Simply – Sabrina Ghayour – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter to win our giveaway for 3 copies (US) and 1 copy (worldwide provided by Eat Your Books) of Simply: Easy Everyday Dishes from the Bestselling Author of Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour.

Simply: Easy Everyday Dishes from the Bestselling Author of Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour was released in the UK in August and has landed in the US this month with a new cover.

This is a new collection of unmissable dishes influenced by the author’s love of flavour. This book is full of delicious food that can be enjoyed with a minimum of fuss. With sections ranging from Effortless Eating to Traditions With a Twist, Simply provides over 100 bold and exciting recipes that can be enjoyed every day of the week.

I have over a dozen recipes marked to make including the Sticky harissa, sesame and pistachio chicken, Chicken and apricot pastries, and Spiced beef pancakes. As with all of Sabrina’s books, this title is beautifully photographed and filled with approachable dishes that any level of cook can accomplish easily.

Cauliflower & cumin soup
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Serves 3 to 4

The first time I tried cauliflower soup, no exaggeration, I was head over heels in love with it. I cannot understand why it isn’t more popular. Despite cauliflower’s delicate nature when cooked, it can handle bold spices extremely well, and cumin is really one of the best pairings with it. Soups needn’t be a humble affair. They can be rich and decadent as well as comforting, and not just an opening act but very much the star of the show. This example, while simple in terms of ingredients, is a warming wonder of a soup.

  • 1 heaped tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground (see Tip)
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into coarse chunks
  • 1 large cauliflower, with outer leaves, cut into coarse chunks
  • 1½ quarts boiling water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, drizzle in a little olive oil, and add the onion and cauliflower along with the ground cumin. Season well with salt and pepper, stir, then pour in the boiling water. Cover the pan with a lid and let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is cooked through. Remove from the heat.

Using a hand-held stick blender, blend to a smooth consistency, adding more water if necessary. Pour in the cream and stir well, then check and adjust the seasoning. Return the soup to the heat and warm through, then serve immediately with bread and garnished with a drizzle of olive oil.

Simply delicious with…Curry-spiced Parmesan Toast (see page 19) or Cilantro & Feta Spiced Loaf (see page 235).

TIP: To toast spices, heat a dry skillet over medium heat, and add the spices. Shake the pan for a minute or so until the spices release their aroma. Transfer the toasted seeds to a mortar and pestle and grind to a coarse powder.

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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198 Comments

  • southerncooker  on  October 28, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  October 28, 2020

    Pomegranate shallots

  • matag  on  October 28, 2020

    Spiced lamb, date, pine nut & feta melts

  • icicle  on  October 28, 2020

    Tahdig e makaroni sounds like an interesting take on spaghetti

  • katenolan  on  October 28, 2020

    I’ve got some Rancho Gordo lima beans that would be perfect in the slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic.

  • kaivulagi  on  October 28, 2020

    Beetroot & feta lattice

  • pokarekare  on  October 28, 2020

    Since I have some cauliflower in the fridge I think I will try that soup today!

  • LLenhoff  on  October 28, 2020

    beetroot! Always need more beet recipes!

  • roxlet  on  October 28, 2020

    Pomegranate shallots or anything with pomegranates!

  • ravensfan  on  October 28, 2020

    Lamb & mint kofte

  • winnie212  on  October 28, 2020

    Cannellini bean mash with preserved lemon & tahini – Been eyeing this book since I read about it in a recent visit to the UK. Was going to buy it there until I saw it was coming here!

  • Dendav  on  October 28, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • akrupnick  on  October 28, 2020

    Green chicken

  • moralla  on  October 28, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • MarciK  on  October 28, 2020

    Lazy beef & caramelized onion pide

  • Sanyo12  on  October 28, 2020

    Slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic

  • Sanyo12  on  October 28, 2020

    Slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic

  • priyamaine  on  October 28, 2020

    the cauliflower soup!

