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SERVES 2 – 4
Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour
Published by Mitchell Beazley
In Feasts, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond (2014) and Sirocco: Fabulous Flavors from the East (2016), award-winning chef Sabrina Ghayour presents a delicious array of authentic Middle Eastern dishes inspired by the celebratory feasts of her childhood in Iran but tailored to how we live and cook today. This beautifully photographed book features recipes accessible to home cooks everywhere. Feasts is a sumptuous celebration of Persian food featuring more than 90 sophisticated yet approachable recipes for breakfast and brunch, weeknights, weekends, summer meals, vegetarian dishes, festive occasions, and comfort food. The author, who teaches cooking, is an expert on Middle Eastern food, and her voice is authoritative but friendly, making the recipes very accessible even to the most inexperienced cook. Chapter intros brim with passion for her homeland’s culinary delights, and her recipe methods are easy to follow. The author also provides suggestions for complete menus. From finger foods, mezze dishes, entrees, sides, desserts, and drinks, Feasts is a mouthwatering tour of Persian food for today’s home cook. Chapters and a sampling of recipes: Breakfast & Brunch: Goat cheese & filo pies, Cheddar & feta frittata with peppers, herbs & pul biber, Apple, cinnamon & raisin loaf with nigella honey butter Weekend Feasts: Pan-fried lamb steaks preserved lemon, cilantro & garlic, Pear & thyme tart, Mint tea mojito Quick-Fix Feasts: Spicy halloumi salad with tomatoes & fried bread, Harissa skirt steak sandwiches Roasted apricots with ricotta, honey & pistachio crunch, Raspberry, cardamom & vanilla yogurt fool Vegetarian Feasts: Carrot, orange, ginger & walnut dip, Roasted Portobello mushrooms with pine nuts & halloumi, Garlic, fenugreek & cumin flatbreads Summer Feasts: Butterflied leg of lamb with pomegranate salsa, Pomegranate, cucumber & pistachio yogurt, Peach, feta & mint salad Lighter Feasts: Yogurt & harissa marinated chicken, Smoked salmon with capers, olives & preserved lemons, Eggplant rolls with goat cheese, herbs & walnuts Special Occasions: Jumbo prawns with tomato, dill & fenugreek, Beer roasted pork shoulder with plum sauce, Saffron roast potatoes, Charred cauliflower steaks with tahini, harissa honey sauce & preserved lemons, Cherry, dark chocolate & mint parfait Comfort Food: Black garlic, tapenade, & feta rolls, Lamb kofta roll, Harissa-infused leg of lamb with fenugreek & lime, Freekeh, tomato & chickpea pilaf© 2018 Sabrina Ghayour / Mitchell Beazley · Reproduced with permission. · Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour. Published by Mitchell Beazley. £20.00. (www.octopusbooks.co.uk) Photography by Kris Kirkham.
To segment the orange, use a small, sharp knife to cut away the
top and bottom of the fruit. Rest the orange on the cut surface,
then slice away strips of peel and pith to expose the flesh all
around the orange. When peeled, slice out segments of orange
and discard the leftover skin.
You can use 1 of 2 methods to burn the orange segments: either
using a cook’s blowtorch – blacken the slices on both sides or,
alternatively, heat a frying pan on the highest heat available until
hot, brush a little oil on to the orange segments on both sides
and place them in the pan. Leave them to cook for 1 minute on
each side, or until starting to blacken.
Place the ball of burrata in the centre of a serving plate and
either leave it whole or (if you’re like me) pull it apart into rough
quarters (roughly scoring the top makes this easier to do).
Arrange the burnt orange segments on the plate and scatter
over the pomegranate seeds, pistachios, nigella seeds and
sumac. Drizzle generously with olive oil, season with salt and
pepper, scatter over the torn mint leaves and serve.