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Aubergine and Feta Involtini

Griddled aubergine wraps itself around salty feta spiked with mint, baked with tomatoes and topped with melted mozzarella  Yum!

Involtini just means little bundle in Italian; it can be used to describe meat wrapped variations too.  This vegetarian version is a simple dish to make but one I cook time and time again  I find that even people who have issues with the texture of aubergines like them cooked this way as the tomato and mint cut through it.   I particularly love the bursts of sweetness from the raisins and the creaminess of the pinenuts in the filling that are reminders to me of holidays in Sicily and Venice   Involtini makes a great comfort food dish for Meat Free Mondays  I also like the fact you can make it family sized by cooking it in a large dish or make it in individual dishes  – whichever suits Continue reading

Mediterranean Salad

I love this salad with crusty bread for lunch as the combination of flavours is sooo good.  It’s great as a starter, or serve it with simply grilled or BBQ’d meat, poultry or fish – but you do need the bread to mop up the juices.  If you think salads are boring then this will change your mind as this Salad positively oozes sunshine and sings of summer holidays in the Med Continue reading

Baba Ganoush

Legend has it that this dip was invented by a member of the royal harem.   The arabic term means “pampered papa”!!  It is a wonderful smokey and creamy dip – charring of the aubergine skin adds the smokey taste that this dip is famous for.  Wonderful with the Rack of Lamb with North African Spices but see below  under Tips and Alternatives for other suggestions.

I always make this the night before to let flavours develop although this isn’t essential although it does help if you want to get ahead.  Continue reading