Roasted Vegetable Salad

This is such a vibrant salad. Considering it is so hot here, even over Christmas, not everyone wants a bowl of hot roasted vegetables. It’s easy to prepare before-hand and features plenty of local and seasonal ingredients. It’s wonderful with turkey, but also makes a great accompaniment to grilled seafood. Ingredients: 500g pumpkin, peeled and…

Bah Humbug

I hate this time of year. I’m perpetually hung over. At the snippets of time when I’m not, I’m drinking someone’s hideous party wine and eating god-awful canapes. My diet consists entirely of smoked salmon blinis, cold garlic prawns, hummus and mince pies. Ugh. Who on earth invented mince pies? And does anyone at all…

Batheeth pies

It’s silly season again, that’s why. Only time for silliness, nothing else. In the midst, I have been preparing some Christmas recipes for Ahlan Gourmet. They are a twist on the original, and bring a little of the Middle East into the traditional English recipes.The first is Batheeth pies – a replacement to mince pies,…

Gingerbread house

Now – the final of my one-post-per-day-till-Christmas session. I’ve been working on this on and off for the last few days. It’s the first time I’ve done it, and the kids helped. We did a pretty good job as far as I’m concerned, and I dare you to defy the family Walton. I was particularly disappointed…

Turkey Pie

I’m planning my leftovers already. But I really don’t like the sound of Bridget Jones’ “curry turkey buffet”. Anyway, this recipe uses everything, including gravy, cold peas and stuffing. Ingredients: cooked turkey, chopped or flaked (about 3 cups) 1 leek, diced finely 2 stalks celery, diced finely dash of olive oil fresh thyme to taste…