25 September 2012

Favourite Bites & Bobs September 2012


Very moreish flat bread doused on za'atar olive oil & fresh herbs

After A Taste of Persia at Cook the Books and getting my mitts on Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem things have taken a turn for the exotic at Casa Cardwell.

The colour of this Za’atar Spiced Beet Dip from Smith Bites...the vibrant magenta hue along side chilli, maple, spring onions and za’atar make for one exotic and flavourful dip.

Grilled Saffron Beef Kebabs from Aidia Mollenkamp. Beef is marinated in saffron, garlic, onion and lime, then grilled and wrapped in lavash with grilled tomatoes, onion, yoghurt and coriander.  Perfect for these warmer sunnier evenings. 

District Dining, Britomart, Auckland - for something a little different.  Sharing plates of crispy pigs ears with Szechuan salt, mussel fritters with preserved lemon mayonnaise, veal tongue, sweetbreads, mushrooms and smoked aioli and steak tartare with aioli, french fries and toast.

Crispy Pigs Ears with Szechuan Salt

Veal Tongue, Sweetbreads, Mushrooms & Smoked Aioli 

I would imagine you would find a bottle of Lea & Perrins in most British pantries.  Wonderfully savoury and perfect drizzled over grilled cheese.  I have never made my own but will be giving this one a whirl from Hannah over at Blue Kale Road.

Asparagus has arrived so more than likely there will be many encore performances, I just can’t get enough of these fresh green spears.


Bobs has become a little wordy this month....for some great notes on blogging and writing check out these.

The Write Stuff for Bloggers from Lucy over at The Kitchen Maid
And if you want more head on over to Will Write for Food.
And if you want to know why writing about food is important read this.

And here are some people that do it really well, wonderful wordsmiths. All unique, all authentic and all a real pleasure to read.

Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem - a must, must have purchase and so far, just as inspiring as Ottolenghi The Cook Book and Plenty.  So far I have tried the Chicken with Caramelised Onion and Cardamom Rice and the Lamb Shawarma.  Both have been, well delicious.  The chicken fragrant and comforting enveloped in the cardamom spiked rice, brightened by a large handful of fresh herbs.  The lamb shawarma, spiced lamb topped with a fresh salad of tomato, cucumber and lemon encased in pita will be the perfect way to feed a crowd this Summer.

And for a does of common sense Ruhlman on what is good for you. "Snake Oil Pills Proven to Prolong Life & Ensure You're Ready Whenever the Moment's Right" !!

Despite being terribly overgrown my garden can still look ever so pretty in the morning light.


  1. Beautiful, Mairi! I just love popping in to take a peek at your blog from time to time :) That saffron looks divine...

    1. Thanks Bethany! Must head over to check out yours :)

  2. Hope you really enjoy your few days break to indulge in all those things you love. Congratulations once again on the new job.

    1. Thanks Julie..enjoying these few days...but they are flying by...it is already Friday!!

  3. I love all you shared here. I cannot WAIT til Ottolenghi's Jerusalem arrives! I'm drooling over all you described from it. Thank you for sharing my Worcestershire link here, too. And I appreciate you letting me know about drizzling the sauce on a grilled cheese...heavenly! :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thanks Hannah....Jerusalem is definitely drool worthy! And yes I think you will like that grilled cheese!


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