Chicken roasted with 40 cloves of garlic and Merguez sausages

I must tell you my chicken and garlic story.  It was 1982 and we were in Singapore.  We were on our way home after a year in Europe and we weren’t staying at the flashest hotel in town.

We decided to eat at the hotel restaurant and I ordered chicken and garlic.  Well, I certainly got my money’s worth in story currency.  You see, there were 51 cloves of garlic and about three pieces of chicken.  When it arrived, we laughed and laughed and laughed.  I ate the three pieces of chicken and counted the garlic.  We were not as familiar with garlic then as we are now. Continue reading

Cheesy pull-apart bread

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This is another post from The Cookbook Guru’s  feature cookbook for this month, Saha, by Greg and Lucy Malouf.  Before this month, I had made several recipes from Saha and have now tried seven more.  I love trying recipes from my cookbooks and I love the fact that The Cookbook Guru  encourages me to do so.

One recipe from Saha I haven’t had time to make this month but is one of my favourites is Hummus with spiced marinated lamb and pine nuts.  It is to die for.  If you have Saha, I highly recommend that recipe to you. Continue reading

Chicken cooked on coals Aleppo-style, with crushed walnuts, lemon zest and mint

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This is another post from The Cookbook Guru’s  feature cookbook for this month, Saha, by Greg and Lucy Malouf.

As the name of this recipe indicates, it should be cooked on coals, ie, a solid fuel barbecue or an open fire.  Greg and Lucy suggest a Weber would be ideal.  They also suggest a ridged griddle pan would work (or the grill on a gas barbeque), but who would want to clean the marinade off a griddle pan after a nice dinner? Continue reading

Once is enough …

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This month, The Cookbook Guru is featuring Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf.  One great thing about trying out recipes for the Cookbook Guru is you get to do a post even when the recipe is a dud. Normally, if a recipe is a dud, I write next to it, “Once is enough” and move on.  But the Cookbook Guru wants us to critique recipes in the featured cookbook.

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Ma’ahani (Spicy Lebanese sausages with pine nuts)

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This month, The Cook Book Guru is featuring Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf.  Saha was published in 2005.  It was my first truly magnificent cookbook.  It is a travelogue- cum-cookbook of Lebanon and Syria, with wonderful glossy photos.  I remember receiving it as a gift and just loving it.  I treated it with great reverence for a long time, gently turning over the pages so as not to mar it.  Since my trip to Lebanon, I have revisited the book many times, marvelling at the fact that I have been to a number of the places mentioned. Continue reading