This month's Kitchen Trotter box has arrived and it will be whisking us off to the land of the pyramids, the sphinx and the pharoahs - in other words, Egypt. I tried to think of traditional Egyptian recipes and ingredients and came up with a big fat zilch - time to see what delights are hidden in the kit !
The first thing I pulled out was a box of date paste (which actually comes from Algeria, but never mind !)
On the left, split fava beans and on the right, Egyptian-style grilled chick peas.
I also found Dukkah, a mixture of crushed walnuts and spices; Molokheya, the powdered form of a spinach-like plant; Taamia spices; dried hibiscus flowers; and, this month's gadget, a Nakache pastry crimper.
Hmmm, I'm intrigued to see what I'll be cooking up with this little lot. Time to investigate !
For the starter, Taamias (Egyptian falafel) and Aishe Batte & Dukkah Bread
The main course is Chicken with Egyptian Molokheya
Kahk (Egyptian Shortbread) for dessert
And to help wash it all down, Karkadeh, made with hibiscus flowers.
I was expecting classic Middle Eastern flavours so I was really pleased to see that I don't recognise any of the ingredients or recipes in this month's box - just the way I like it !