OK so this is the first – and so far most delicious – of the recipes I’ll be featuring from my new recipe book crush, ‘Olives, Lemons and Za’atar’. After sampling a few of Rawia’s recipes I can admit that I have discovered a new passion for middle Eastern food. Not only that, but I’m super jealous of her life growing up eating the jams made from the fruit from the trees in her garden, the cheese made from the milk of her goat, the olive oil from her family’s farm. I mean isn’t this just the way we should be eating – no pesticides, no processing, no freeze drying, no air miles. If only we had just a little bit more sunshine here in Manchester….!!
The flavours and food combinations of her dishes are so simple but oh so delectable. Not all the recipes fall into the ‘clean eating’ category and so I’ve swapped a few of the ingredients or suggested sides for healthier alternatives, but the overall dishes remain relatively untouched and just as tasty.