Rana’s Lebanese Chickpea & Pomegranate Molasses Stew

With temperatures rarely rising above zero at the moment there is plenty of talk about the desirability of ‘comfort food’. But, for me, this doesn’t manifest itself as plates heaving under the weight of carbs and oozy cheesy layers. In fact, despite the cold, I still crave lighter food but I want that food to…

Volós Lentil Salad with a Garlic & Lemon Dressing

‘Volós! Anyone for Volós?’ the holiday rep called. ‘Anyone for Volós?’ she repeated. Again and again. For some reason, this caused my son, who must have been 11 years old at the time, to fall to the floor crying with laughter. That memory still amuses him to this day so I repeat it often just…

Aya Yorgi Fasulye Piyaz (Turkish Bean Salad)

An early morning walk through the dusty streets of Istanbul down to the banks of the Bosphorus, a long and choppy crossing over the Sea of Marmara, a death-defying ride on a horse-pulled phaeton (there are no cars on Büyükada, the largest of the Princes Islands, just mad horsemen) followed by a hot and steamy mile-long climb…

Tarifa Braised Leeks with Peas, Feta and Dill

‘My clothes steamed and dried as the sun grew stronger. The sea shone white, a clean morning freshness after last night’s smoky fires. The rising hills before me went stepping away inland, fiercely shaped under the great blue sky. I nibbled some bread and fruit, rolled my things in a bundle, and washed my head…

Greek Gigantes Beans with Tomatoes, Nettles & Herbs

‘In Neapolitan culture, foods that could potentially damage children’s health include crackers, ketchup, hot dogs, cold milk, anything in a can, anything that has ever been frozen, and anything that has ever been in a microwave. Oh, and anything that comes from a supermarket’. I’ve just read this passage in Katherine Wilson’s wonderful book, ‘Only…

Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen, Bath

The days when vegetarians struggled to find something fabulous to eat in the UK have long gone and HURRAH to that! Today, imaginatively designed vegetarian and vegan dishes sit proudly alongside their meaty and fishy counterparts sharing equal ranking and enjoying just as much care and attention to detail. It’s official, you don’t have to…

Greek Nettle, Borage and Dill Spanakopita

Gathering and cooking with the greens and herbs from the land around one’s home in Greece is a tradition that goes back to ancient times. After all, not only do they taste good, they are a free and deeply nutritious. A traditional Greek spanakopita traditionally features phyllo pastry filled with a mixture of foraged chopped greens and herbs, feta cheese, spring…