Three more days until school is out for the summer.  Can’t wait.  I’m tired.  This is partly because it has been a loooooong term and partly because it was a reeeeally good weekend.  🙂

Fatigue is not conducive to blogging so I shall be back with flatbread and babaganoush and a couple of summer cocktails once I’ve perked up.   

Glen Feshie

We went walking down in Glen Feshie a couple of weeks ago.   Wonderful day.  Sunny skies and gorgeous scenery.  Unfortunately, the light was so bright my pictures didn’t come out well at all.  Got a few of my pup enjoying himself though.  🙂


There’s No Other Way

There’s a recipe for Chargrilled Broccoli with Chilli and Garlic in the Ottolenghi cookbook.  I’ve made it a few times and it is fabulous.  It’s also a bit of a fouter though and on week nights I usually can’t bothered with it.  So, a few months ago I took the basics of the recipe and simplified the whole process by foregoing the chargrilling thing and just mixing steamed broccoli with a rather pungent oil.  The result was that D has told me in no uncertain terms never to serve him broccoli in any other way again. 

Nuff said, methinks.


Broccoli with Chilli and Garlic

(serves 4 as a side)

4 tblspn olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped finely

1/2 red chilli chopped finely

Pinch of salt

Large head of broccoli, cut into florets

  • Add the oil, garlic and chilli to a cold frying pan.  Turn the heat onto medium.  Fry the garlic and chilli until the garlic begins to sizzle.   Turn the heat off and leave on the stove for another minute.  Pour the contents of the frying pan into a glass bowl and whisk in the salt.
  • Meanwhile, steam the broccoli until cooked to your liking.  I usually like a bite in my veg but for some reason I prefer this dish quite soft.
  • Toss the broccoli with the flavoured oil and serve immediately.

Lamees’ Palestinian Musakhan Roll

A little later than intended, here is my second post in aid of Refugee Week.  Today I’d like to share a recipe that was kindly sent to me by the Scottish Council for Refugees.  On the Friday 19th June, 2009 the members of the Maryhill Integration Group are publishing “Heart of the Home” a book of recipes* from refugees living in Scotland.  The following Musakhan Roll is Palestinian Lamees Tayyem’s contribution to the book.  I’ve never met Lamees but, thanks to the Refugee Council, I know a little about her now:

Cooking is a great way for Lamees Tayyem to keep memories of her Palestinian homeland alive. Forty-five year old Lamees lives in Sighthill with her husband Iyad, a poet, and their sons: Atif, 20, Mahir, 20 and Faris, six. The family came to Glasgow in the year 2000 after being forced to leave their refugee camp in Syria. The family now have permission to stay on in Scotland indefinitely. A volunteer Arabic teacher, Lamees also assists with the asylum and refugee team at St Rollox as well as being an active member of the International Women’s Group in Sighthill. Since arriving in Glasgow she has gained a reputation for her culinary skills and often cooks for events hosted by the Scottish Friends of Palestine. Lamees said: “We like our lives in Scotland. Life is much safer here. Maybe one day I’d like to take my sons back to Palestine to see where they came from.”

Musakhan Roll is a kind of Palestinian casserole made with chicken, bread, spices and vegetables and it was utterly delicious.  I’ve published the recipe below in the exact form that I received it.  The only changes I made when cooking the dish myself was to use chicken thighs cut into thirds and ground allspice (couldn’t find whole). 

Lamee’s Palestinian Musakhan Roll

(serves 6)

One large boneless chicken, cut into pieces

Three Arabic flatbreads or six pita bread (my new love – shall post a recipe very soon)

Six medium onions chopped

Half a cup of olive oil

Six teaspoons of Sumac

One teaspoon of salt

Half a teaspoon of pepper

Two teaspoons of allspice (not ground)

Half a cup of pine nuts (optional)

One cup of water

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Cook the chicken pieces with the cup of water in a pot for 30 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, allspice, onions, and olive oil to thechicken while it’s cooking. Wait until around five minutes
  • before the chicken is due to be ready and add all your sumac to the pot.
  • Cut each Arabic bread into four pieces (or open up each pita bread).
  • Take one spoonful from the pot and place into a piece of bread and then roll it.
  • Grease a baking dish with olive oil and place the rolls in the baking dish. Add your pine nuts to the top and bake at 250C for 20 minutes or until bread is golden coloured.
  • Serve with a side salad of yoghurt and enjoy.
*  The Kitchen Cookbook is a fantastic new collection of international recipes  collected from members of the Maryhill Integration Network. Come and get a taster with workshops and activities for the whole family. Organised by Maryhill Integration Network in partnership with Culture and Sport Glasgow, NGARN, conFAB and local primary schools.  For more information: 0141 946 9106