Pistachio Pesto Recipe

A lesser known fact…..I am a cheese hater! So, ordinarily I avoid pesto unless it’s homemade. This recipe is totally dairy free so  it’s great for my vegan and dairy free friends oh and not forgetting my fellow cheese haters!

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Albaaloo Polo Recipe – Rice With Sour Cherries & Meatballs

This dish is utterly divine. It is indulgent and sociable. Subtle in deliciousness due to the delicate spices used and none are so overpowering that it allows you to taste each spice individually. The rice becomes patchily stained by the juice of the sour cherries and the tadig (crust at the bottom of the pot) is fragrant and has a syrupy sweetness about it from the saffron and yoghurt. My husband tells me he can’t get enough of this meal and that the meatballs, that are delicately flavoured with turmeric, are like sweets! 

Jelleye Anar – Pomegranate Jelly Recipe

The very first thing I learnt to ‘cook’ in the kitchen was jelly! Out of a packet, those little blocks of hard, chewy, way too sweet jelly that you had to dissolve in boiling water with a fork and would leave a sticky sugary residue on your teeth for hours after eating….

Persian Mille Feuille Recipe – A cross between Baklava and Mille Feuille

A few years ago my husband made me a beautiful Persian Love Cake for my birthday. It was a delicate cardamom chiffon sponge with a delicious fresh cream filling flavoured with rose water with candied rose petals and pistachios. It was incredible.  I am unashamed to say that I ate pretty much the entire cake, bar one slice that he had, and I loved every mouthful.

Garlic Soup Recipe

Nestled on a mountain roadside on the C77 in Valenciana en route to Guadalest (which can only be described as a bare knuckle car drive if you are of the nervous disposition like me) was this hidden gem of a restaurant ‘El Rui Guadalest’.

Cardamom Shortbread Recipe

I learned to make shortbread at ‘Brownies’. I must have been around 8 years old and the first time I made them I was proud as punch. Not too dissimilar from now really!