  • Roosta  on  October 28, 2020

    Curry-spiced Parmesan toasts

  • Nidhib  on  October 28, 2020

    Curry spiced Parmesan toasts! YUM

  • Jellyfish  on  October 28, 2020

    strawberry, soft goats cheese and pistachio salad

  • stephcoelho  on  October 29, 2020

    roasted walnut and tahini ice cream! A great excuse to break out the ice cream maker

  • readingtragic  on  October 29, 2020

    The spiced pork wraps with green apple salsa sound like a dinner I could get behind

  • wester  on  October 29, 2020

    Green-yogurt-dressed baby gem lettuce with burnt hazelnuts. Sounds totally delicious.

  • michalow  on  October 29, 2020

    Sticky peach & halloumi skewers!

  • charliemiller  on  October 29, 2020

    Smoky beef, potato & pea pan-fry with eggs & yogurt – sounds like the prefect midweek family supper

  • Sbst  on  October 29, 2020

    Butternut borani

  • Plumbobmummy  on  October 29, 2020

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • lean1  on  October 29, 2020

    Green chicken

  • sarahawker  on  October 29, 2020

    Harissa kofta lettuce cups with preserved lemon yogurt

  • agreaves19  on  October 29, 2020

    Green chicken

  • Kerreydp  on  October 29, 2020

    The Sticky harissa, sesame and pistachio chicken sounds delicious!

  • swankysweetpotato  on  October 29, 2020

    the crispy prawns with mango & tomato dip

  • lene  on  October 29, 2020

    Carrot and tamarind soup

  • LarissaPrusak  on  October 29, 2020

    I would make the cauliflower soup

  • jr0717  on  October 29, 2020

    The Thyme & za’atar & roasted tomatoes with strained yogurt balls sound great!

  • maci234  on  October 29, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • DFarnham  on  October 29, 2020

    Pot roasted brisket with harissa:-) yum

  • janv  on  October 29, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  October 29, 2020

    Slow cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes and garlic

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  October 29, 2020

    Baked sweet potato, za’atar & garlic chips

  • dbranigan27  on  October 29, 2020

    I would try the Smoky beef, potato & pea pan-fry with eggs & yogurt.

  • miggsy  on  October 29, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • LaurenElla  on  October 30, 2020

    The black rice salad…I’ve had a jar of organic black rice sitting in my pantry for 3 months and have never found a “reason” to use it- it’s one of those “special” ingredients that seems like it should be saved for a really worth recipe. Well, BINGO!!

  • vickster  on  October 30, 2020

    Tumeric chicken kabobs

  • sonyarr  on  October 30, 2020

    Yogurt and spice roasted salmon

  • bopper  on  October 30, 2020

    Green Chicken

  • chezlarios  on  October 30, 2020

    Spiced carrot and tamarind soup

  • DarcyVaughn  on  October 30, 2020

    Roasted parsnips with tahini yogurt sauce, herb oil & pomegranate seeds

  • jules56  on  October 30, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • Natlovesgib  on  October 30, 2020

    Pot-roasted brisket with harissa & spices

  • BMeyer  on  October 31, 2020

    anything pomegranate

  • riley  on  October 31, 2020

    Date and ginger chicken wings

  • vhfvhf  on  October 31, 2020

    Mozzarella, olive & za’atar pizzettes

  • sgreiff  on  October 31, 2020

    Cauliflower & cumin soup

  • ceejayen  on  October 31, 2020

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • maisietoo  on  November 1, 2020

    Beetroot & feta lattice

  • Dhasenkampf  on  November 1, 2020

    Spiced pork stew

  • michelle666  on  November 2, 2020

    Lamb and mint kofte

  • hbakke  on  November 2, 2020

    Sticky harissa, sesame & pistachio chicken

  • maggz1967  on  November 2, 2020

    Beetroot and feta lattice

  • JuanP  on  November 2, 2020

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • quebecky  on  November 2, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • kitchen_chick  on  November 2, 2020

    Sea bream with spiced green olive & shallot butter

  • thecharlah  on  November 2, 2020

    Butternut borani

  • RuthHarwood  on  November 3, 2020

    Lamb & mint kofte

  • linmulholland  on  November 3, 2020

    White chocolate, raspberry & pistachio tiramisu !

