It’s been a while since I posted anything, and while I’d like to blame my recent move to London (UK not back to my hometown London ON), I think I’ve fallen out of the habit a bit. However, there is no shortage of amazing food and inspiration here (it is the land of Ottolenghi after all), and following a particularly delicious dinner last night, I am trying to get back in the swing of things! One of the best things about living in London has been the markets, for food stuffs and all other stuffs. Every weekend Graham and I seek out a new one, or return to our favourite in Marylebone, where we fill as many bags as we can carry reasonably (ubering occasionally). Upon returning home we cram it all in our miniature fridge, and then endeavour to make it all before the next market day! It’s a lovely ritual and a great way to ensure we are eating local food that is in season.
This salmon recipe is super easy, healthy, and very delicious. All you need is salmon, red chilli jelly, S&P and some jalapeños. THAT’S ALL.
While Zhoug might sound like a Marvel super villain, it is actually a super simple condiment that you will want to put on EVERYTHING. Once again Ottolenghi wins with this dish. Zhoug is traditional to Yemeni Jews and a staple in Israli cuisine (think shawarma and falafel pitas with much Zhoug).
This recipe comes from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook, and while I always make a few modifications, my strongest recommendation would be to double the recipe! Graham and I have been slopping this on everything from the spiced lamb and eggs, with yogurt sauce, to my toast in the morning, poached eggs, and I even snuck a little on the chicken burgers I made tonight. If prepared properly (with sanitized jars etc.) the Zhoug should keep in the fridge for up to three weeks… but I assure you it won’t be around that long!!!
Graham and I have been watching/listening to Britney Spears for the past hour and it has put me in an excellent mood. I strongly encourage you to revisit some of Britney’s older material if you have not in a while – the denim outfit in Overprotected alone is worth it. Anyways… when you are jamming out to Britney you probably want something healthy (serious ab envy) and also something quick so you can work on your choreography between chopping and frying. Spicy shrimp and kale salad should fit the bill.
This light and easy weekday dinner packs a lot of protein and will leave you with plenty of energy to have a dance party later. Stay tuned for my Boss Kale Salad recipe. Why is it called Boss Kale Salad you may ask? Here’s a hint: crisp prosciutto, burrata and peaches.