Balik Ekmek, fish sandwiches from Istanbul and how to make them.
A snapshot of Mikrolimano in Piraeus, Athens and a recipe for unconventional but utterly scrumptious dolmades.
Today, I want to share an ajoblanco or white gazpacho soup, popular around Spain in summer and perfect for our fiery South African festive season. While ajo means garlic in Spanish, what makes this soup distintive are the almonds used.
Caramelised Onion & Beef Phyllo Pastry Tart with Green Olives - a holiday series colaboration with Mediterranean Delicacies - part one, a visit to Chefchaouen, Morocco.
A ballotine is traditionally a deboned leg of chicken or duck, stuffed, tied and rolled and steamed, poached or baked. Nowadays chicken breast and various cuts of red meat are also used to make a ballotine - really a fancy way of saying a stuffed and rolled piece of meat. I stuffed chicken breasts with Mediterranean Delicacies basil pesto and topped with their Olive Tapenade and bread crumbs.
These are a healthy version of nachos that I make at home, often to snack on while watching the football. I was given the challenge of preparing dishes with combinations chosen by Mediterranean Delicacies. In this instance their avocado hummus with their caramelised onion dip. I chose to use both as dips that I lavished over the hot-out-the-oven nachos.
This challenge paired Medi Deli's Sun Dried Tomato pesto with their Basil Pesto Mayo - I combined the sun dried tomato pesto into a savoury scone (you can add some Parmesan cheese on the top if you prefer) and served with the basil pesto mayo instead of butter. A really lovely combination and look at the colours!
I was given the challenge of preparing dishes with combinations chosen by Mediterranean Delicacies. For this recipe, their chicken liver pate peri-peri combined with their tzatziki. I must admit, I read the brief a few times to see if I'd made a mistake. I was stumped at first. I knew I didn't want to mix the two ingredients directly. Then the idea emerged: make the pate into a warm pastry wheel sprinkled with cayenne pepper and offset it with a cool, creamy dollop of tzatziki. The result: fun to serve and eat finger-food!