Winter Mezze Spread

Winter Mezze Spread

Winter weather provides a great opportunity to stay indoors and get stuck into some cooking projects. Even better than that is inviting friends over to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Learning how to put together a decent Mid-Eastern style mezze spread will change your life re: entertaining. It’s relatively low effort but can yield dramatic and impressive results.

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Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Purple Cabbage & Diaspora Co. Turmeric Bhajis

Don’t mind me, just posting another bhaji recipe. Whether it’s on a hot day with a cold beer, or a cozy winter afternoon with some sweet & spicy chutney , there’s honestly never a bad time to consume bhajis. I recently made my first Diaspora Co, Single-Origin turmeric purchase and now I’m literally trying out ALL of my fave Indian dishes with this magic powder. (More details on the Turmeric at the end of the recipe post!)

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Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Leek & Besan (chickpea flour!) Fritters

Not quite latke, not quite bhaji, these little fritters tick ALL the boxes: Crispy, spicy,  Vegan, Gluten Free, ready in under 20 minutes. They’re made with one of my fave ingredients: Besan! AKA gram flour, chickpea flour, farine de pois chiches. This savoury plant-based flour is perfect for gf baking, healthy fritters, and you can even use it to make a vegan brown butter! Is there anything it can’t do?

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Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

Pumpkin & Chickpea Curry w/ Tangy Hyderabadi Tomatoes

It’s that time of year again: cozy, spicy, warming, and comforting dishes are basically all that’s on the menu and my curry-game is improving every day. This recipe has a few steps but worth the investment of your time and energy. Try this on a Sunday, simmer all afternoon long and enjoy with some fluffy rice, crunchy pickled-cabbage and some warm chapatis. Make yourself a thali— you deserve it!

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