Aubergine salad with saffron yoghurt


So I have taken a very long break from this blog. I think this probably a payback for boasting about the great student life I had over the summer. I have been super busy for the past couple of months but I am hoping that this has stopped now.
I am back with a recipe that I shot way back during the summer when I finally got back all my cookbooks that have been in storage for almost two years. I have found not only my Leiths Bible but also the notes from the Leiths cookery course and the first Ottolenghi cookbook I got for Christmas couple of years ago. The vegetable section is so amazing that I just want to go and live in the photos and eat one recipe every day. After looking through the cookbook for two days I finally chose a recipe and made it. And it was so good that I had to share it here only afterwards I realised that it is actually very similar to the courgette one. But it is just as good maybe even slightly better.
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Courgette and Hazelnut Salad

Courgette and Hazelnut Salad
This courgette salad is too delicious to be this simple to make. Slightly charred courgette with roasted hazelnuts topped with basil and lemon juice, what’s not to like? Well maybe if you are not a big fan of courgette but thats unlikely (I think?!). But then you are just simply missing out, because courgette is awesome in anything and everything.

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It is absolutely boiling here in Prague, I don’t think it has been this hot ever before. So I am just lying on the sofa trying not to move too much.  And I am eating gazpacho. This cold refreshing gazpacho is exactly right for these moments. This recipe is perfect, it doesn’t take very long and no heat is required. And it is CHILLED, what’s not to love, right?

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Peas Crostini

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¡Hola! Sorry for the long break in the posts but I am currently in Barcelona learning Spanish and I haven’t had much time for my blog. I am having an awesome here, sangria, sun and the food even though I have been struggling a bit with finding veggie dishes. The recipe today I have actually made at home just before I left so it is like a reminder of home for me :).

My mum bought an organic vegetable basket and fresh peas was part of it. I shelled a pod or two just to taste it and I was hooked, I was then looking for a recipe that would capture this freshness and sweetness of it. I found a Peas, Mint and Parmesan Crostini recipe at Epicurious and I absolutely loved it.
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FinalSo I am back home in Prague for a bit, and I miss houmous, or hummus in America. I would buy about two pots every week when I was in Durham but in Prague it isn’t really available. So I made my own and lots of it. I am now in a bit of houmous-induced food coma but it was definitely worth it. Continue reading

Summer rolls

Spring rolls are my favourite restaurant food but now that I have made them, they are definitely my favourite food to make as well. That and the marinated tofu…
I have always called these spring rolls but apparently they are actually called summer rolls, they are fresh Vietnamese rolls in rice paper and they are great. The first time I had these was during my travelling in Vietnam last summer, I usually prefer the fried version which is slightly less pretty and a lot less healthy, but these rolls with veggies and tofu are just as awesome.
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Pico de Gallo

finalAnd the sun is gone again from Durham, so everyone has gone back to doing house/dinner parties rather than staying outside and one of my friends decided to host a Mexican themed night with fajitas, nachos and some tequila. I volunteered to bring the dips – guacamole and pico de gallo. The guacamole recipe will appear here later but today it is the pico de gallo that I am writing about.
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