Mondays and Moorish Mezze Platters……

So I think it’s time I posted more than my standard weekly Wordless Wednesdays which seems to be symbolic of my mindset and life at the moment!!! Too much going on and too little time for blogging!

I recently purchased a copy of Greg and Lucy Malouf’s gorgeous book, Moorish! In fact I fell in love with the covers of all their books and wasn’t sure which one to choose, but settled on this.

It is a beautiful book with exactly what the name suggests lots of recipes of Moorish origin with a slightly modern and refreshing twist to them!

We celebrated our Easter a little non-traditionally this year and whilst the Easter bunny did visit the far corners of Morocco and we had lamb,  it all had a slightly Moorish twist!

For starters we had little Spicy Green Gazpacho Shooters which were refreshing and just tasted of spring!

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And a Mezze platter with the following:

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Green Split Pea Dip with Black Olives and Goats Cheese

Tzatziki

Herb Labne

Labne with Harissa

Hummus with Pistachio and Sumac Dukka (basic hummus with some Dukka added in)

Baba Ganoush ** my own recipe at end of post

Roast Red Pepper, Chili and Feta ** my own recipe at end of post

Charcuterie

Olives

Crudites

Artichokes in Olive Oil and Lemon

All served with some toasted pita breads.

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For the main course, (sorry no pics, too many hungry mouths!) I made the Roast Leg of Lamb with Baharat which was lamb marinated overnight in Baharat Spice Mix and oven roasted. As he quite rightly describes in the recipe, the aromas wafting around the house were really quite irresistible!

And then for desert the Chocolate Pistachio Cake which is really as good as it sounds. Now I’m not having a good run on the baking of late so it didn’t look quite like the one in the book (do they ever??), but this came out really nicely, smothered in some honey and orange water flavoured cream and covered in a chocolate ganache, delicious!!

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I can’t wait to try some more of their recipes out and definitely have their other books on my wishlist!

Baba Ganoush

Traditionally Baba Ganoush and Hummus have tahini as an ingredient but we aren’t wild about it so I generally omit it from these dishes. You can add it if you like.

3 large aubergines, cut in half and scored

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

4 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 cup flat parsley, finely chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

½  red chilli,  finely chopped with seeds removed (or add more if you like it hot!)

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Score the cut sides of the halved aubergines and place on a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Cook in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. They should be completely soft when you prick with a fork.

Remove and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. Discard the skins. Puree the pulp in a food processor for a few seconds; add the garlic, chilli and parsley and pulse a bit more. Season to taste with the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.

Roast Red Pepper, Chili and Feta

3 red peppers

3 cloves garlic

½ red chilli finely chopped

¼ cup olive oil

Fresh thyme leaves

1 cup goats feta

Roast the peppers in the oven at a high temperature or on a grill for a few minutes until the skins are blackened. Place in a plastic bag for a few minutes to rest. Remove from the bag, draining the seeds and liquid and peel the outer skins away. Slice the flesh of the peppers into strips.

Gently heat the olive oil and add the garlic, chilli and thyme for a minute or two. Don’t let the garlic burn. Add the peppers, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Add the feta once the mixture has cooled.

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4 Responses to “Mondays and Moorish Mezze Platters……”

  1. on 13 Apr 2010 at 3:03 pm Marisa

    *Error* Flavour Overload! Wow, I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll narrow it down to one word: WOW. How much does an invite to your dinner table sell for on the black market? Cause I think that could be a lucrative business to get into!

  2. on 28 Apr 2010 at 12:15 pm Dinx

    Hi doll. Popped in to see how you’re keeping. Hope all is well. Mucho love and hugs,
    Di
    xxx

  3. on 13 May 2010 at 7:27 am Jeanne @ CookSister

    OMG you MADE all that?! I stand in awe! Love ths flavours, the colours and the serving dishes, esp. for the red pepper, feta & chilli. Can we have a recipe for the green gazpacho shots please?!

  4. on 06 Jun 2010 at 5:19 pm Dinx

    Popped in to say hello .. hope you’re all ok? I leave on Wednesday for San Francisco. I’ll try and pop in, from that side. Have a brilliant week. HUGS xxx

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