This is Moroccan inspired, but instead of using cumin I use garam masala. I find cumin overpowering and garam masala a perfect blend of flavors. If you don’t like cilantro feel free to leave it out. A quick tip on garnishing: I don’t garnish just to make it pretty, garnishing is a very important part of finishing off a dish flavor wise. If you cook with herbs, they have a very important but different flavor, and when you put those fresh herbs back into the dish at the end, the cooked and fresh flavors meet and create a blend that is essential to rounding out the dish.
Koftas are meatballs with spices and onions that are most popular in Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is important to buy a fattier meat (whether it is lamb or beef) so they don’t get dried out in the oven. They will create a lot of liquid which is delicious and can be serve on top of rice, or dipped into with bread. I like to serve these with grilled bread and tachina but you can eat them on their own, with pasta, last minute into a tomato based soup, or with tomato sauce.
Shakshuka is my favorite breakfast! It is one of Israel’s most popular dishes and was inspired and brought over from North Africa. There are so many ways to make shakshuka, with all different kinds of fresh herbs, greens, cheeses…But here is my version of shakshuka and feel free to add feta, goat cheese or fresh mozzarella to the recipe when you add the eggs.
Salad with sweet potato fries, toasted corn, grilled spring onions and red wine Italian herb vinaigrette
This salad is so filling and can be a whole meal in itself. If you want it to be dinner by itself, feel free to add leftover noodles, chicken, cheese, fish, meat or tofu that you may have ‘lying around’.
Frittata is an Italian dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet. It is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner and reheats surprisingly well.