Couscous with Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds

I needed to serve couscous with my chicken tagine with dates and honey and, as I had guests coming, I wanted something a little bit more interesting than plain couscous.  So off I went to Eat Your Books and typed in couscous.  Up popped 85 recipes.  This one caught my eye (probably because it had pomegranates in it and I have a few :)). Continue reading

In My Kitchen – June 2012

In my kitchen are:

you guessed it! POMEGRANATES and lots of them.  This is only a small sample but I am working through them.  Just today, I made another batch of grenadine.  If I make it to the bottom of the pile, I will deserve a reward. Continue reading

The Great Pomegranate Extravaganza (Part III)

Pomegranate Gel with Pashmak

This recipe comes from Turkey: Recipes and tales from the road by Leanne Kitchen.  Its a beautifully presented book.  This is the second dessert I have made from it.  The other one, hazelnut meringues with rose cream and roasted strawberries, was a real hit.  This one, I am not so sure about. Continue reading

The Great Pomegranate Extravaganza (Part I)

Akeel (Yoghurt and Pomegranate Dip)

I have always admired Maggie Beer (and I mean always), long before she appeared on National TV on the Cook and the Chef.  My admiration was based on how she creates ways to use ingredients she has at hand.  Pheasant, quince, grapes (verjuice), are just a few that readily come to mind.

So I was not going to be daunted by the number of pomegranates I had.  If I was ever going to live up to my expectation of self, I was going to be able to use all those bloody pomegranates. Continue reading

Pomegranate Jelly

Oh! My goodness, I have sooo many pomegranates. The birds, for some reason, have left about two thirds for me – that is not like them.

I left a very large box of the best in the cool room and brought back (to Perth) an equally large box of the split and nibbled (hence, the not so perfect specimens in the photo).  I am really at a loss as to what to do with them all. I have scoured my books and come up with pomegranate jelly, pomegranate cordial and pomegranate molasses.  I started with the jelly and intend to tackle the other two, but that is not going to use up all the fruit. Continue reading