Archives for August 2013

Feta Crostini in the Persian Manner

Feta Crostini

I remember seeing a fabulous recipe in one of my cookery books – it was a puff pastry roll stuffed with mashed potato and gorgonzola. I know, ‘carb on carb’ sounds strange (and naughty), right? Well, it’s just the sort of thing I love. I wanted to prepare this at home as a first course. It would be lovely with a Chablis. Of course, when the time came to prepare it, I could not find the book – was the recipe from my beloved, yellow-paged, slightly tattered New York Times cookery book? I had picked it up near our library at home in DC for $2. Alas, I simply could not find this recipe; I doubt it was from this book.

And that’s how these crostini were born. I had some gorgeous vermillion-hued saffron-specked honey which I had made earlier that morning, as well as walnut paste (I love to mix a teaspoon of it into my strained yoghurt with a slow drizzle of maple syrup in the mornings). I sliced pieces of whole wheat baguette, brushed them with olive oil and under the broiler they went for 30 seconds. After the crostini became golden around the edges, I took them out and slathered on some soft and creamy Persian feta, added the walnut paste and scattered a few pistachio slivers over it. Then, finally, I dotted it with saffron-honey. The musky aroma of the saffron and the sweetness of the honey paired so beautifully well with the feta.

What did you create this weekend?


Shahi Zafran ka Sharbat – Honey and Saffron Sherbet in the Pakistani Manner

This recipe originally appeared in BBC Good Food Magazine, India, October, 2012, for a ‘Pakistani Feast’ feature I was commissioned for.Read More

Eid Mubarak – 2013

Shir Khurma Eid

Wishing all of you lovelies a very Happy Eid. We are going to be tucking into bowls of this Afghan-style vermicelli pudding, called shir khurma.Read More

The Best Thing

Chocolate Gelato

Lovelies, this is the best thing my husband and I ate on Sunday – darkest chocolate gelato – creamy, fudge-like, dense. Bittersweet.

I’d love to hear about the most delicious thing you ate and adored this weekend. What was it?