Roasted Red Cabbage, Kale, and Freekeh Salad
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by Zahra Abdalla
1w ago
This Roasted Red Cabbage, Kale, and Freekeh Salad is a vibrant and nutritious blend of textures and flavours. Red cabbage and kale are two superfoods renowned for their high nutrient content that both satisfies the palate but also provides an abundance of health benefits. Red cabbage, with its deep colour, is packed with vitamins C and K and is known for its antioxidant properties, which help fight inflammation and boost heart health. Kale, another nutritional powerhouse, adds fibre, iron, and even more vitamins, supporting everything from bone health to digestion. Freekah is an ancient grain ..read more
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Kabab Tabei: Bringing the Flavours of Persian Kababs to your Kitchen
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by Zahra Abdalla
2w ago
Kabab Tabei is a comforting and simple Persian dish that brings the rich flavours of traditional kababs to the comfort of your kitchen without the need for a grill or a bbq. This stovetop version of kababs, whose name translates to “pan kabab” in farsi, offers a convenient yet delicious way to enjoy one of the most loved Persian dishes. Typically made with a combination of ground beef and lamb, Kabab Tabei is seasoned with aromatic spices like turmeric and saffron, lending it a distinctive, vibrant flavour and colour.  The kababs are served with roasted or pan-fried tomatoes and chilli pe ..read more
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Delectable Zaatar Chicken and Roasted Potatoes
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by Zahra Abdalla
2w ago
Indulge in the rich flavours of the Mediterranean with this delectable Zaatar Chicken and Roasted Potatoes recipe. Perfect for a cosy family dinner or a special gathering with friends, this dish combines tender chicken whole legs with hearty roasted potatoes infused with aromatic herbs and zesty citrus notes. The combination of juicy chicken, crisp potatoes, and a tantalising marinade creates a dish bursting with flavour and sure to impress. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can effortlessly bring the vibrant tastes of the Mediterranean straight to your dinner table ..read more
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Ginger-Infused Carrot Soup: A Soul-Warming Comforting Delight
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by Zahra Abdalla
3w ago
Enjoy the cosy comfort of this Ginger-Infused Carrot Soup, a personal favourite that marries the sweet depth of carrots with a lively zing of fresh ginger. Every spoonful of this soup brings warmth and a burst of flavour, thanks to the earthy spices like cumin and coriander and the beautiful golden glow from a touch of turmeric. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a bowl full of comfort that also packs a punch of anti-inflammatory goodness. This soup is my go-to when I need something uplifting and nourishing. It’s perfect for those days when you need extra warmth or want to share a simple, wholes ..read more
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Chicken Maqlooba: A Flavourful Palestinian Delight
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by Zahra Abdalla
3w ago
Chicken Maqlooba, is a traditional Palestinian dish known for its unique method of preparation and presentation, which involves flipping the pot upside down before serving. The name “Maqlooba” translates to “upside down” in Arabic, perfectly capturing the essence of this culinary delight. The classic chicken maqlooba involves several key steps, including preparing a flavourful chicken broth. The broth is typically made with a whole chicken, aromatics like onion, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and a blend of spices. This aromatic base infuses the dish with depth and warmth. For the rice layer, Calro ..read more
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Salmon with Mediterranean Salad
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by Zahra Abdalla
1M ago
This Salmon with Mediterranean Salad is a dish that embodies a fusion of flavours and nutritious ingredients. This meal is not just about combining elements; it’s about creating a culinary experience that is as nourishing as it is delightful. Salmon fillets are marinated in a blend of fresh thyme, garlic, paprika, and lemon juice and oven-baked to perfection. Accompanying the salmon is a vibrant Mediterranean salad, a medley of bulgur, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs dressed in a zesty lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. The salad is not just a side but a significant part of the meal ..read more
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Sausage Ragu with Spinach, Ricotta and Mixed Herbs
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by Zahra Abdalla
1M ago
Indulge in a sumptuous feast with this Sausage and Ricotta Cheese Pasta, a recipe that harmoniously blends the richness of sausage with the fresh, vibrant flavours of summer herbs and vegetables. This pasta dish is not just a treat to your palate but a nourishing meal brimming with a blend of delightful textures and flavours. This recipe takes a delightful twist on traditional pasta dishes by allowing the sausage to simmer with an aromatic tomato sauce, enriched with a blend of fresh herbs, for an extended period. This slow simmer allows the robust flavours of the sausage to meld beautifully w ..read more
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Sesame Chicken Cabbage Salad
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by Zahra Abdalla
1M ago
Craving a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a refreshing salad or transformed into a flavorful wrap? This Sesame Chicken Cabbage Salad is packed with crisp shredded cabbage, colourful julienned vegetables, and succulent sesame-marinated chicken, and it is a delightful explosion of taste and texture. The beauty of this recipe lies in its flexibility. Serve it piled high on a platter for a satisfying salad, or stuff it into rice paper wrappers and create delicious, healthy rolls perfect for lunch or a light dinner. DIABETIC-FRIENDLY ASPECTS Lean protein sources like chicken breast help maint ..read more
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Falafel Wrap: Featuring Zahra’s Kitchen Falafel
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by Zahra Abdalla
1M ago
Discover the rich flavours of the Middle East with this tasty Falafel Wrap recipe featuring easy-to-prepare Zahra’s Kitchen Falafel. This recipe lets you enjoy a restaurant-style meal at home. The falafel, with its crispy outside and flavourful inside, is the highlight of the wrap. It’s paired with a smooth tahini sauce, adding a creamy touch, and colourful parsley and sumac-marinated onion salad for extra zest. All wrapped up in a soft tortilla or flatbread and topped with fresh mint, lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes; this wrap is a harmony of flavours and textures. Perfect for a quick meal or ..read more
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Ijeh (Mushroom and Spinach Omelette)
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by Zahra Abdalla
1M ago
Ijeh, the Arabic term for an omelette, epitomises simplicity and flavour in Middle Eastern cuisine. Traditionally, it’s a vibrant melange of finely chopped vegetables, often sautéed to perfection before being enveloped in a tender, fluffy egg mixture. This particular recipe for Mushroom and Spinach Ijeh brings a delightful twist to the classic, incorporating the earthy umami of mushrooms with the fresh, slightly sweet taste of spinach. It’s a testament to the dish’s adaptability and a favourite weekend creation by my husband, celebrated for its wonderful combination of flavours and its wholeso ..read more
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