A nice quick dinner tonight after the heavy headiness of Sunday’s Coq au van (which Mr M has promised to blog about in a min)!
This has to one of the best salads, the crunch of leaves and beans, the soft crumble of the egg,.flakes of tuna, piquant garlic dressing, fresh bursts of flavour from the tomato, cucumber and shallots, all combining and shot with occasional salty tang from the olives. Winner. No anchovies in this incarnation, but the olives brought enough salty savouriness.
Mr M gave it an 8.
Mr M indulged in some tasty little puff pastry meat pies on Thursday. They were filled with lamb mince, raisins, pine nuts and parsley. Another good recipe from Claudia, I gave them 7.5.
On Friday we had a fresh and tasty bulgar wheat based salad with cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, peppers and some feta.
Yesterday’s dinner was meant to be a more ambitious kofte similar to the Lebanese Kibbeh, but the time involved put us off attempting such a fiddly recipe from our Turquoise cookbook and instead I reverted to Claudia. We ate small parsley flavoured lamb kofte on top of a bed of yoghurt, layered on a spiced tomato sauce which topped crispy pitta bread. All flavoured with plentiful lemony Sumac and a touch of lemon juice. Butter browned pine nuts added an aromatic flavour and some more crunch.
This was quite easy to make, but I suspect the fiddly kofte would have got a higher score than the 7.5 we gave this.