  • Breeze81  on  November 3, 2020

    Slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic

  • LaurenE  on  November 3, 2020

    Tahdig e makaroni

  • Siegal  on  November 3, 2020

    Tomato garlic recipe

  • FJT  on  November 3, 2020

    Turmeric, orange and coconut rice pudding.

  • NannieStearn  on  November 4, 2020

    This looks an amazing cookbook. I have one of Sabrinas books and I use it really a lot. I would love love to win her new cookbook Simply. I hope I am lucky enough to receive 1 of the 4 books up for grabs.

  • NannieStearn  on  November 4, 2020

    Pistachio, lemon & rosemary cake.

  • mpdeb98  on  November 4, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • rchesser  on  November 4, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup.

  • puddiemum  on  November 4, 2020

    Date and Ginger Chicken Wings

  • valparchment  on  November 5, 2020

    Would love to try your Charred courgettes with lemon, oregano & pul biber.

  • MelW66  on  November 5, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • Emmydee  on  November 6, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup. Sounds delicious!

  • eyupitsjohn  on  November 6, 2020

    Not usually a fan of these but ‘firecracker prawns’ sound incredible.

  • Lruge  on  November 6, 2020

    green chicken

  • debbiehb  on  November 6, 2020

    Green bean salad with tahini, preserved lemon & pine nuts

  • Shelley.b  on  November 6, 2020

    Green chicken

  • t.t  on  November 6, 2020

    Tepsi kebap

  • Dannausc  on  November 7, 2020

    Green chicken

  • Katti  on  November 7, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • KZahnow  on  November 7, 2020

    yogurt and spice-roasted salmon

  • Ingridemery  on  November 7, 2020

    Green Bean Salad with Preserved Lemon, Tahini and Pine Nuts

  • ImCookingIt  on  November 8, 2020

    Carrot, pistachio & dill salad with lime & honey dressing

  • CC22003  on  November 8, 2020

    Cannellini Bean Math with Preserved Lemon and Tahini.

  • RickPearson54  on  November 9, 2020

    green chicken

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  November 9, 2020

    I love Sabrina’s recipes. I’d have to start right at the beginning with the thyme & za’atar & roasted tomatoes with strained yogurt balls.

  • gilmonster  on  November 11, 2020

    cauliflower and cumin soup

  • calguire  on  November 12, 2020

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  November 12, 2020

    the date & ginger chicken wings found on page 20 sound interesting

  • JenThomas318  on  November 12, 2020

    Sticky peach & halloumi skewers

  • HomespunHouse  on  November 13, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • Rosscoe  on  November 13, 2020

    Harissa & lime chicken wings.

  • KAngelika  on  November 13, 2020

    I would try the pistachio lemon rosemary cake! Meantime I will try the cauliflower soup. Yum,

  • Sameera312  on  November 13, 2020

    Chicken and apricot pastries

  • JessHeilman  on  November 14, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup.

  • LeMinou  on  November 14, 2020

    Pomegranate shallots

  • Bellafoot  on  November 15, 2020

    Fennel salad with spinach, cashew and coriander seed dressing

  • KAngelika  on  November 15, 2020

    Tried this Cauliflower soup: outstanding!

  • RSW  on  November 16, 2020

    Date & ginger chicken wings

  • Shelmar  on  November 16, 2020

    Spiced Carrot and Tamarind Soup

  • nvernon  on  November 19, 2020

    Cucumber, green apple & nigella salad with feta & dill

  • kmn4  on  November 20, 2020

    Tepsi kebap

  • tapeitzman  on  November 21, 2020

    Courgette and oregano pancakes with feta and honey

  • rubytue  on  November 22, 2020

    Spiced pork wraps with green apple salsa

  • Laura1  on  November 23, 2020

    Slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic

  • Emmydee  on  November 23, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • centraljersey  on  November 23, 2020

    Spicy carrot and tamarind soup sounds interesting

  • sequoia55  on  November 24, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • foodie16  on  November 24, 2020

    Tahchin. I have only ever made this with chicken breast meat. Thigh meat is dark, so would give this dish a different look, I’m interested to try it.

