Baba Ganoush is a wonderful smoky aubergine dip from the Middle East - it blows the socks off hummus. I love it with grilled pitta breads but often struggle to find the time to make it, that is until I discovered this new aubergine puree. I have to admit that I was slightly sceptical that a jarred aubergine may not have all the smoky and creamy flavours of home roasted aubergine - how wrong was I. This aubergine puree is utterly delicious and I was able to knock up this Levantine classic in minutes with a clove of garlic, a spoonful of tahini, parsley and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Ingredients for Quick & Simple Baba Ganoush
Serves 4 as a dip
1 x 390g jar of Med Cuisine aubergine puree
1 x clove a garlic, crushed or finely grated
1 tablespoon tahini
½ bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Juice of half a lemon
A generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
A few toasted sesame seeds (optional)
A few pomegranate seeds (optional)
1. Spoon all the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl
2. Mix in the crushed garlic, tahini, lemon juice and parsley.
3. Serve, garnished with sesame seeds, pomegranate seeds and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some toasted pitta breads.....yum!
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The beauty of making a paella - NO STIRRING! Get it on and go and do something else, the results are stunning. There are so many variations of this Catalan classic and (just like a risotto) there are so many different ingredients that you can use. When by the coast, fish and shellfish rule, the further inland, chicken, rabbit, sausage are the key. To make a good paella, there are a few things that you need to get right, the rest will take care of itself.
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