Imagine being a 9 year old little girl telling your grandmother, who had flown over from Iran and was stood cooking in your aunts kitchen ‘you are doing that wrong!’…..
Noon Nokhodchi is probably the most distinctly Persian cookie/biscuit you can get. It is akin to a very crumbly shortbread and comes in the most beautiful shapes with the most irresistible flavour of cardamom running through it.
“Don’t you worry if it goes black, don’t touch it, it will lighten when you add the peanuts. Something to do with the salt and a chemical reaction! Let it go black as black as my scarf and keep cooking!”
After nearly falling in the canal on my run and straining my calf muscle I needed some really quick and yummy comfort food.
Did you know that Iran is one of the largest watermelon producers worldwide? Neither did I! And also, Iranian watermelon is considered to be one of the best varieties in the world! In the world! Can you believe it! And I always thought they came from the Caribbean!
Although the name suggests ‘lamb cutlets’ these couldn’t actually be further from them. They are little potato and saffron meat patties that look like little hamburgers but taste similar to Kabab. They can be served with rice and salad or with hot fresh lavash. I enjoy them both ways and can eat them by the dozen!
Another request from a follower are these gorgeous delicate little raisin cookies. They are lovely with a strong cup of Persian Chai and keep well in the fridge for a few weeks. Be careful though they are so easy to eat you could easily consume an entire plateful before you know it!
Now then, this is not my own recipe I am sad to say, however as soon as I tasted it I had to share it with as many people as I could! So from our friends table, to yours…. And thanks to Gem & Tim for sharing the recipe with me 🙂
This week has been absolutely lovely, not least because of the amazing weather we are having but also because I spent the day at Wimbledon with my team enjoying some lovely company, great tennis and wonderful food!
My grandmother was a wonderful women. She had a huge heart and amazing spirit. She loved to cook and her cooking was incredible! To this day when my dad cooks he references her cooking and sometimes he will taste something that catches him off guard and you can see it brings back memories of his mum, my mamanie, and he smiles.
Not to brag but my hummus is pretty good. It has everything you would expect from a good hummus. It is garlicky, smoky, creamy and in no way at all dry, dense or sticky. It is also super easy to make and keeps for at least a week in the fridge and cheaper than buying shop bought.
The arrival of this lovely weather that we have been having lately has encouraged my husband to give his BBQ a bit of TLC. This outdoor grill has had lot’s of attention. They have spent hours together in the garage catching up about how much they have missed each other, how cold it has been and how cooking indoors just isn’t the same as the lovely smokiness you get from an outdoor grill.
This one is a request from one of my followers. It is a delicious dense, moist cake with a lovely delicate flavour and super easy to make. I haven’t made it in ages and wanted a fresher picture than the one I posted on instagram months ago so I decided to make it again this morning before work as I was woken early by birdsong…literally!