Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Tahini Sauce with Clementines, Smoked Paprika and Pizazz!

Tahini Sauce

A simple creamy vegan tahini sauce with both nutty and sweet citrus tones along with a hint of smokiness. Drizzle over grills, falafel or salads for a taste of Middle Eastern promise.

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Pistachio Biscuits with Fragrant Rose and Almonds

Pistachio Biscuits

Crisp and crumbly nutty shortbread type biscuits flavoured with a little cardamom, cinnamon and fragrant rose. These pistachio biscuits are perfect for the festive season and ideal as a homemade Christmas gift.

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Barley Bowl with Spiced Aubergine, Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Barley Bowl

Roasted aubergines, chickpeas and tomatoes flavoured with Middle Eastern spices and dressed with flaxseed oil and lemon juice. All served on a bed of cooked barley. Why not ring the changes and try this vegan barley bowl?

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Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate – Flavours of the Middle East

Rose Hot Chocolate

I have a bit of a thing for hot chocolate. So what better way to mark such a momentous and romantic day as this Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate. Today is not only St Valentine’s Day, but also my blog anniversary. Yes, my blog, in its first iteration as Chocolate Log Blog and now latterly Tin and Thyme, is seven today.

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Sesame Halva Biscuits – Flavours of the Middle East

Halva Biscuits

These crunchy sesame halva biscuits, adapted from a recipe for Sesame Crisps in Bake it Better Biscuits by Annie Rigg, really do taste like halva. Only they’re not as tooth achingly sweet.

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Aubergine Dip and a Review of The Cranks Bible

Aubergine Dip

An unctuous aubergine dip that’s a little reminiscent of guacamole. Lightly flavoured with garlic and smoked paprika, once started, it’s hard to stop dipping.

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Cypriot Vegetable Stew – otherwise known as Turlu

Cypriot Vegetable Stew

Following on from the gorgeous olive garlic halloumi spelt bread I made a couple of weeks ago, I now bring you my version of another Cypriot recipe, Turlu. It’s a kind of vegetable stew from the Turkish side of Cyprus. It’s very tasty and the aforementioned bread makes a perfect accompaniment.

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Olive Garlic Spelt Bread with Halloumi aka Eliopsomi

Olive Bread

Eliopsomi is a Greek Cypriot olive garlic bread. This olive garlic spelt bread version is beautifully textured with a full on olive and garlic flavour and added depth from the halloumi. It’s great for mopping up sauce from the plate and it’s delicious toasted.

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Jewelled Persian Rice with Tahdig

Jewelled Persian Rice with Tahdig.

A feast of fragrant rice, fruit, spices, beans and nuts. This jewelled Persian rice is a meal fit for royalty. It not only tastes delicious, but looks gorgeous too. And the tahdig is “the icing on the cake”.

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Basbousa – an Egyptian Semolina Yoghurt Cake

Basbousa

A Basbousa is an Egyptian classic. It’s a dense semolina yoghurt cake flavoured with burnt butter and honey and doused with rose, lemon and cardamom syrup. You’ll find it in every pastry shop in Egypt and it’s often served with cream. But it’s not very easy to find here in the UK, so here’s an easy recipe for you to make your own.

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