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Panzanella

Panzanella

What is it about the combination of bread and tomatoes that I like so much? I realised I have two recipes that use the combo already – bruschette and salmorejo – which surprised me: if pressed for an answer, I'd have said that my favourite cuisine is from somewhere in Asia, and nowhere near the Mediterranean.

Bizarrely, I think what makes panzanella so compellingly delicious is [...]

Israeli Stuffed Tomatoes & Courgettes

Israeli Stuffed Tomatoes & Courgettes

What country, at a guess, would you say has the highest percentage of vegans? I'll tell you. The answer is Israel, with a 5% vegan population. Most people I asked, including myself, were surprised by this answer.

I stumbled upon this fact in a rather roundabout fashion. My favourite Youtube channel, So You're Dating A Vegan, had influential Israeli food writer and critic Ori Shavit on their show, making an intriguing vegan version of Middle-Eastern favourite shakshuka. The video led me to Shavit's TED talk in which she outlines why [...]

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

Caramelised Vegetable Bruschette

My Mum came back from Italy recently. With lots of olive oil. And different types, too. Rather naively, it hadn’t occurred to me that, not only does olive oil vary in age and pressing – virgin, extra-virgin, etc –, but there are also many varieties of olive used which contribute to the oil's varying flavour profile. For example, Leccino olives are used to produce a mild, banana-y flavour while Coratina are used for intense, fruity, bitter notes.

I even found out that olive oil can be tasted like wine. Warm a small amount in a wine glass by cupping the bottom in one hand and covering the top with the other, give it a swirl [...]