Mid-week Maqlooba

‘Come on you too, Otis’, I am say trying to get my 1-year-old son to put his hands on the upturned cooking pot.  Otis reluctantly dabs his hands onto the pot and then goes back to clapping, which he is rather good at.  We lift the pot and there on the serving plate is a is the maqlooba.  Roasted carrots, cauliflower and aubergines glisten through spiced rice that has all been cooked together.

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Warm Rainbow Cauliflower, Toasted Nut & Tahini Salad


Autumn is a great time of year for warm salads. It’s not very warm outside, but it’s also not too cold yet. Leafy summer salads don’t appeal, but neither does hot stews, so this salad is the perfect gateway between the seasons. This warm salad is especially autumnal with the beautiful green and purple cauliflower. I love roasted cauliflower, as you will have read in a previous post, as it reminds me of the exceptionally tasty, but not so healthy deep-fried cauliflower I grew up with in my Mama’s very Middle Eastern kitchen. Roasting gives you all the flavour and texture, but it supremely better for your health.

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