Watermelon, basil & rosewater granita

2 glasses of granita with cream

 

Market ingredient: basil
Difficulty: a little messy (although that’s perhaps just me) and you need 2 days
Deliciousness: Refreshing
Did The Beard like it? “It needs more rosewater”. But then again, he thinks life needs more rosewater.

Who doesn’t love a granita? A cheat’s alternative to a sorbet, all icey and delicious. I know I do. This recipe is adapted from a much-loved and highly utilised Stephanie Alexander (the other Stephanie) recipe, straight cookbook of biblical proportions, The Cook’s Companion.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Marinated Labne (yoghurt cheese)

spice-covered labne balls in plastic container

Market ingredient: Lush natural yoghurt
Difficulty: Really easy & super versatile
Deliciousness: Tangy
Did The Beard like it? “mmmm, perfect”

I thought I would do a little shout out to the Lebanese sour, yoghurty cheese so loved by The Beard. Pretty rare that I go all Nadia Comaneci-styles with Lebanese food, but The Beard seemed to really enjoy this one. Since dating the guy, I have grown to love this stuff. With a ricotta-like consistency and a delicious tartness, this is the perfect addition to a middle eastern mezze. Scoop it up with fresh Lebanese bread. It’s actually perfect plain and spread on toast as well.

Continue reading