My za’atar

The joy of discovering spices is such an exciting experience for me. I am always on the lookout for new ingredients that I can fill my store cupboard with. The latest addition to my cupboard is sumac. It is a red powder that is used as a spice in Middle Eastern food, it adds a sharp lemony taste to many dishes.

Middle Eastern food is still a bit of a mystery to me, I have only eaten in a few Lebanese restaurants and had a few falafel wraps but without a doubt, I am a huge fan. Until recently I hadn’t attempted to cook this mysterious food at home. Armed with sumac, I have started to recreate my own versions.

This recipe for my version of za’atar is a new favourite of mine. Za’atar is a spice mixture that has many variations. The great thing about making your own is that you can cater it to your tastes. I have used my version with roasted broccoli and eaten it with olive oil and pitta bread. I will also try adding some to my hummus recipe and sprinkled over salads. I will be continuing to explore this exciting cuisine.

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The food sharing revolution

I absolutely hate wasting food. I will do everything I possibly can to avoid it. In fact, some of my best dishes have come from using what is left in my fridge at the end of the week. It only takes a little bit of creativity to turn over-ripened tomatoes into a delicious pasta sauce. We should never view food as a commodity that we can easily throw away. But of course, there are times where food waste is unavoidable. For example, you unexpectedly have a weekend away or you are invited out to a friend’s house for dinner. Rather than letting food spoil in the fridge why not give it away? Continue reading “The food sharing revolution”