Vegan Greek-Style Roast “Lamb” (Kleftiko)

Kleftiko literally means “in the style of the klephts”, and traditionally this is lamb slow-baked on the bone, first marinated in garlic and lemon juice, originally cooked in a pit oven. It is said that the klephts, bandits of the countryside who did not have flocks of their own, would steal lambs or goats and cook the meat in a sealed pit to avoid the smoke being seen.   Well, in spite of my having […]

My Vegan Tava

This recipe is a gift to you from my book ‘Mouthwatering Vegan’ (published by Random House 2013), available from Amazon US or Amazon UK along with most other major online & retail booksellers.   My yearning for Greek food comes to me from time to time – maybe it’s my genes reminding me that embedded in the Med somewhere, I sprouted into life, and it’s thanks to my parental lineage (my father a Greek Cypriot, […]

Spiced Golden Coconut Basmati & Quinoa Rice With Fruity Flame Raisins

This recipe is fantastic – it’s spicy, exotic, with bursts of many complimentary flavours. It’s a winner, and a must-keep. Serve it with my meatless meatballs * and some vegan yoghurt, with a handful of nuts – nutritious, and a feast for the senses. Note :  Here is a recipe for the vegan meatballs http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2014/04/05/meat-balls-romano-pepper-pomegranate-tomato-wine-reduced-sauce/   INGREDIENTS 2 cups basmati rice ½ cup black quinoa   Rinse thoroughly then boil the two together, drain and […]

My Iranian Eggplant & No-Beef Style Stew – Koresh Bademjan

I created a Middle Eastern Style Stew but with different spices. We devoured it in one sitting and loved it – it is inspired by my love for all things Middle Eastern, the stews I had at family sittings as a child, and my insatiable love for curry spices and East Indian food. It’s fast to make, and you’ll love this. It has a little trick to make the vegan meat meatier, and it worked […]

Coffee Cream Curry with Rose Basmati Rice & Baked Sweet Bombay Potatoes

This is a unique curry which will have you hooked. The flavours of coffee, cream and orange zest marry well with the warm spices of red chilli, hot curry, fresh ginger, garlic and onions. The end result is a succulent, mouthwatering, slightly sweet curry with crazy texture, aroma and taste – a real, real treat, and with the surprising burst of giant black sultanas, it will have you wanting more and more. I created a […]

Hot Balls in Hot Fresh Tomato Sauce on Hot Pitta Bread

We had a rare situation at home today – warring factions over what to eat for dinner ! My partner wanted my ‘Keftethes’, whilst my daughter wanted spicy pizza.  The only answer ? To keep them both happy by serving spicy ‘meatballs’ on something close to a pizza – well, in this case, pitta bread – which I first covered with a delicious hot tomato sauce.  Both of them went crazy, and I had the […]

Middle Eastern Tahini Salad

This wonderful salad goes well with just about every Middle Eastern dish. It’s rich in flavour, very appetizing, and is one of my favorites of its kind.  To spice it up, you can also add chopped hot pepper.  You can serve this along side any veggie burger, with falafel, accompanied by hot pita bread.  It’s a great one to serve up for guests, and also fantastic as an accompaniment to vegan BBQs. INGREDIENTS 2 tomatoes, […]

Fusilli with Spinach, Labneh ‘Cream Cheese’, & Roasted Black Olives

This was amazing, delicious and to die for.  Labneh is beautiful, and I have actually realized, ever so versatile.  I got an idea to mix it with pasta and see what happens, and to our surprise and delight it was so smooth and beautiful, rich yet light – I can’t explain how easy to eat this was.  I added pre-cooked spinach and tossed in some black roasted olives, drizzled on some olive oil, and garnished […]

My Labneh Cheese

Strained yogurt (a.k.a., yogurt cheese, labneh (Arabic: لبنة‎ labnah),Turkish yogurt or Greek yogurt) is yogurt which has been strained (in a cloth or paper bag, or filter) to remove its whey, resulting in a relatively thick consistency (between that of conventional yogurt and cheese) — all while preserving yogurt’s distinctive, sour taste. Yogurt strained through muslin is a traditional food in the Levant, Eastern Mediterranean, Near East, and South Asia, where it is often used […]

Mouthwatering Middle Eastern Style Chickpea Burgers

These are inspired by the many types of Moroccan patties, fritters, and burgers I have seen over the years.  The rich taste and colours of Middle Eastern dishes just blows me away.  I have created these with all these flavours and colours in mind, and heart. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  They’re very easy to make, which is a great bonus !  I served mine in pitta bread, with my […]