  • Pizzacat13  on  November 24, 2020

    Peanut & Tomato salad with Tamarind, Ginger, Honey Dressing….amazing flavour combos.

  • Pizzacat13  on  November 24, 2020

    Peanut & Tomato salad with Tamarind, Ginger & Honey Dressing- amazing flavour combinations!

  • davisesq212  on  November 24, 2020

    I would try Lamb, cumin, coriander & chilli kebabs first.

  • bookmark77  on  November 26, 2020

    Curry spiced Parmesan toasts

  • bookmark58  on  November 27, 2020

    Lamb & mint kofte

  • Mayandbill  on  November 27, 2020

    Pot roasted brisket with harissa and spices

  • AlexisM  on  November 28, 2020

    I would make Pomegrate molasses meatballs. Sounds absolutely delicious!

  • ruthdenton  on  November 29, 2020

    slow cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes & garlic

  • silversand  on  November 29, 2020

    Harissa kofta lettuce cups with preserved lemon yogurt

  • ChicagoJen  on  November 29, 2020

    Pomegranate shallots

  • Maefleur  on  November 30, 2020

    Green Chicken

  • lpatterson412  on  December 2, 2020

    Tomato and Garlic Rice

  • JSlam  on  December 3, 2020

    Yogurt & spice roasted salmon

  • Steben  on  December 5, 2020

    Pomegranate shallots

  • Ishtar  on  December 6, 2020

    Spiced lamb, date, pine nut & feta melts

  • Bake4one  on  December 9, 2020

    Spring onion salad

  • erinsuzanne  on  December 10, 2020

    Chorizo, goat cheese, and cumin borek

  • KZahnow  on  December 11, 2020

    Ultimate Falafels

  • oreganoca  on  December 12, 2020

    Green Chicken

  • hillsboroks  on  December 12, 2020

    Spiced Carrot and Tamarind Soup

  • EmilyR  on  December 14, 2020

    Curry spiced Parmesan toasts

  • NaomiH  on  December 14, 2020

    Date & ginger chicken wings

  • FuzzyChef  on  December 16, 2020

    We have a copy of Persiana and Gaynor’s recipes have been delightful. Really interested in this book. Right now, the recipe for Cucumber, Apple and Nigella salad would be welcome because we still have an excess of apples.

  • klrclark  on  December 16, 2020

    butternut borani

  • TrishaCP  on  December 16, 2020

    Spice roasted salmon

  • Mariarosa  on  December 18, 2020

    Green bean salad with tahini, preserved lemon & pine nuts

  • Alisonann  on  December 22, 2020

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • v.t  on  December 22, 2020

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • choppergirl  on  December 24, 2020

    Green Chicken

  • LEKcookbooks  on  December 24, 2020

    Oh, the ingredients for Albaloo polow look very interesting! Morello cherries and minced lamb is a combo I wouldn’t have thought of.

  • debra24  on  December 25, 2020

    Spiced lamb

  • Karla123  on  December 26, 2020

    Pear, chickpea & green leaf salad with maple harissa dressing

  • PatBarrett  on  December 26, 2020

    The curry spiced Parmesan toasts sounds great!

  • Isis1981uk  on  December 27, 2020

    Date & ginger chicken wings

  • DimensionAEB  on  December 28, 2020

    The carrot and tamarind soup.

