Sharbat syrups are very popular drinks in Iran. Often made with distilled water of herbs or flowers, one of my favourites was made with mint syrup and fresh grated cucumber with a hint of vinegar, like a shrub. Of course, these are alcohol-free but add a slug of gin or vodka if you are so inclined. These drinks are often served at room temperature in Iran, but I prefer mine with a little ice.
Recipe Tag: mint
The little ‘ears’ of orecchiette are great for catching the pesto and peas in swirling little mouthfuls. At this time of the year there are plenty of zucchini to hand and usually peas in the freezer. The herbs I change to what is available and sometimes I like to toss in beans, spinach, rocket or even kernels of corn. Click here for the pistachio pesto recipe
In this simple and elegant barbecue meal, lamb and eggplant are dressed with Greek flavours. The type of lamb you choose will affect cooking times so adjust accordingly. If you have pescatarians to cater for, keep the eggplant and lamb separate and you could always spoon some warm lentils, tossed with olive and lemon, over the plain eggplant to boost the protein.
You need to use good feta for this recipe. I prefer a firm sheep’s milk feta similar to the style made in Greece.
Today Celia is working as a menu development manager for Air New Zealand, working with consultant chefs and developing menus.
These artichokes are delicious with toasted almonds, grissini, prosciutto and salami.