Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

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  • lean1 on December 24, 2018

    I made the Spiced Cherry tomato sauce on p 187. I used multi colored tomatoes and some smoked paprika and it was amazing, and so simple! I used it on toasted bread and it was perfect!

  • eliza on September 19, 2018

    My U.K. version of the book arrived today and has a handy code in the back that you can use to register online, giving you access to all the recipes in the book. I think this will be useful to browse recipes while grocery shopping or away from home. It also gives lists of recipes for specific dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free etc. A very nice bonus to have.

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  • Baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa

    • jaelsne on November 25, 2018

      I enjoyed this dish, but did not find it as flavorful as I had hoped. The rice preparation was certainly easy, and the rice came out perfectly done. I followed the recipe to the letter, but next time I’ll play with the salsa ingredients a little.

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      This is a super easy method to prepare rice. I loved the combination of ingredients. Perfect with slow roasted lamb shoulder as part of a middle eastern feast.

    • CallmeIshbel on October 26, 2018

      Easy to prepare ahead, lovely subtle mint flavour infused in the rice. Salsa would go well as a side dish or with other grains and legumes

    • Rutikazooty on January 06, 2020

      My husband made for a block party. Had half the mint (we were low) and pecans instead of walnuts plus added some fresh tarragon. Everyone gave compliments but I thought it was not so special as to make a second time. I agree with previous comment that not as flavorful as one would hope.

  • Beef meatballs with lemon and celeriac

    • jaelsne on October 19, 2018

      I had been very excited about trying this recipe. I followed it to the letter, but I was disappointed with the result. The quantity of bread crumbs overwhelmed the meatballs and made them somewhat crumbly. I will make it again using fewer bread crumbs. I love celery root, and the spicing was interesting.

    • bwhip on October 19, 2018

      We made this tonight and we really loved it. The meatballs were excellent, and the celery root was delicious and cooked perfectly. The broth had a perfect combination of flavors, with brightness from the lemon and a really interesting blend of spices. The dish was remarkably flavorful for something that came together pretty quickly.

    • Lsblackburn1 on November 17, 2019

      Loved this! Served it over couscous and topped it with some leftover lebheh we had.

    • katy1729 on September 05, 2019

      1st Sept 2019. Made this with vegan (soya) mince. At first I thought it would be a disaster as the uncooked meatball mixture would not stick together, but I cooked it for a bit in a sauté pan and it got more sticky, so I was able to form the meatballs once the mixture had cooled a bit. The spiced celeriac and lemon mixture was more interesting than I had anticipated, but it wasn't a complete winner for us.

  • Bulgur with tomato, aubergine and lemon yoghurt

    • Jane on November 03, 2018

      I really liked this. It’s not a quick meal but not complicated at all. I thought when tasting the bulghur that the allspice dominated too much but with the other elements it was good. The preserved lemon and mint yogurt really makes the dish. I didn’t salt the yogurt as preserved lemon is already salty. If serving this as a vegetarian main course I would make 50% more eggplant.

    • kitchen_chick on September 01, 2019

      Lovely dish. Easy prep. I used tomatoes I had canned rather than cherry tomatoes and they worked just fine. I agree with making more eggplant.

    • bwhip on October 22, 2018

      We enjoyed this very much. Unusual and delicious. Easy prep.

    • JJ2018 on September 19, 2019

      This was pleasant enough but there wasn’t enough too it to make me want to repeat. I do think I will try cooking bulgur wheat in this way again though

    • StephEpices on August 10, 2019

      Perfect for a mezze spread! I have made it with and without the eggplant and I prefer it with if it's part of a more substantial meal and not just apps.

  • Avocado butter on toast with tomato salsa

    • Jane on September 14, 2018

      Not as simple as my usual mashed avo on toast (just lemon, salt and Aleppo pepper added) but this was worth the extra effort. The lime zest and capers in the salsa gave it more zing. I didn't have dill or tarragon so used basil and parsley as the herbs and it was fine. Very nice lunch.

    • JennyHay on January 28, 2019

      I served the tomatoes and avocado butter in individual bowls with small toasts/brushcetta. Very good with drinks.

    • Zosia on October 17, 2018

      A very tasty version of avocado toast. The salsa was bright and fresh and the avocado-dill pairing was particularly good. I omitted the butter - the avocado spread was still rich and creamy - and enjoyed it on whole wheat bagels.

