Beakfast, lunch and sweets

Try as I may, I’ve never been able to knock out a great loaf of bread. Sometimes I might accidentally turn out an OKish flatbread or a decent pan-fried roti but that’s as close I get to fluffy, tall, slice-able thing. So when I read that in Iran bread is king, and is chowed-down upon…

Harira

Harira is a soup, usually fairly meaty, which people in Morocco use to break their fast during Ramadan. It just so happens that Ramadan is now, so it turns out this soup was quite a fitting place to start. I made a vegetarian version of the soup, which usually features chicken hearts and necks. I…

Red Lentil Soup

One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is that I am always learning new things about what the world eats. I had no idea at all that red lentil soup, a winter staple at my place, was so popular in Turkey. I (silly, privileged Aussie) just thought it was something that…

Lentils for wealth

In parts of Italy, people eat lentils at New Year to bring wealth. They are also eaten throughout the year, braised, stewed or in soups. I made some basic braised lentils and served them with a mixed bean salad. We may have missed New Years, but hey, the year hasn’t progressed too much yet, so…