I appear to be racing through the Moreish Mains chapter in Sabrina Ghayour’s latest book, Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes. Call me a glutton, but I appreciate a hearty main. The latest recipe is the smoky black-eyed bean & tomato stew, aka. spicy, homemade baked – but not actually baked – beans.
With only a handful of ingredients and very little prep, the Harissa Black Bean Ragout seemed like an excellent meat-free Monday option. The black beans are even cooked straight in the pot, no soaking required. The total cooking time was about an hour and a half but most of that time was spent idly pottering around letting the pot do all the hard work.
These deep-fried Shallot Blossoms are so worth the chore. The savoury batter, spicy creates a delicious crispy coating that I’ve missed since KFC left my life. The shallots cook till they’re soft enough to eat and have lost that raw onion punch. If you think onion rings (x10,000) then you’re on the right track.
For all I read of Nigella – and seemingly everyone else – enjoying the mundaneness of peeling broad beans, I just cannot get on board with it. I buy the frozen broad beans that are already out of their pods, but to then have to cook and cool the beans and remove the ‘tough’ skin. I’m sorry but no.
I love the fresh flavours of the middle east. It was probably about two years ago that I had a sudden, intense craving for fattoush and cooked (/prepared) Felicity Cloake’s Perfect iteration of the middle eastern mainstay. I’ve proceeded to prepare a vague version of fattoush at almost every opportunity […]
Now three books in and in no sign of slowing down. The wonderful Sabrina Ghayour has published three essential books in the last few years. Feasts is her latest Middle Eastern inspired cookbook. Scanning the book, it was hard to decide what to cook first. I haven’t been to the […]