Smoky Eggplant ‘Moutabal’

Grilling or roasting eggplant gives it a unique creamy, smoky taste.  This recipe is popular throughout the middle east and has various regional names: Moutabal, Mutabal, Moutabel or Baba Ganoush for instance. There are some variations in terms of preparation but the key ingredients are the same. Serve with warm pita bread and enjoy. Preparation…

Garlic Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Yogurt is widely used throughout Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, with slight variations in prepping. Greeks prefer to use dill in their ‘Tzatziki’ where as Arabs prefer mint. Turks have multiple mezes that are based on this recipe but instead of mint contain spinach, hot chilies, egg plant or nuts. Turks and Greeks tend to…

White Bean Salad

White kidney beans are incredibly nourishing and a great natural anti-inflammatory. This simple Turkish recipe known as ‘Fasulye Piyazi’ is popular as a meze or salad for the family to share. Preparation time: 15-20 minutes Ingredients (serves 4 people) 2 cans of pre-cooked white kidney beans (or cannellini beans) 1 can of black olives (stones…

Grilled red peppers with garlic

Grilling or roasting intensifies the flavor of vegetables and red peppers are certainly one of my favourites to cook this way. This easy recipe is popular throughout the med, especially in Spain and Italy. ‘Pimientos a la parilla’ are perfect as a side dish with meat or fish, or simply as part of a meze…