Category: Grains, Pulses & Starches

Paella l heinstirred.com

I think you have to be pretty brave to publish something like a Paella recipe. Somehow you will be doing or adding something that someone somewhere will deem to be wrong and a sacrilege. But since I am not Spanish I guess I can take a liberty or two. Even if it means they will not allow me to enter the country when I next want to visit. And then I still have to mention I used a premixed Paella…

Falafel with Spicy Tahini Yoghurt l heinstirred.com

I am all falafeled out after quite a bit of falafeling to get the recipe to work. Who knew the humble chickpea fritter could be such a mission but thanks to my friend Roger, the final recipe for Falafel with Spicy Tahini Yoghurt is worth it. *I have since made Ottolenghi’s recipe again using dried chickpeas soaked overnight and it was a great success – read the recipe here* The first recipe I tried was from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and it…

Tabbbouleh l heinstirred.com

It was only when I arrived in Beirut I discovered Tabbouleh is not a grain salad with some herbs. Quite possibly the national dish of Lebanon, it is much rather a beautiful deep green, fresh herb salad with some grains. Neither did I  know that you eat the salad with romaine lettuce or tender white cabbage leaves, scooping up the salad with its lemony olive oil dressing, which I think is the most wonderful way of eating the salad. They…

Bulgur Salad

This dish is one of my favourite discoveries of the Beirut trip. A number of people told us that we had to have Armenian food while we were there. Armenians have lived in Lebanon for centuries and many now live in the Bourj Hammoud neighbourhood of Beirut. I did not know what to expect at all as we headed out to Seza, except that the food will be spicier than Lebanese food. It was truly a wonderful meal, the service…

Haloumi and Couscous Salad

I am keeping it light and fresh for the first post of the new year with this delicious Grilled Haloumi Couscous Salad. After the last week or so with all its festivities and celebrations I am sure we are all craving healthy food but certainly not bland celery stick diet food type of healthy food. I spent the festive season in Beirut and have returned to Cape Town telling all who want to hear (or not) about this incredible city…

There is a definite chill in the air but armed with cheese, butter, garlic and mushrooms I feel quite prepared for it. And the idea of slow cooked one pot meals with generous lashings of red wine and garlic is definitely something to look forward to. But as those slow cooked meals are more suited for leisurely weekend cooking I still crave the comfort of good, wholesome and tasty food during the week. I think this Baked Polenta ticks all…

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