    • Rutabaga on February 06, 2019

      This was a wonderful melding of flavors, even though I left out the tarragon and cumin. The avocado butter is decadent, but a good treat, and it makes an otherwise light meal more filling. Despite being a little more complicated than basic avocado toast, it's still quite quick to make.

    • bwhip on October 19, 2018

      Delicious. The avocado butter was creamy and delicious, with particular brightness from the lime juice. The amount of tarragon and dill called for seemed like quite a bit, so I just sprinkled what seemed like an appropriate amount over the top, and thought it tasted just right.

    • Ro_ on May 08, 2020

      Didn't have dill so used some mint and basil. I really liked the creaminess of the avocado butter, complemented by the zingy salsa. I don't know if this will be a regular brunch fixture at mine, but I could see making it again occasionally.

    • JJ2018 on May 21, 2019

      This was really nice and came together super quickly. A really tasty elevated avocado on toast to impress with.

  • Curried lentil, tomato and coconut soup

    • westminstr on February 05, 2019

      Made on Feb. 2018 w a combo of red and french lentils bc I didn't have enough red. Had to add some extra water and cook longer to compensate for that. Eyeballed the ginger and had to add extra salt. This was really good; we liked it a lot!

    • MelMM on February 04, 2019

      2-1-2019 This smelled great cooking, and was quite tasty. When I tasted to adjust the seasonings, I found it to be lacking in salt, and added quite a bit more. I also felt it could use some acid, so added the juice of half a lemon. With those adjustments, it was a pleasant meal.

    • kari500 on March 21, 2019

      Best lentil soup I've ever had, and I love lentil soup. I had everything but the cilantro, so I subbed green onions and it was so good that I will do that from now on. Easy and delicious, and yes, add the lime.

    • L.Nightshade on February 14, 2019

      Only brown lentils were available here, so that’s what I used. Cooking took a bit longer than specified, but other than that it worked out well. I used my own curry blend, which was probably a bit hotter than called for, so the soup had a definite kick. I also served it with the limes as suggested in the headnote. My coconut milk was oddly thin, which was fine for stirring into the soup, but didn’t work well for the swirl on top. I enjoyed this soup quite a bit, it was homey and comforting, as a lentil soup should be, but with a little extra pop of heat. I didn’t add any additional salt, left that option for the table, but I did think the lime is a critical part of the finished dish.

    • FJT on November 26, 2018

      Really simple to make and great comfort food on a cold day. I added about two thirds of the water in the recipe and would probably add less next time.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Really delicious! A big hit at our house and easy to make with pantry ingredients. I don't add the coconut on top and it doesn't lose anything. I think the main flavour comes from the curry powder so use one you like. I usually add more salt and more chilli (fresh or dried).

    • jackiecat on March 21, 2019

      https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/curried-lentil-tomato-and-coconut-soup

    • stockholm28 on April 07, 2019

      Delicious and very easy. This will be repeated.

    • pistachiopeas on February 09, 2019

      Really loved this. I added 1 tsp more of salt, and also lightly salted my onions at the beginning. Used Vadouvan curry & a bit more ginger than called for. We all really enjoyed this!

    • raybun on March 04, 2019

      Absolutely fantastic, best lentil soup I’ve ever tasted. I used brown lentils as that’s what I had. Even the fussy 11yr old enjoyed it once it had been in the blender, so 5 stars!

    • grindabod on January 29, 2019

      This is a delicious and warming soup, super easy, and it basically only uses storecupboard ingredients.

    • averythingcooks on December 07, 2019

      Well yes.....this is lovely. I made it pretty much as written except I used broth and needed extra to blend it very smooth (which is how I like lentil soup) before I stirred in the full amount of coconut milk.

    • Ro_ on January 27, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. A lovely texture, and great balance of flavours with the creaminess of the coconut milk, earthiness of the curry and lentils, and zing of the coriander and lime wedges (he suggests the latter in the blurb but not in the method/ingredients, but I highly recommend squeezing on at the end).

    • JJ2018 on April 28, 2019

      Huge hit for us. Really easy to make and a super tasty delicious soup. Can see this being a winter favourite

  • Roasted aubergine with anchovies and oregano

    • westminstr on September 08, 2019

      Wow, loved this! Made for two with one eggplant (about 1/3 of the recipe) and half recipe of the herbs and dressing. Just outstanding!

