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…

Charred Eggplant with Fresh Za’atar Rub yogurt tahini dressing

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Grilled charred eggplant is a staple in our home.  Its firm skin protects its creamy interior and will absorb any flavouring you add to it during the cooking process. Inspired by Za’tar, a middle-eastern thyme-  and sesame- based spice blend, have instead used freshly picked thyme & oregano, blended the leaves with toasted sesame seeds…

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…