A salad, you say? On this blog? A strange post, I know, but I just had to say…
Since purchasing Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook earlier this year, I have been absolutely obsessed. So far every recipe I have toyed with has turned out beyond perfectly, regardless of its complexity. My favourite go-to during the week, however, is his Na’ama’s Fattoush. Living in London often means too much beer, too many kebabs, and nowhere near enough vegetables so I find this dish is a great way to “cleanse” while still eating something you enjoy. I am lucky enough to live in an area that is loaded with Turkish supermarkets, where you can buy ingredients for this recipe for around£6. It is quick, easy, and everything is raw (so it must be, like, reaaally good for you, right?)
I don’t think my housemates realised what they were getting themselves into when they put me in charge of dessert for our Christmas dinner.
The idea was inspired by a similar concept found on Taste.com.au, however the pavlova was made using Jo Seagar’s butterscotch meringue recipe, which my mum and I have been using for years. You can find the recipe here: http://cattaylornz.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/butterscotch-meringues.html
For my best friend’s birthday, I felt the pressing need to create something marvellous. This little gem sure was a crowd pleaser, although it was almost too pretty to slice up!
The cake itself was a two tier chocolate buttermilk cake, the same recipe used for my own Oreo-heavy birthday cake (see earlier post). The preparation for this involved purchasing 16 Kit Kat bars from Coles… I have never been more grateful for self-service supermarket checkouts.