamous to chocolate lovers, me included but my daughter loved it and it ticked off one of her 5 fruit a day goal 😁 and was absolutely delishious. Ingredients 3 pears (peeled and washed) 2…

Dolmeh – Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers. These are absolutely delicious and easy to make once you get all the ingredients together. Different country’s have there own twist to it. Mine is the Iranian way, and being half Azeri myself and married to a lovely jubly Azeri I can safely say that that qualifies me to make,write and talk…

Pan Seared Shoulder of Lamb

This is a quick and easy win. I had so much going on yesterday that not even pasta would have been this quick! Saved me do much time, pleased the grumbling tummies and tasted delicious. Ingredients 4 large pieces of lamb steak Sea salt for sprinkling Ground black pepper for sprinkling 5 tblsp olive oil…

Sour Cherry & Lamb Stew (Khoresht-e-Albaloo ba Goosht)

This dish is a favourite of mine, but I haven’t had the chance to make it in a while. I happened to have the cherries for the jam I was planning to make, but seeing that I had the lamb as well I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of making this lovely sweet and…

Yogurt and Cucumber dip (Mast-o-Khiyar)

Ingredients 450g Plain Yogurt 1/2 a cucumber 20g fresh dill 20g fresh mint 1/2 clove garlic 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper For the garnish Dill Nigela seeds Ground rose petal Amounts for the above depend on the pattern you choose. Alternatively you could use a 1/4 tsp for the dill and nigella…

Yogurt & Eggplant dip (Borani-e-bademjan)

Ingredients 450g plain yogurt 1 medium sized Eggplant 1/4 tsp salt for the yogurt 1 tblsp salt for rubbing over the eggplant 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1 garlic clove (crushed) 1 cup vegetable oil (for frying the eggplant) For the garnish Pinch of  nigella seeds (optional) 1 whole walnut (lightly toasted) Small pinch of groud rose…

Herb Rice with Fish (Sabzi Polo Mahi)

This dish is a very traditional dish usually served during the Iranian New Year on the 20th of March, Nowruz. Ingredients 2 Onions (medium size) 1 tsp tumeric 1/4 tsp ground saffron diluted in 1/2 cup of warm water 1/2 cup Dill (finley chopped) 1/2 cup Parsley (finley chopped) 1/2 cup Coriander (finley chopped) 1/2…

Aubergine & Chicken Stew (Khoresht-e-bademjan ba Morgh)

Ingredients 1 Onion (medium size) 1 tsp tumeric 1 tsp salt (I used sea salt) 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon Pinch of ground Saffron 2 tblsp tomato puree 1 whole garlic bulb (washed with skin) 1 tblsp lemon juice 1.1kg Chicken (I used chicken thighs) 3 cups cold water For the Aubergines…

Minced Lamb & Potato cake (Kookoo Seebzamny ba goosht charkh karde)

Ingredients 1 onion 1/2 cup Oil (vegtable oil) 2 cloves garlic 8 medium sized potatoes – pealed, washed and chopped) 250kg of minced lamb 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1/4 tsp ground saffron 1 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground coriander (optional) 1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional) Method Finely chop the…

Steamed Salmon infused with Tarragon, Saffron & Clementine

Today was a pretty light and healthy lunch day. Salmon is a beautiful fish but does have a very strong lingering smell. This recipe sorts that out. I’ve used tarragon and saffron to dull the smell and Clementine juice and garlic to give it a good kick for flavour. Ingredients Salmon 400g 1/4 tsp tarragon…

Lamb & Celery Stew (Khoresht-e-Karafs)

Ingredients 2 medium sized onions 250g Diced shoulder of lamb 350g Celery sticks 5 tblsp oil (vegetable oil) 1 tsp tumeric powder 1tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 a bunch of mint leaves (washed) 1/2 bunch of parsley leaves (washed) 2 tblsp lemon or 1 whole dry lime Method Chop 1 whole onion….

Mung bean and red lentil soup

It’s been blisteringly cold these past few days over here in the UK, so I thought what better than a good, hearty and warm bowl of soup to comfort me and my bunch. Ingredients 1/2 chopped onion 1 cup / 250 ml mung bean 1 cup / 250 ml spilt red lentils 4 cups /…