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

Air Fryer Carrot Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Air Fryer Carrot Falafels

Tasty and simple to make, these air fryer carrot falafel contain carrots for extra nutrition. They’re an inclusive meal as they’re both vegan and gluten free. Serve with tahini sauce, salad and flat bread for a delicious lunch or supper.

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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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Honey & Walnut Yogurt Semolina Cake

Honey & Walnut Yogurt Semolina Cake aka Basbousa

This Middle Eastern inspired honey & walnut yogurt semolina cake is dense but deliciously nutty. It’s soaked in a sweet citrus and rose honey syrup and is even nicer when served with a good dollop of clotted cream. The cake’s not only flavoursome, but very simple to make.

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Chocolate Falafel

These falafel were the inspiration that kick-started me into planning a six course chocolate themed Middle Eastern menu for a dinner party last week. I saw a recipe for falafel salad in the summer edition of the Co-operative’s Share magazine and it immediately appealed to me. I decided to separate the falafel from the salad and add raw chocolate and almond spread. The falafel recipe I have from the Vegetarian Cookery School used tahini, so I couldn’t see why a nut butter wouldn’t work instead of a seed one. I mixed and matched between the two recipes and came up with a version I am really happy with.

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Chocolate Shakshuka with Goat’s Cheese (aka Chocshuka)

Chocolate Shakshuka aka Chocshuka

A delicious adaptation of the classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish. This chocolate shakshuka replaces the poached eggs with goat’s cheese and there’s a little dark chocolate for extra depth and flavour. It works surprisingly well.

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