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    A lovely low-GI salad which is full of flavour. You can use whatever quantities you like, but make sure that the tomatoes are at room temperature (I warmed mine slightly in the microwave to take the refrigerator chill off them). My current batch of yoghurt is a little bit sourer than I like, so I have added fructose to the dressing - feel free to reduce the amount, substitute sugar, or omit it entirely.

    Recipe #257086

    Delicious salad dressing. You can ring the changes by changing the herbs, or by adding fresh herbs instead of dried. And you don't need to measure anything precisely. Note that I have included fructose because my current batch of yoghurt is a bit sourer than I like - feel free reduce the amount, or to substitute sugar, or to omit it entirely.

    Recipe #257054

    I have always known this sauce as butterscotch sauce, but I suppose that toffee sauce would be an equally good name. It is ideal served over ice cream and sliced banana, and is very popular with children - especially when you boil the sauce for a bit too long, and it turns to toffee when you pour it on the cold ice cream! It is a very sweet sauce, so you may not need too much of it. I have suggested that the quantity in the recipe serves 4 to 8, but really it depends on how much you serve out, and how sweet a tooth you have. It's easy to scale up or down - you just use equal weights of the three ingredients. If you use light brown sugar, you get a lighter-flavoured sauce, with a more predominant butter flavour, which I think is better than the sauce you get with dark brown sugar. Variations - If you like, you can add cinnamon, ginger or vanilla to the mixture. But the taste of the sauce tends to overwhelm additional flavourings, so I no longer bother to experiment.

    Recipe #252809

    2 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A healthy, satisfying breakfast dish, which is ready in minutes and will keep hunger pangs at bay for hours. Depending on the fruit you use, the porridge will end up a strange purply-pink colour, but don't let that put you off - it will taste great!

    Recipe #229971

    5 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    Delicious and decadent, in a healthy sort of way! This lovely dessert looks beautiful in a crystal or glass serving dish, when the different layers look very striking. The quantities here serve four (in a dish measuring about 4.75" or 12 cm in diameter, filled to a depth of about 1.75" or 4.5cm), but the recipe multiplies very well. Indeed, it started life as a recipe for 8-10, but I scaled it down! The recipe is very quick and easy to prepare (the cooking time shown includes 3 hours chilling) and the quantities are quite flexible, according to taste, availability and size of serving dish. I used "no soak" dried apricots; if your apricots are very dry (the sort which you can't eat straight from the packet), add a little more water in Step 2 and simmer for longer (until the fruit is tender) before continuing with the recipe. Created for Ready Set Cook #9 (2007), to use the following five ingredients: dried apricots, fresh oranges, Grand Marnier, brown sugar and cinnamon.

    Recipe #211498

    1 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A quick lunch for those days when you're short of time but simply can't face plain old cheese on toast yet again! Please note that all the quantities are approximate, and depend on the size of your slice of bread.

    Recipe #188549

    This isn't exactly an authentic recipe, but what's a girl to do when there's not much in the larder and people are clamouring for their dinner?! I bought a jar of tom yum paste, and was desperate to try it out. I know it's meant to be used for soup, but we didn't fancy soup at the time, so it it became the guest of honour in a tuna casserole sort of thing. And very nice it was, too! Serve this Tom Yum Tuna stirred through rice or noodles - and if there are any leftovers, you can always dilute them with vegetable stock and make soup :-)

    Recipe #188508

    4 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    Simit is a ring-shaped unleavened bread, which is a popular street food in Turkey. The recipe comes from "The Country Kitchen" by Jocasta Innes, but I use butter instead of the recommended margarine, and sometimes substitute poppy seeds for the recommended sesame seeds.

    Recipe #187801

    1 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A Middle Eastern dip or salad, made from aubergines/eggplant and tahini, deliciously garlicky and sublimely fresh with mint and lemon. Serve with pitta bread and salad as part of a mezze table, or pack in a leakproof pot and eat with breadsticks and strips of raw red pepper for a great picnic dish. There are many good recipes for babaganoush, but I especially like this one which comes from "Diva Cooking" by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Jennifer Joyce. As with most traditional dishes of this type, feel free to ring the changes with the herbs and quantities.

