Coriander Hummus

Fifty shades of hummus!! Why stick to the basic taste when you can indulge in different variations that are just as delicious and mouth-watering?

Growing up in Africa, I was only exposed to the basic chickpeas and tahini hummus which was an essential of all Lebanese restaurants. Now, that I am back in Africa, I can confirm that the classic flavour is the only true flavour available.  But, why stick to plain and simple when you can be a bit crazy with your hummus?? Don’t get me wrong, a good simple hummus can be all you need, but start playing around with it and add some herbs, some roasted peppers, dried tomatoes, olives, a bit of this and a bit of that and before you know you could be eating a different hummus every day of the week! Continue reading “Coriander Hummus”

Mediterrenean Frittata

The holidays are over and we’re back to running around trying to get everything done in 24 hours. I love cooking but sometimes I want to be able to do my own things and not worry about what’s for dinner and how long it’s going to take to prepare. I’ve decided to be a bit more organised (not sure how long it will last!) and do most of the cooking before I go to the gym every evening. That way when I come home, I just need to put together a quick side-salad or simply reheat what I’ve made earlier. Frittata is the perfect meal for this type of situation: you can make it ahead of time and usually it tastes even better cold. Continue reading “Mediterrenean Frittata”

Oven-roasted Butternut & Chickpea Salad

butternut chickpea 2Butternut squash a winter vegetable, say what? Nah, butternut squash for me is an everyday vegetable! I eat it all year round and never get tired of it.  It marries well with everything: in soups it’s the king, in curries, in pancakes and of course in salads.  My absolute favourite is oven-roasted butternut squash, drizzled with olive oil and fresh oregano leaves.  I think I eat it once a week if not more. Continue reading “Oven-roasted Butternut & Chickpea Salad”

Zucchini and Oats Patties

IMG_1274I love vegetables and most  of my meals are created around all sorts of veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I am not vegetarian, I’ll crave chicken and prawns now and then but I simply need my daily dose of greens, reds and other rainbow coloured fruit and veg! That could be a reason why I love Moroccan and Indian food so much. People know how to cook them, how to make them tasty and bring out all their flavours. The vegetables become the main attraction  and not just a mere side dish like in other cuisines.

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

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Living in remote countries teaches you many things about your ability to cope without certain products. You have a choice of either learning to live without or …making your own! I usually choose the later when it’s possible.

My family simply loves pesto. My youngest daughter could

eat it everyday if she  had her way. The prime choice is obviously on pasta but they also love it in rice or potato salad, wraps, sandwiches, scrambled eggs … When we first arrived to Angola, it was a relief to find nice jars of Italian pesto but very quickly the stock started decreasing until there was none. Shipments are very random and sometimes you never see a product once it’s sold out. Luckily there are many fresh herbs available in most supermarkets, so no excuse not to make your own. Continue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Pesto”