Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce: Soutzoukakia Smyrneika

Melt-in-your-mouth Smyrneika Soutzoukakia are comforting meatballs with notes of cinnamon and cumin in a luscious, thick tomato sauce.  ‘Σουτζουκακια σμυρνεικα’ originate from the Greeks of Smyrna, Turkey (now named Izmir).  What makes these Middle-Eastern Spiced meatballs a favourite is the rich and hearty depth of flavour enhanced by the cinnamon and cumin.  The meatballs are…

Baked Chickpeas with Egyptian Style Dukkah

Vegetarian

Baked chickpeas with Dukkah seasoning add that extra pizzaz to your meal.  Ideal sprinkled over zucchini, quinoa, couscous or even a dip. A wonderful vegetarian base this recipe is super versatile.  It’s up to you how creative you would like to be. Dukkah is an egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts and…

Olive Oil Semolina Cake with Rosewater and Lemon Syrup

This European and middle-eastern inspired sweet is similar to the Turkish and Greek Ravani or Revani, and the Egyptian Basbousa. Rosewater is akin to middle-eastern sweets but have toned it down for an understated and subtle presence. Traditional syrup cakes are heavy and laden with sugar, here have played-down the sweetness so don’t be afraid…