Sunday, July 4, 2021

Novel Food #42: Eastern Mediterranean food


For the last few months I’ve been reading non-fiction books.  I had one novel on the nightstand, but just couldn’t get into it, and it even focused on baking and offered recipes.  One of the best books was on genetic engineering (The Code Breaker) – a great read, but not inspirational for recipes.  Another was on healthy vs unhealthy foods and how one’s body can benefit from making changes.  In the end, I decided to share one of my recent cookbook acquisitions, Ripe Figs, featuring Eastern Mediterranean recipes.  


It seems like more and more cookbooks feature travel and personal stories along with recipes, and this is one such book.  In between the chapters are stories that talk about the culture, the people, and the politics of the region, and how sharing food and recipes is an act that brings everyone together, allowing differences to disappear.


I love the flavor profiles of this region, and a peek into my pantry and refrigerator would confirm that.   


This meal is delicious:  chicken marinated in pomegranate molasses, sumac, cumin, Aleppo pepper, and allspice.  The broccolini is cooked with red onion, red bell pepper, dill, and Aleppo pepper.  Both dishes were so flavorful.  


I’ve made more chicken dishes and salads, and have quite a few recipes tagged.  Tonight’s dinner will be Greek meatballs in tomato sauce, and I’m looking forward to digging in.

This is my submission for Novel Food #42.



Simona Carini said...

It sounds like a great book and the recipes you mention are mouthwatering. I also like the title: those two words are evocative for someone from that part of the world. Thank you so much for your contribution to Novel Food :)

Elizabeth said...

J'adore pomegranate chicken! I also really like Yasmin Khan's writing. I have just discovered her cookbooks, recently reading "The Saffron Tales" and "Zaitoun". We made her pomegranate chicken recipe that she included in "The Saffron Tales". These are my kind of cookbooks - with stories interspersed between the recipes!

I am now No.62 of 62 holds for ten copies of Yasmin Khan's book "Ripe Figs". Many thanks for pointing to it, Judy.