  • zeenie  on  December 28, 2020

    Mozzarella, olive & za’atar pizzettes

  • theresacoo  on  December 28, 2020

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • sheridarby  on  December 28, 2020

    Lamb & mint kofte

  • fionajk42  on  December 28, 2020

    Green bean salad with tahini, preserved lemon & pine nuts

  • andyszym  on  December 28, 2020

    Fish, okra & tamarind stew

  • angiemac18  on  December 29, 2020

    the cauliflower soup sounds lovely

  • jrhymer  on  December 29, 2020

    Lazy beef & caramelized onion pide sounds lovely! x

  • snoopyone1986  on  December 29, 2020

    Lamb and mint Kofte

  • Kellyroxannesmith  on  December 30, 2020

    The cauliflower and cumin soup sounds delicious thanks

  • Noynoy  on  December 30, 2020

    Cauliflower soup sounds really great.

  • Poppyjoey  on  December 30, 2020

    Green chicken sounds great

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  December 30, 2020

    Cauliflower and Cumin Soup

  • Robinson1  on  December 30, 2020

    Cauliflower & Cumin Soup

  • janinex  on  December 30, 2020

    Harissa chicken noodle lettuce cups

  • paisleymonsoon  on  December 31, 2020

    Tahdig e makaroni

  • shellee  on  January 3, 2021

    Charred courgettes with lemon, oregano & pul biber

  • beckwalks  on  January 4, 2021

    pomegranate shallots

  • pixelwife  on  January 4, 2021

    Spiced turmeric mashed potatoes with coriander

  • Sheepyw  on  January 6, 2021

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • laurencooks  on  January 7, 2021

    Cilantro & Feta Spiced Loaf

  • luccio  on  January 8, 2021

    Slow-cooked butter beans with oregano, tomatoes, & garlic : yum!

  • mga  on  January 8, 2021

    Yogurt and spice roasted salmon

  • Egrow  on  January 8, 2021

    Tomato and garlic rice. Sounds delicious!!!

  • banba1  on  January 8, 2021

    Curry-spiced Parmesan toasts

  • Alexandria2  on  January 8, 2021

    wow would love your book Simply by Sabrina Ghayour cant wait to try Curry-spiced Parmesan Toast and many other recipes ! happy new year !!

  • readingtragic  on  January 8, 2021

    I have a friend who raves about Persiana, so very excited – Spiced Beef Pancakes, here we come!

  • shaz4  on  January 9, 2021

    Pistachio lemon and rosemary cake

  • JulieQC  on  January 9, 2021

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs for sure

  • chasteph  on  January 9, 2021

    Spiced carrot and tamarind soup.

  • Gup  on  January 9, 2021

    Cauliflower & Cumin Soup sounds awesome!!

  • Laura1419  on  January 9, 2021

    I would like to try the thyme zaatar roasted tomatoes first.

  • shahedc  on  January 10, 2021

    Pomegranate molasses & honey-glazed meatballs

  • JEWGAL777  on  January 10, 2021

    Mozzarella, olive & za’atar pizzettes.

  • aesop57  on  January 10, 2021

    Turmeric chicken kebabs

  • yoeydavis  on  January 10, 2021

    The Lamb and Mint Kofte

  • GillB  on  January 10, 2021

    Green chicken

  • MrRichTea  on  January 10, 2021

    Pistachio, lemon & rosemary cake.

  • ljsimmons  on  January 10, 2021

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • Lazorbunny  on  January 11, 2021

    Firecracker prawns!

  • sammii04  on  January 11, 2021

    The Butternut borani sounds delicious!

  • Dessallara  on  January 13, 2021

    Curry-spiced Parmesan toasts sounds lovely 🙂

  • Bigmac86  on  January 14, 2021

    Spiced lamb, date, pine nut & feta melts

  • orchidlady01  on  January 15, 2021

    Baked sweet potato, za’atar & garlic chips

  • portkey  on  January 15, 2021

    Cauliflower and cumin soup

  • chimpbob  on  January 15, 2021

    Lamb and Mint Kofte

  • Munchkinnerd3  on  January 15, 2021

    Marinated steak with labneh, pul biber butter & crispy onions

  • GeorgeWW  on  January 16, 2021

    Baked sweet potato, za’atar & garlic chips

  • Warchild26  on  January 18, 2021

    Firecracker prawns

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