Too many leeks, anyone?

Leeks are a bug bear of mine.  The problem is, they are so easy to grow, I just can’t resist throwing a few seeds into the vegie patch each autumn.  Then, come spring, when they have all grown and are ready for picking on the same day, I have absolutely no idea what to do with them all.

I have tried staggering my planting like all the books advocate but, from my experience, the plants you put in late just catch up to the earlier plants so they still all ripen on the same day. Continue reading

Lamb tagine with prunes and almonds

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As you all know, The Cookbook Guru is featuring Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco for March and April and, I must say, I love the book.  Paula Wolfert’s recipes usually take a bit of time to prepare but they are absolutely worth it.  Today’s recipe is no exception.  It was to die for.

I find many of the recipes in the book are perfect for dinner parties as they can easily be, and arguably are best, made a day ahead.

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Marinated and roasted goat mechoui

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Here is another recipe from The Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook, The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert.  It is a fabulous book if you are interested in Moroccan food.  I bought the book last year just after I bought my Römertopf.  Paula Wolfert has written another book, ‘Clay Pot Cooking’, which I was interested in.  Whilst I was looking at that book, I noticed her other books.  I am afraid I got carried away – I now have 4 Paula Wolfert books.

I was attracted to this recipe for two reasons.  Firstly, Paula suggests using a Römertopf to roast the meat and I thought it would be a great opportunity to use my Römertopf.  I love the way meat turns out in it – soft and moist.  Secondly, I thought it would be fun to try something different. Continue reading

Kefta tagine with herbs, spices and lemon

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This is another recipe from The Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook, The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert.  I was flicking through the book (which, BTW, is fabulous.  If you are interested in Moroccan cooking, check it out) and these little meat balls caught my eye.  Maus is in charge of meatballs in our house so I thought I could kill two birds with one stone: sample another recipe from the feature cookbook and get Maus to cook dinner!  Surprisingly, Maus was willing – maybe, after a quick read, she realised making the kefta was going to be extremely easy – put everything into a food processor and pulse, then form into walnut size balls.  Couldn’t be easier than that!  I offered to make the sauce.  Luckily, that was just as easy.   Continue reading

Roasted tomatoes with rosewater

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This month, the Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook is The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert.  Paula Wolfert is an acclaimed American cookbook author who specialises in Mediterranean cooking.

Scan-150228-0002The Food of Morocco is her latest book.  It is an expanded version of her 1973 book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, a book which is still in print after 40 years.  If you have this book or can get it from your local library, why not join in?  Just make a recipe from the book, write a post and then send a link to the post to Leah, alias the Cookbook Guru.  Leah will then reblog your post on The Cookbook Guru site.

I was keen to post this recipe, asap, because I know many people currently have tomatoes galore and slow roasted tomatoes are the best way I know of preparing them.  Even if you don’t have a vegie patch, tomatoes are very cheap at the moment.  Roasted tomatoes freeze very well so it is a great way of preserving some for later in the season. Continue reading

Chicken with dried apricots and pinenuts

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Alas, I forgot the pine nuts! Oh! Well, I will remember them tonight when we have the leftovers.

This month, the Cookbook Guru has asked members to pitch for a book or books to be featured.  I have decided to pitch for The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert (a winner of the James Beard Award – the “Oscars” of the cookbook world). Continue reading