I had a minty lemonade when I was travelling in the Middle East. I wanted to try and immitate it. It cools you down on a hot summer day! Adjust the amount of mint to taste.
This is a heavenly roasted aubergine dip which originates from Lebanon. Delicious served with pitta, vegetables and houmous as part of a meze platter, or - of course - on it's own!
Asian ingredients give these barbecued chops loads of flavour. They can also be put in the oven and grilled.
The sweetness of barbecued vegetables is balanced by a tart tomato sauce, which mixes perfectly with simple couscous. A lovely light summer meal that is sure to get you to your five a day.
This version of the delicious, creamy Middle Eastern dip uses yoghurt and is delightful with raw vegetables or toasted pitta triangles. It is much lower in fat than classic houmous.
Popular throughout the Middle East, this thick and chunky Arab omelette is served flat, not rolled or folded, and is more like a cake. It is packed with vegetables and chickpeas, and is equally delicious hot or cold – ideal for a picnic. Serve with a simple tomato and red onion salad, and garlic flat bread.
Couscous makes a brilliant base for a quick salad, as it only needs a brief soaking in hot stock (or water). Here it is combined with chickpeas, dates, oranges and pistachios for a Middle Eastern-style vegetarian dish.
Homemade hummus only takes a few moments to whizz together and makes a perfect light lunch, served simply with pitta. But for a balanced meal, turn it into this more substantial salad with the addition of crisp salad vegetables.
That old-fashioned chicken salad has adopted a new-fashioned Oriental accent. Grilled chicken is tossed with a healthy mix of oranges, spring onions, mangetout and lychees and is then crowned with a drizzle of smooth peanut dressing.
This tabbouleh recipe is different. Instead of using bulgur like traditional tabbouleh, this recipe uses quinoa. It is a grain that is available at health shops. It looks and tastes better than bulgur. My husband and I both love this and neither of us is vegetarian. It's a great meal for a hot summer day. The longer it sits the better it tastes.