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…

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,…

Lamb Mansaf

I’ve just returned from Jordan, inspired. Some people think all Arabic food is the same, and living in Dubai, I can tell you I’ve had tabouleh and hummus up to here (imagine me gesturing at my larynx).However, I’ve recently been delving into the different cuisines of the area, and have also been treated to an…

Shakshouka

Shakshouka (or shakshuka) is a dish I first tried at Baker and Spice, Dubai. It hails from Northern Africa, but other areas over the middle east, and the Ottoman empire also lay a claim to it’s invention. Simply, it is baked eggs in a rich sauce. This is fairly close to the version found in…