Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Following are twelve food adventures I’ve had working with Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook (2012).

IMG_5467Recipe #12) Roasted cauliflower salad. November 24, 2014. This was delightful dish, but one perhaps that might have been better executed. The cauliflower was done before it seemed adequately charred. And sadly, I didn’t have the called-for hazelnuts. But the salad was still good (of course – the cookbook is superb). The maple syrup was an interesting addition to this salad.

IMG_5456Recipe #11) Roasted sweet potatoes. November 23, 2014. I made this roasted sweet potato dish last Sunday — a really wonderful way to roast sweet potatoes. I had no figs to use as the recipe called, but I can see how they might go really well with the balsamic reduction (which I had never made before but makes, I think, for a very pretty presentation).

IMG_5439Recipe #10) Roasted chicken with clementines. November 21, 2014. What a lovely dish! Roasted fennel is truly one of my favorite things. I’m getting a bit more comfortable with cooking meat. I used boneless chicken thighs here.

IMG_5309Recipe #9) Lemony leek meatballs. June 24, 2014. These meatballs were unexpectedly delightful. Making meat patties is definitely out of my comfort zone, so this dish was a good choice.

2014-06-08 19.22.20Recipe #8) Barley “risotto” with marinated feta. June 8, 2014. What makes this dish is the feta marinated with caraway. Lovely.

2014-05-30 20.05.57Recipe #7) Wheat berries & kale. May 30, 2014. Wonderful.

2014-05-28 18.38.30Recipe #6) Eggplant with bulgur and yogurt. May 28, 2014. A very interesting dish. The bulgur was wonderful, but I’m not sure about eating eggplant this way. Perhaps I didn’t execute it well?

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Recipe #5) Parsley and barley salad. February 5, 2014. Very nice light dinner.

2014-01-17 22.58.28Recipe #4) Chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice. January 17, 2014. This was the main course during my last night at home in Wisconsin before heading back to the east coast. I forgot how much I love cardamom. I must use this spice more often.

2014-01-17 22.22.02Recipe #3) Roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za’atar. January 17, 2014. Amazing.

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2014-01-11 21.15.11Recipe #2) Watercress and chickpea soup with rose water and ras el hanout. January 11, 2014. This was absolutely lovely. The spice mixture was fabulous. A very simple soup that should be made regularly.

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Recipe #1) Beef meatballs with beans and lemon. January 1, 2014. The was the first dish we attempted from this cookbook. Delightful. Who knew I would like a meatball?