    • blintz on February 23, 2020

      This was a huge hit! Everyone asked for the recipe. Very quick and I made it earlier in the day and then reheated the eggplant in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes and then added the dressing and herbs.

    • kath on January 26, 2019

      We love this! I have made it twice in one week.

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      Very easy, superb flavours, a great side dish.

    • Lepa on January 19, 2019

      We made this for a dinner party. It was really simple and delicious. I will definitely make it again!

    • saarwouters on September 16, 2018

      Great side dish with lots of flavour! Simple indeed and easy to make ahead.

    • Ro_ on January 29, 2020

      I liked this a lot, and even my partner who doesn't really like aubergines said he didn't mind them in this recipe. I think I probably used more anchovy than was in the recipe (I had a big tin and I didn't measure) but they didn't seem to suffer for it! Can't get fresh oregano here, but dried was OK. I reduced the heat to 200 fan and the cooking time by five mins, as I think the aubergines would have burned otherwise.

    • Lsblackburn1 on March 26, 2020

      I put this on top of flat bread with hummus and ground lamb. Delicious!

  • Green tahini sauce

    • westminstr on October 04, 2019

      This was quite a bit more work than regular lemon-tahini dressing but not very different or a whole lot better. I might have preferred it with some olive oil added.

  • Roasted butternut squash with lentils and Dolcelatte

    • westminstr on December 02, 2019

      I made this for Thanksgiving bc I had a vegan guest - I though the extra protein from lentils would be nice. I eliminated the cheese and also made several hours ahead so it was not warm when served. I really liked this at first but as time went on, liked it less. I think it was either the mint, tarragon, or the combo that threw me off. I honestly probably would have preferred it with just parsley. I didn't use the cheese so I don't know if I would have liked it better with the cheese included.

    • L.Nightshade on February 15, 2019

      It was my choice to sub hubbard squash, as I started out making this dish for an Ark of Taste potluck, and our Pioneer hubbard squash is one of the two items in the Ark from here on the island. It’s got a really tough skin, so I purchased the chopped, peeled variety. I used gorgonzola, as that was all that was available. Very glad I tried this, because it was a big success here. I was happy with the combination of flavors, as was Mr. Nightshade. It’s always a bit of a push to get him to agree to a vegetarian main, but that’s what this was, and he was happy. As much as I love gorgonzola and similar cheeses, I think it will be fine without it, and I’m putting it on vegan dinner party list.

    • lilham on January 10, 2019

      Mr lilham and I both liked this but the children (7 and 4) weren’t convinced. They pulled faces and made exaggerated gagging noises at both the dolcelatte and the squash.

    • sosayi on December 01, 2018

      Absolutely delicious and fairly easy recipe to prep. I subbed a Gorgonzola for the dolcelatte and added a tablespoon or so more lemon juice, but followed the recipe fairly exactly otherwise. As a main course, this made two substantial portions. We’ll make this again for sure.

    • JJ2018 on April 27, 2019

      This was a nice salad and liked the blue cheese and roasted squash but not amazing enough to call it a favourite! Be careful to really ensure the raw garlic is incorporated as I don’t think I mixed well enough so had some very strong bites

    • domechef on March 31, 2019

      A simple recipe, but I thought this was just okay. The components didn't mingle well for my taste buds. I much prefer the other squash recipe with the corn salsa and pumpkin seeds.

  • Pork with ginger, spring onion and aubergine

    • westminstr on September 03, 2019

      Everybody really enjoyed this dish, and the kids loved the pork! I pulled some aside for them that just had the sauce, no aromatics, and they liked it that way. I also offered cilantro, peanuts and chile on the side instead of mixed in. Next time finely chop the ginger and garlic. Also I overcooked the scallions and eggplant - both were fine but softer than I like, so watch that next time. In my (adult) opinion, this dish was definitely best with all the elements mixed together. Eggplant on its own was bland but excellent mixed with the pork and sauce. Second try 9/19: finely chopped the ginger and garlic, sauteed only briefly, and served with roasted green beans instead of eggplant. also short on ginger (40 vs 60 g) which was fine. success!

