Lebanese Holy Bread Scented with Orange Blossom Water, Rosewater & Mahleb

My kitchen is filled with the aroma of freshly baking bread scented with orange and roses, pine and almonds. It’s like heaven on earth, I’m baking Holy Bread after all. Known as qurban in Lebanon and prosphora in Greece, it’s based on the Christian Orthodox tradition of offering bread to Christ but it is, in fact, eaten throughout the…

Turkish Tahini & Carob Molasses Spread

Last month, we arrived in Istanbul slap bang in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan and, one evening, our friends invited us to help with the preparations for an iftar dinner for 40 people. On the menu was a spinach and yoghurt soup dressed with caramelised onions and mint-infused butter, spiced veal and…

Greek Wild Thyme & Fragrant Herb Honey Polenta Cake

Authentic Greek honey is widely recognised as being a natural product of world-class quality; this is because it’s made by bees that feed upon the abundant, rich and aromatic Greek flora which includes over 850 species found nowhere else in the world. In actual fact, Greece is a country with the richest flora in the Mediterranean basin with…

Turkish Menemen

Menemen, a traditional Turkish dish made from eggs, cheese, tomato, green peppers, onions, herbs and spices – is one of the mainstays of the rich Turkish culinary repertoire that pretty much everyone interprets in their own way. Just this week, for example, I’ve been served an incredibly spicy version scattered with hot red chillies as well…