Recipes #21-#23, Jerusalem

Below are three festive dishes from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem. They represent my 21st-23rd completed dishes from this cookbook. IMG_5634Recipe #21) Roasted chicken with artichoke and lemon. A fairly solid dish, although the lemon peel was a bit overwhelming — seemed a bit bitter. A very pretty presentation!

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IMG_5637Recipe #22) Spicy beet, leek & walnut salad – This is my kind of food. An all-around beautiful dish. The pomegranate is extra good in this salad. 
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IMG_5663Recipe #23) Tahini cookies – Here is the requisite holiday cookie. These are great little cookies and very easy to make. The tahini flavor is great – a little something unique but not too overwhelming.

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cucumber and pomegranate salad

You often can find me lamenting over how few serving dishes we own.

And yet, we actually own quite a few. The problem is that 90% of them are made of glass. What am I supposed to do with a glass dish—besides, of course, look at it? With the arrival of summer, however, many hot suppers have been replaced with room temperature, even sometimes chilled meals. For some reason, it has never occurred to me until now that glass dishes serve as the perfect backdrop for summer creations, such as this beautiful cucumber and pomegranate salad.

pomegranate arils

Pomegranate is not something that I work with often. I remember the first few times I attempted to free the arils from the flesh—an unbelievably tedious process, or so I thought. Last summer (or was it last winter?), a cousin of mine suggested that I peel the pomegranate while holding it under a bowl of water. This technique works amazingly well. The arils sink to the bottom of the bowl. Everything unwanted floats, and can be skimmed away. The juicy boldness of the arils in this salad is awesome. And the pomegranate marries really well with the mint and shallot.

prepared pomegranate arils, cucumbers, shallots, and mint, waiting to be added to the lime vinaigrette

I have completed 26 of Batmanglij’s 268 recipes. Percentage complete: 9.70%