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My philosophy about food is straightforward – it should be delicious and easy to prepare. I don’t claim that the recipes here are the “definitive” versions of dishes; they are “typical” versions that I enjoy cooking and work for me. Oh… and cooking should be fun, shouldn’t it?

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January’s Featured Recipes

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During January I’ll be featuring 5 dishes from Tunisia. Tunisian cuisine is a fusion of both Mediterranean and desert dwellers’ cooking. Like all Mediterranean countries, Tunisia offers a cuisine based mainly on olive oil, spices, tomatoes, seafood and meat (primarily lamb). Unlike other North African cuisines many of its dishes have a distinctive spicy fieriness.

Harissa is a popular condiment and ingredient which is used extensively in Tunisian cooking. It is used either as a mix of spices or a paste containing the same spices. I’ll be using harissa in some of the recipes and you can often find it supermarkets.

Tunisian Lamb Ragout with LemonOn Tunisia’s coast you’ll find many dishes that include fresh seafood. In the southern Sahara region menus often feature Berber specialties, often rustic-style wholesome stews. Roast chicken and baked lamb dishes are popular throughout the country, as are dishes featuring couscous. Salads form an integral part of the diet year-round and are simple and lightly dressed.

In Tunisia you’ll find many Arabic sweets and cakes to choose from, usually filled with nuts and drenched in honey or syrup. Take a look at my recipes for Kaber El Louz and Takoua; both are perfect accompaniments to a good strong cup of coffee. There are also plenty of French pastries available and both croissants and pains au chocolat are commonplace.

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Previous Month’s Featured Recipes

December 2014

Last month I pulled out some old favourites for Christmas. Check out my recipe for traditional and deep-filled mince pies and a recipe for some 3-dimensional gingerbread decorations.

November 2014

Spain_120-animated-flag-gifsNovember was TAPAS MONTH and I presented 8 very simple tapas recipes. That should be enough to get your party started! My particular favourites include the Paprika-Spiced Almonds (so simple and so moorish!) and the utterly delicious Chicken with Lemon and Garlic. Browse the other tapas recipes by clicking here.

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