    • Astrid5555 on October 15, 2018

      Excellent! I made my own kecap manis by boiling down regular soy sauce with palm sugar and added the eggplants to the sauce to flavor them some more after steaming. Very quick to make and weeknight friendly, two thumbs up by the whole family.

    • aargle on October 12, 2019

      This is an easy tasty dinner. I added some green beans which I stir fried with ginger, spring onions and garlic because I didn’t have enough eggplant and was very happy with the result. Will make again.

    • KarinaFrancis on August 20, 2019

      I did take some liberties with this recipe by mixing the steamed eggplants and some noodles into the pork mix. I really liked this dish, especially the sauce which made the dish. Would make it again.

    • Barb_N on February 13, 2019

      This comes together in a flash once the eggplant is steaming and the rice noodles are soaking. I used a wok and moved the aromatics to the side rather than removing from the pan. I doubled the sauce ingredients, intending to immerse the eggplant in it after the steam bath but I forgot. Still delicious after placing the eggplant over the noodles and bathing it all in the porky sauce. Will be a repeat for sure.

    • Foodycat on November 13, 2018

      I was sceptical about steaming the aubergines - I've tried it before and they haven't cooked properly - but these were lovely. Really silky, and the skins became very tender. The pork sauce is delicious, really punchy.

    • Popisdead on June 02, 2019

      Really good. Could do with a slightly stronger sauce. I would be tempted to put some citrus and chilli in. I think it would also serve really nicely over large salad leaves.

    • anya_sf on November 13, 2018

      I added some green beans to steam with the eggplant, adding them halfway through cooking. The vegetables needed a bit of extra salt. The pork was super flavorful and great with the vegetables (which would be quite plain on their own). We ate this with steamed rice and it was delicious.

    • Lucylew on November 22, 2019

      Very good. I skipped the peanuts due to personal preference, added some leftover garlic green beans to up the veg, mixed the eggplant in with the pork and sauce and served over brown basmati rice. It really is pretty simple!

  • Courgette and ciabatta frittata

    • jzanger on October 18, 2018

      Super delicious! I only had on hand 1/2 cup of heavy cream and used 2% milk for the rest. I also only had baguette, and using about 2/3 of the amount of ciabatta listed worked just fine. This recipe could be easily played with to adjust herbs and spices. I’ll happily make this again!

    • Astrid5555 on November 10, 2018

      This is a delicious way to use up leftover bread. I made half a recipe for 2 adults and this was plenty. Adding some more vegetables such as spinach and cherry tomatoes would also be lovely. Will make again soon!

    • chaffinski on September 23, 2018

      I made this with full fat cottage cheese rather than milk soaked ciabatta. Served with the tomato carpaccio. Yum.

  • Curried egg and cauliflower salad

    • wester on February 28, 2019

      Definitely quick, easy and tasty. I served it with chicken as suggested but that was a bit too much - probably better as a (light) vegetarian main. Would also be good to bring to a potluck.

    • kari500 on December 15, 2019

      I made half a recipe because I ended up with half a (large) cauliflower. This is delicious, even though I took a few short-cuts. I used ground cumin, dried tarragon (and less of this than called for). I now know that it is a PITA to peel pasteurized hard boiled eggs. From now on if I'm planning on boiling eggs I will get them non-pasteurized. Seems like it is going to be a good gateway recipe into egg salad for L. Has anyone ever subbed tofu for eggs in an egg salad?

    • FJT on May 07, 2020

      This was fine, but really didn’t wow us. I reduced the number of eggs. Can’t say I’d bother making it again.

    • kitchen_chick on September 29, 2019

      Delicious. This recipe makes a huge amount. I will cut it in half next time, and we'll still have leftovers.

    • anya_sf on August 20, 2019

      I only used 3 eggs and added the meat from a whole rotisserie chicken. There was enough dressing for everything. At first I didn't notice that the curry powder was divided and I put all of it on the cauliflower. The cauliflower on its own was too strongly flavored, but I omitted the curry from the dressing, so the flavor balanced out overall. I subsituted basil for the tarragon, since that's what I had on hand. The salad was quite delicious, although rich; next time I'll serve it over greens. It would benefit from some crunch - perhaps sliced almonds. (I did roast the cauliflower and onion a bit longer so they weren't crunchy.)

    • Lsblackburn1 on June 26, 2019

      I served this on toasted olive bread and it was delicious! Very filling so we have a lot of leftovers.

