Saturday, December 27, 2014

Very easy carrot and cream cheese pâté

So Christmas rolls into New Year, and the socialising and merry-making continues. I found this quick carrot pâté/ spread/ dip useful over the Christmas period, and if you want to offer a healthier alternative to your guests over the next few days, you might too. It only takes 15 minutes to make, from ingredients that you might well have in your fridge or cupboard anyway. It can be served with crudités for a blast of goodness, or spread on bread, toast or crispbreads. It's full of healthy vegetables, but you'd hardly know they're there.

Monday, December 8, 2014

On Persian food

Until recently I'd barely eaten any Iranian food - or Persian, if you are of a more historical bent. It's definitely a cuisine on the up in London. There are increasing numbers of Iranian restaurants in West London to new street food purveyors and supper clubs.

I learned a lot at an event run by Iran Heritage Foundation last week, which put the latest trends in a historical perspective.

Saffron rice cakes
Saffron rice cakes   Photo: Adedotun Adesanya, Gitane