Middle Eastern

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Mint, Parsley & Chives

Although we love spending hours getting creative in the kitchen, life doesn't always provide us with an abundance of spare time. So when life or work gets a little hectic, simple & straightforward meals save the day. But of course, they still have to taste great too!  

This tabbouleh is perfect if you don't have much time, but want to make something beautiful, delicious and healthy. I'm obsessed with how the colours dance together in the bowl - it would make a great dish for a dinner party or as a side dish for Christmas. We often make a big batch and make it last a few days for a quick and tasty lunch option too.  Traditionally, tabbouleh is made with bulgur, but we've swapped ours for quinoa for a nuttier taste. Feel free to swap around the grains, this would also work with buckwheat or spelt couscous!

Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa Tabbouleh

Ingredients (Serves 4 as a main, or 6 as a side dish

1 and 1/2 cups of quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
A large handful each of - fresh mint, parsley and chives, chopped
1 pomegranate
1 cucumber, finely diced
1 lemon
A generous drizzle of good quality olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste

1. First, cook the quinoa with a large pinch of salt, drain well and set aside to cool.
2. Once the quinoa has cooled to room temperature, mix in the fresh herbs, pomegranate seeds and diced cucumber. Drizzle in olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon and season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve ad enjoy! We love ours with roasted butternut squash and hummus.

Quinoa tabbouleh

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Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah

If you hadn't already realised by now, we love a good spice blend. But when a spice blend also contains nuts/seeds and can be eaten as a snack? That's when our taste buds really get excited. Welcome to Dukkah .... probably one of the tastiest mixes you can have in your kitchen cupboards. And it's really nutritious too...so it's an all round winner!

Originating from Egypt, this spice/nut mix has become really popular around the world as a delicious topping, seasoning and just a general kitchen superstar. The word 'dukka' (or duqqa) means 'to pound', and you quite literally just pound your ingredients together to form a dry, crunchy mixture. 

Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah

Traditionally, dukkah was served as a snack with fresh bread and olive oil. Simple but delicious! But it's an incredibly versatile mix - sprinkle it on top of vegetables to form a crispy coating, use it on top of soups, salads, stews, pasta or whatever meal needs some extra flavour. The possibilities are pretty endless.  I've even eaten it with a spoon as a pre-dinner snack! 

In many classic Dukkah recipes, they use hazelnuts & sesame seeds as the base of the mix. We've used almonds in our version as we always have them in the cupboard, but it would be equally delicious with brasil nuts, walnuts or hazelnuts. We've also used pumpkin seeds as they're our favourite and are an amazing source of zinc and plant protein. 

Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah

Ingredients (Makes 1 medium jar)
1/2 cup of Almonds
1/2 cup of Pumpkin Seeds
2 & 1/2 tablespoons of cumin seeds
2 & 1/2 tablespoons of coriander seeds
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper corns
1/2 teaspoon of good quality salt

Method
We dry roast our seeds and nuts separately in a heavy bottom pan so they cook evenly.
1. First toast the almonds, then pumpkin seeds, stirring well until they are nicely browned. Set aside.
2. Then toast the coriander, cumin and black pepper until they are fragrant.
3. Let everything cool, then mix with the salt and grind up in either a pestle and mortar or with a spice/coffee grinder. Its nice to leave some of the seeds and nuts chunky so you get some good texture (see below).
4.Store in an air-tight jar. Keeps well for 2-3 months. 

Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
Almond & Pumpkin Seed Dukkah

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