  • Hot charred cherry tomatoes with cold yoghurt

    • wester on March 26, 2019

      Excellent. So simple, so flavourful, and it smells great too. I do want to use more tomatoes next time. Per SheilaS' review I paired this with braised eggs with leek and za'atar. This combination was wonderful and made for a light yet filling and exquisitely flavoured vegetarian dinner.

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2018

      I served this with the braised eggs with leek and za'atar on p6 and these tomatoes were the star of the plate. Super easy and delicious!

    • caitmcg on January 24, 2019

      Simple to pull together, and a delicious dish. I did the tomatoes in my Breville countertop oven, and didn’t need the broiling step. I think the proportion of yogurt is too high relative to the tomatoes, and used less (despite increasing the tomatoes). I plated the dish individually, as that seemed easier for serving than using a big platter.

    • FJT on July 18, 2019

      Delicious! I had to wait until my husband was away to make this because he doesn’t like hot tomatoes, but it was worth the wait. And yes, I ate it all on my own!!

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      Love this fabulous dish. Served as a starter with brushetta.

    • KarinaFrancis on June 09, 2019

      Loved it! We served it as part of an aperitivo dinner with loads of bread.

    • ksg518 on August 19, 2019

      Just wonderful! Very easy and it comes together in about 30 minutes. We served it with flatbreads and turkey sausages for a great easy meal.

    • Rutabaga on September 16, 2019

      As others have said, this is delicious and simple to make. It went great with naan, but could be served with any variety of dishes. I found my tomatoes didn't need quite as much time in the oven, and just a few minutes under the broiler was enough, but I also roasted them on a metal sheet pan.

    • Foodycat on February 15, 2019

      So delicious and simple! I didn't do the final charring. I think I will be eating this a lot in summer.

    • cultus.girl on October 27, 2018

      Outstanding dish.

    • saarwouters on September 16, 2018

      Delicious! A nice alternative to the tomato/mozzarella side dish. The combination of the hot juicy tomatoes and the fresh tangy yoghurt worked really well. I would add a few more tomatoes the next time.

    • EmmaJaneDay on May 17, 2020

      This is beautiful! No more to say!

    • Skamper on February 16, 2019

      Made as a side but would probably be better as a starter. Made a half batch but with a few more tomatoes. Used homemade yogurt.

    • Ro_ on January 21, 2020

      This was great, the citrusy cold yoghurt and the hot herby, garlicky tomatoes were a winning combination. Next time I'd probably up the quanity of tomatoes and possibly use slightly bigger ones, and DEFINITELY serve with some really nice bread to scoop up all that delicious yoghurt.

  • Mustardy cauliflower cheese

    • wester on March 02, 2019

      I would have liked less of a bite to this, both literally and figuratively.

    • kari500 on February 28, 2020

      Very tasty, but seemed a bit labor intensive. Maybe I was just having a rough day.

    • okcook on April 24, 2019

      The flavours are very good as others have commented. I had an issue with curdling. When I poured the cream into the pan it curdled almost immediately so the sauce was just clumps of curdled cheese and cream. Very unappetizing. Next time I will cool down my pot before adding the cream/cheese.

    • JennyHay on April 12, 2019

      A wonderful dish. A perfect side with loads of flavour to accompany plain meat. It went well with with old fashioned corned beef. I will cook the cauliflower a bit longer next time. I used more cheese and crumbs in the topping.

    • Foodycat on September 25, 2018

      Reminds me a lot of a Madhur Jaffrey recipe that I really like. I tasted after adding the cheese, and added the same quantity again, and that was about right to make it taste cheesy against all the spice. Delicious, and very rich.

    • Frogcake on October 21, 2018

      Delicious! Great flavours in this unique cauliflower recipe! I used fresh, homemade breadcrumbs - Didn’t have enough cheddar so I used grated Asiago in the crumble.

    • Silverscreensuppers on February 12, 2019

      Really loved this dish. Perfectly spiced for me. Made for my bookcook club where 5 of us all cooked recipes from Simple - every single thing was DELICIOUS!

    • raybun on March 02, 2019

      Definitely better than any cauliflower cheese I’ve eaten before. The spices and chilli definitely elevated the cauliflower, going in my Favourite File.

