Jerusalem

My favourite book at the moment and has been for a while – Jerusalem, written by chefs who grew up on opposite sides of the city in every way – geographically, religiously and culturally. They met in London in their 20s and realised they had so many shared experiences, despite this, and food was one area they connected. Read this New York Times review which explains “Jerusalem Fever’ much better than I can!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/dining/jerusalem-has-all-the-right-ingredients.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

So yes – I have been bitten by the Jerusalem bug! And what a perfect dinner to do for friends we met in Kuwait, not exactly the cultural melting pot that Jerusalem is, but so many of the recipes and smells and flavours brought us right back to Shawarma Street, or Fahaheel Fish market, Salmiya Sultan Centre.

So what did I pick? How do you pick from this book?! I went back to two recipes Ive tried (quite a lot!) over the past couple of months –

Kofta b’siniyah

Kofta b’siniyah – lamb and beef meatballs

Link via the Telegraph here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/9540785/Kofta-bsiniyah-recipe.html

This is always accompanied (by me anyways) by….

Spiced chickpea with fresh vegetable salad

Spiced chickpea with fresh vegetable salad

(Link to the recipe here:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/12/spiced-chickpea-salad-vegetarian-recipe

I also tried, for the first time, reccommended by my sister who gave me the book, the

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers

Turkey_and_Zucchini_BurgersThese were a great success, the yogurt and Sumaq dressing an amazing accompaniment to the entire meal. All served with some warm Cous Cous with toasted pine nuts & corriander…. YUM!

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