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Shaitan’s Baked Apples. With Djinn Custard. One for Hallowe’en.

Three whole aisles of Hallowe’en gimmicks, Poundland? Really? It is all a bit OTT this year, don’t you think? What happened to making your own costumes and watching Blue Peter for further ideas? And as for this trick or treat … Continue reading

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Soup-e-Jo – Persian Barley Soup

An Autumn supper for 4. Or a starter for 6. There cannot be a more recession-friendly soup than this. But it is so creamy and comforting it tastes more like the fare of shahs than paupers. It is a very … Continue reading

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Israeli Fruit Soup – Marak Perot

To make 4 portions of anytime comfort food Fruit soups are two a shekel in the Middle East – but most of them are sweet and get served chilled. Iran boasts several fine savoury fruit numbers, the most famous being … Continue reading

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Baby Stuffed Aubergines a la Chiller Cabinet

To celebrate the opening of the Veggiestan kitchen (posh word for a food prep table and a cuddly new fridge), we are sharing with you the secret recipe of our most popular dish to date. It’s very hush hush, so … Continue reading

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Dolmeh #6½ – Batatis Meschi – Stuffed Potatoes

Makes about 20 There’s an awful lot of stuffed stuff in Veggiestan. So much that we couldn’t stuff it all in, and some of the dishes have overflowed here. This isn’t quite like the other dolmeh in the book, as … Continue reading

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Veggiestan Borsch

For 4 Time for some soup, seeing as how we seem to have skipped Summer and gone straight to Autumn. Suspect most of us have tried a version of this. I first tried it many years ago at someone’s Bar … Continue reading

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Ghormeh Sabzi Salad. Yeah – for real.

To feed 4 Bean salad. Nutritious and attractive, and in its most authentic Middle Eastern format, dead easy to make. So easy that one is almost embarrassed to write a recipe for it. Cook some beans any beans drain them … Continue reading

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Afghan Spiced Rice with Mung Beans: Maash Palao

To serve 2 As rice and mung beans are two of Afghanistan’s favourite ingredients, there are quite a number of recipes involving the pair of them. One such is ketcheree: short grain rice cooked up all stickily with garlic and … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Qorma Baskets – Qorma-e-Gul-e-Kalam

Serves 2, generously Pure vegetable ostentation. Well, this isn’t actually on a par with those who can sculpt flowers out of carrots, or carve veg into musical instruments. But this is still quite a special dish. Cauliflower florets are cooked … Continue reading

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Braised Little Gems with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Laughter, reunion and coming together smell of saffron, while tears and distance reek of onions…(Rumi) The shops are full of little gems at the mo. That’s as in little gem lettuces, not as in expensive gewgaws that you can’t live … Continue reading

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