    • lou_weez on September 26, 2018

      Delicious!! The addition of mustard and spices elevated this from the standard cauliflower cheese. Definitely making this again.

    • anya_sf on May 12, 2019

      Like a cross between regular cauliflower cheese and Indian cauliflower. I used less chili so it wouldn't be too spicy, and a bit more cheese. My broiler only has one setting (burn), so I just left it to bake longer. It was delicious. We had it with sausages and peas.

    • purrviciouz on March 03, 2019

      This was more like curried cauliflower and cheese, the mustard was not very forward here. I served this with wild rice blend. It made for a delicious and rich vegetarian dinner.

    • Lsblackburn1 on November 10, 2018

      Used one large Anaheim chili, which was great. Omitted the breadcrumbs since I served it with the chicken with croutons. Nice pairing!

  • Spring onion and herb salad

    • wester on March 19, 2019

      So, when I think I want a herb salad, I actually want this salad. The vegetables make the flavour lighter, less concentrated, but at the same time more complex. And the dressing is simple but just right. I do think it needs an accompaniment that can stand up to it, for instance beef or lamb, or maybe a strong cheese. Chicken, as the book suggests, or pork, as I used, are just not strong enough. I subbed celery for the green pepper and parsley for half the coriander; the recipe was robust enough to handle that. ETA: I actually like this one better with celery instead of green pepper. Still, there are worse ways to use up those green peppers that came with the red and yellow ones.

  • Braised eggs with leek and za'atar

    • wester on March 26, 2019

      Per the other reviewers I halved the amount of lemon and paired it with charred tomatoes with yoghurt. I also left out the feta and forgot the za'atar. The end result was very good; the pairing with the tomatoes, in particular, was wonderful and made for a light yet filling and exquisitely flavoured vegetarian dinner. Next time I will slightly increase the amount of lemon again and think of the za'atar.

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2018

      This recipe calls for using both the flesh and skin of a preserved lemon. Between that and the feta cheese, it was too salty for me and the tartness from the lemon completely overpowered the sweetness of the leeks. Next time, I will only use the lemon rind as I usually do. I made extra of the leek/onion mixture so when I reheated it, I just poached the eggs separately and found it much easier to control than cooking them in the vegetables. I served this with the the hot charred cherry tomatoes with cold yogurt on p 70 and it was a great pairing.

    • Astrid5555 on September 16, 2018

      A little bit too lemony for me, I think my preserved lemon was too big. Apart from that quick to make and a delicious brunch dish.

    • Ro_ on May 15, 2020

      For two people I halved the leeks and spinach, used 4 eggs and 2/3rds of a preserved lemon: this seemed about right. I liked the balance of flavours from the lemon, feta, leeks and za'atar. I found it a bit tricky to get the egg whites cooked without overdoing the yolks. Overall I liked this recipe, but it felt more like a lunch than a breakfast. Good shout from another commenter to pair it with the tomato and yoghurt recipe, I can see that working well. It needs bread too (I did toast).

  • Harissa and Manchego omelettes

    • wester on March 16, 2019

      My trusty Turkish shopkeeper said rose harissa could be made by mixing normal harissa and rose water. I used about a teaspoon of harissa and half a teaspoon of rose water per omelet, and this was good for me, but it would still have been too spicy for the children. I really would not have been able to eat this with the amount of harissa given in the recipe, although the redness of the book photo does suggest they did mean this amount. With the reduced amount of harissa it is a good omelet, worth adding to the repertoire. The rose flavor was noticable but not too strong. Any meltable cheese would work here, I do not think it is necessary to use Manchego.

    • Charlotte_vandenberg on May 02, 2020

      Everybody loved this, even our 18-month old! Seems like a good idea to make the mixture ahead and have this as a lunch after a walk in autumn or winter with some toasted bread. Pretty heavy as a breakfast even when reducing the eggs to 2 per person.

  • Lamb and pistachio patties with sumac yoghurt sauce

    • wester on March 03, 2019

      Very tasty. I subbed parsley for the rocket, and baked them in a 240C fan oven until brown. I think I will add some cumin to the yogurt next time. I also like that they are grain free. The family liked them too. ETA: mint is not as good a replacement for the rocket.

    • kari500 on February 16, 2019

      Subbed ground turkey for the lamb, and made into burgers instead of patties. Definitely enjoyed this and will make again.

