White bread dough with a paste of olive oil and za’atar.
Apple cake. What can I say? It’s great.
I am in love with a new cookbook of mine, Plenty more by Yotam Ottolenghi. I made yesterday’s lunch form it, and I felt really cheffy while making it. For me, just the right amount of fiddling with the number of steps, as well as a straightforward recipe.
This is very quickly becoming a classic in our household: Blue ribbon apple pie. So nice, so nice…
It has been quite a long week, and some very long weeks are coming up, so I was looking forward to the opportunity to lose myself in cooking. We have guests, so this is a good excuse to make copious amounts of food.
Looking at the recipes, the most important criterion is whether the combination of ingredients looks promising enough to produce a tasty dish (another criterion is whether the boyfriend will eat it, but that is a can of worms I will not open at this point).
But very often, and I think for many people, an important criterion is whether the ratio of effort and the tastiness of the resulting dish is favourable. For example, one dish with a very favourable ratio is some variant of “minestrone.” In my rendition, it consists of throwing together some vegetables and perhaps a bit of smoked bacon; add some pasta or potato, finish off with parsley and a drizzle of olive oil… For winter, I cannot think of an easier, yet more satisfying dish to make, and this is why I go back to it over and over again.
Zaatar roast chicken
Chicken thighs covered in za'atar, olive oil, and salt; roasted at 200˚C for 75 min.
This is a winner: made on a weeknight for guests, it was delicious and not terribly complicated to make. Alongside the spread, I served warm fluffy pita breads, as I prefer them over the thin flatbreads. We had some white Burgundy to drink, it fit quite nicely.
I love this curry. I love everything about it. I will be making it again for sure!
I found a recipe while Pinteresting. I was captured by the photo, and only then looked at the ingredients. Well, you can have a look, and compare it to my version above. But I am sure mine was not lacking in flavour!