Stifado – Fragrant Greek Beef Stew

Half a lifetime ago when I studied Geology at University, I decided to do my thesis mapping project in Cyprus – I feel the main reason was I was fed up of the cold & rain of Scottish geology field trips!  I was staying in a little village in the […]

Stifado – Fragrant Greek Beef Stew

Imam Bayildi (Imam Fainted), Baked & Stuffed Aubergine

  This is a dish we first ate on a visit to Istanbul, & has the most wonderful name.  Imam’s are Muslim clerics, & the one this was first served to apparently swooned with delight at its delightful taste & aroma! Whilst I wouldn’t go so far as to say […]

Imam Bayildi (Imam Fainted), Baked & Stuffed Aubergine

Za’atar Crusted Pork With a Tahini Sauce

Pork fillet (or tenderloin) is a really unappreciated piece of meat.  It’s really tender, and whilst it has a mild flavour compared to shoulder or leg of pork, it takes on the flavour of marinades & crusts brilliantly.  It’s also very lean, & surprisingly cheap.  The key to cooking it […]

Za’atar Crusted Pork With a Tahini Sauce

Iraqi ‘Kitchen Sink’ Chicken

  This is a recipe I saw in Saveur magazine a few years ago, proper name Djaj-Bil-Bahar-Il-Asfar Chicken, but I just call it my ‘kitchen sink’ chicken due to the sheer volume of spices you throw at it!  It has a beautiful smoky & sweet flavour, with multiple layers of […]

Iraqi ‘Kitchen Sink’ Chicken