3-Course Dinner (Jerusalem-Themed)

IMG_5530 IMG_5531Recipe #15) Pureed beets with yogurt – This first-course dish is my 15th dish out of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook. This dish combines beets, garlic, red chile, Greek yogurt, date syrup (I substituted maple syrup), and olive oil. It’s topped with green onions, hazelnuts, and goat cheese. Such a beautiful presentation, I think.

IMG_5544 IMG_5547Recipe #16) Braised chicken thighs with apricots and currants – I’m becoming more and more adept at cooking meat. And the chicken thigh is quickly becoming my favorite piece of chicken (How could I have once favored the breast?!). The sweet fruit and the fennel are, for me, the stars of this main dish.

IMG_5526Recipe #17) Muhallabieh – This sweet milky dessert finished off this three-course meal. It also was the first dessert I attempted out of the Jerusalem cookbook. It was good but perhaps slightly too sweet for my tastes.

 

 

yogurt, cucumber, and rose petal dip

topped with walnuts and dried rose petals

This lovely, chilled dip (possibly, my new favorite side dish) is made with plain Greek yogurt, diced cucumbers, raisins, fresh herbs, and chopped walnuts. It is the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish. It is also pretty amazing over toasted bread, topped with plenty of fresh dill. Of course, you might as well just eat it by itself.

thyme, mint, oregano, and dill

Further, I am happy to report that our oregano has survived. We transplanted some perennial herbs about a month ago. I decided that it would be a good idea to divide the oregano into three small sections to promote a linear, even growing pattern. (Just to note: I still back this decision.) The sections were looking pretty sickly for a while, but have made an impressive comeback in the past few weeks. Check out the photos. Not bad, actually.

oregano, section #2
June 3, 2012

oregano, section #2
June 30, 2012

Our dill in the other herb garden is also coming along. It might not be as tall as we had hoped by now, but it’s growing pretty decently. Perhaps we might be using too much?

dill
June 30, 2012

dill
June 3, 2012

I have completed 27 of Batmanglij’s 268 recipes. Percentage complete: 10.07%