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

Barley is a much underrated grain. It grows well in the UK, it’s easy to cook, has a nice nutty flavour and is highly nutritious. Traditionally, it’s used in soups, but I’ve been using it more and more these days as the main grain in our meals. This vegan barley bowl is a simple meal of whole grain barley topped with a combination of spiced aubergine, chickpeas and tomatoes.

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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, The Cranks Bible and a Giveaway #70

Aubergine Dip

The Cranks Bible: a timeless collection of vegetarian recipes by Nadine Abensur is one of my treasured cookery books. I bought it when it was first published in 2001 and have taken inspiration from it ever since. Despite its frequent use as a bed time read, there are many recipes I’ve barely looked at. The one for aubergine purée with cumin pitot is one such, or in my more prosaic terminology, aubergine dip.

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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 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 its delicious toasted.

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Jewelled Persian Rice

Jewelled Rice

Once upon a time, long long ago, I had an Iranian boyfriend. He introduced me to a whole new cuisine, which, although similar to the Middle Eastern one I was more familiar with, was distinct and flavoursome. It was rare that he did any cooking, but when he did he always made the most delicious rice in the classic Persian way, complete with tahdig.

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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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