    Recipe #187214

    One of my husband's favourite dishes. Although this sandwich is very popular with meat-eaters, the recipe idea originally came from a great UK vegetarian magazine called "Today's Vegetarian", which unfortunately folded after only a few issues. Adjust the exact proportions of the filling ingredients according to your personal taste - but it really is worth trying all of these together, because the combination is magical. Note that the length of the baguette determines the amount of ingredients needed, so you may need to reduce the quantities from those given. (You don't want to over-stuff the sandwiches, as they will then be impossible to eat, but you don't want them to be skimpy either.) You can cook the sandwich in the oven or on the barbecue. Watch out when you're eating it, because the filling goes magnificently squishy. And it's worth noting that you won't have to worry about vampires after eating one of these - they'll be able to smell the garlic from miles away!

    Recipe #187200

    2 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    This is an extremely unusual cake recipe, which is slightly gritty in texture. It has no flour or nuts, but is based on chickpeas (garbanzo beans). I think it is best served as a dessert, with a small dollop of crème fraîche or soured cream on the side. If you use fructose instead of sugar, it makes an excellent occasional treat if you are watching your glycaemic/glycemic load! In fact, this recipe grew from a discussion on a web site devoted to that type of diet. I am posting it here for its novelty value, not because I think it's one of the world's greatest cakes! :-)

    Recipe #187090

    1 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    The easiest ever side dish! Goes beautifully with all Middle Eastern meals, barbecues, plain grilled chicken and quite a lot of other recipes. Great as an accompaniment to salads. And so easy, it's ready in a flash!

    Recipe #186871

    1 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A creamy milk jelly, which is basically a fragrant blancmange, from the Middle East. The recipe is adapted from one in a Claudia Roden book. I made it with orange blossom water and pistachios, with about 3/4 cup sugar, and it was lovely - even my dessert-resistant husband loved it, and it's a good way of getting more calcium into children! Next time, however, I will reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup. Note that 2 hours of the preparation time are chill time - it only takes 15 minutes to make the dish. Posted for the North African and Middle Eastern Tag game :-)

    Recipe #186404

    1 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A quick, simple and nutritious main-course salad. The dressing is made with a mixture of mayonnaise and yoghurt, so isn't as unhealthy as some! Having said that, there is quite a lot of sauce with the proportions given, so you may want to cut back on the quantities of both mayonnaise and yoghurt. By the way, I boil the potatoes in their skins, then remove only the loose bits of skin when I am mixing the salad. You can, of course, add whatever else you like to the salad, but this basic recipe is very satisfying and delicious in an uncomplicated sort of way :-)

    Recipe #186306

    6 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A very tasty and nutritious vegetarian meal, even though it is not very colourful. Use any green or brown lentil that holds its shape when cooked (i.e. not the red split lentils, which cook to a mush). Please note that the "pint" I mention is a British pint of 20 fl oz. This recipe comes from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of joining the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game.

    Recipe #186093

    2 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    Wow! What can I say? Some of us love them, and others aren't so sure! Personally, I love them - in fact, I find them very hard to resist. They make a refreshingly different accompaniment to cheese or cold meat. By the way, I have used fructose in place of the sugar, with no noticeable difference in the end result. And most recently, I used a vanilla pod instead of the cinnamon stick, squeezing the seeds into the liquid before adding it to the grapes. The original recipe came from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery", but I have doubled the quantity of spices because I like it that way - please half the cinnamon and cloves if you think you would prefer a milder version. Posted in the hope of joining the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game :-)

    Recipe #186092

    4 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    According to David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery", this easy salad is from Egypt, and is often served with the bean salad, "ful medames". I love it - it is fresh and summery, and delicious on a hot day. Feel free to reduce, or even omit, the onion if you don't like to eat it raw - the recipe still works well without it. Posted in the hope of joining the North African and Middle Eastern Tag game :-)

    Recipe #186090

    2 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A lovely, nourishing soup from Morocco. There are many variations; this very tasty (and interesting one) comes from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of joing the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game :-) Please note that the "pint" I mention is a British pint of 20 fl oz.

    Recipe #186089

    6 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    A very pleasant and rather unusual infusion of spices. I couldn't find any anise seeds, so I used fennel seeds instead, and it tasted lovely. The recipe is modified from David Scott's "Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookery". Posted in the hope of entering the North African and Middle Eastern Zaar Tag game :-)

    Recipe #186087

    4 Reviews |  By Syrinx

    I can't believe that this student staple isn't on Zaar somewhere, but I certainly can't find it anywhere! This is my slightly more grown-up adaptation of the old store-cupboard standby where you take a can of tuna, a can of sweetcorn and a can of condensed mushroom soup. You can serve it with rice, or pasta, or toast, or baked potatoes...

    Recipe #185986

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