    • TrishaCP on February 15, 2020

      We really liked these. Mine were way too soft after forming to cook immediately, so I refrigerated them for as long as I was able (15 minutes) and that helped somewhat, but these are very tender. I also subbed parsley for arugula. We served these in a pita as a sandwich.

    • JennyHay on January 28, 2019

      Super easy and very tasty. Fabulous for picnic food.

    • KarinaFrancis on January 06, 2020

      These were good, but not amazing. I would make them again but up the pistachios or keep them chunkier so their presence is felt. Good for a weeknight meal.

    • Barb_N on April 02, 2019

      We loved these. I love the technique for assembly. I chilled them prior to frying, and only a few fell apart. I still had execution problems as my ‘non stick’ pan is only 10” and really isn’t non stick - had it been desired, the brown crust would have been a great ‘fond’. I finished these in the oven and served in pitas with arugula and the yogurt sauce. I don’t think there is enough sauce per patty. My sauce was a speckly brown, not at all like the photo in the book. I guess even Ottolenghi’s food stylists take liberties!

    • e_ballad on March 29, 2019

      We found these quite ‘wet’ & disintegrated whilst cooking in the pan. This may be in part due to the coarse-ground lamb that we made at home, though we’ve not experienced this with other dishes. Maybe less puréed onion would also have helped. Make sure to season well.

    • kitchen_chick on February 13, 2019

      I didn't have arugula (aka rocket), so I substituted parsley and some dill. Worked great!

    • purrviciouz on March 04, 2019

      I used half lamb and half beef and subbed parsley for the arugula but added extra black pepper. Next time I'd use zahtar in the yogurt instead of sumac alone. These were easy and a fun dinner with salad and rice pilaf.

  • Lamb and feta meatballs

    • wester on March 22, 2019

      I thought these were excellent, with the feta adding both sharpness and richness without becoming overly cheesy. The children were not quite as enthusiastic but they still finished them without complaints. The first frying then baking seemed overly complicated to me, but when you don't change pans it's not really that much of a bother. I left out the bread and forgot the garlic, both without much ill effect.

    • okcook on May 08, 2019

      These are fabulous. I made the larger meatballs for dinner. I fried them in some lamb fat from the freezer. I just kept shaking the pan to keep the meatballs rolling around. They took about 6 or so minutes. I used a meat thermometer to try to cook them to 165F but I over shoot to 174F..still they were moist and tender. With a minute to go I just drizzled the pomegranate molasses over the meatballs and kept shaking the pan.

    • TrishaCP on May 10, 2019

      Yes, we loved these too. I used the pomegranate molasses drizzle, and I liked the sour note it added.

    • Astrid5555 on September 14, 2018

      As promised quick and easy to make, great to make ahead. Made 40 little meatballs as canapés, which were gone within minutes. Delicious!

    • FJT on May 10, 2019

      Another vote for this recipe. Yum!

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      Delicious simple meatballs. I served them with the Couscous Cherry Tomato and Herb Salad (page 158). Perfect together.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Number 1 requested meal at our place. Very moreish and I love the sweet/sour flavour from the pomegranate molasses.

    • Barb_N on May 22, 2019

      I guess I’ll be the lone voice of dissent. I found the mixture dry and crumbly even decreasing bread crumbs. Once I added a beaten egg (which I kept looking for in the ingredient list), I was able to fry them without them falling apart. The pomegranate molasses makes a nice topping but turned into ‘candy’ on the baking sheet. I much prefer the lamb and pistachio patties.

    • Ro_ on January 21, 2020

      I can't get lamb mince where I live, but really wanted to make this recipe, so after doing some research online I tried cutting up lamb shoulder as finely as I could and then pulsing in the blender. This worked OK in terms of giving me meat I could form into meatballs. However a) I had problems with about half the meatballs falling apart during cooking and b) I found the meatballs very fatty - next time I'd try using half lean leg meat and half shoulder meat perhaps. I liked the cinnamon flavours a lot, but the feta didn't come through that much for me. I couldn't get pomegranate molasses, but wonder if that would have helped offset the fattiness of the lamb a bit more.

    • purrviciouz on March 12, 2019

      These were delicious and a fun delight with the pomegranate molasses glaze. I used half beef and half lamb and served with chickpea and green salad with yogurt sauce.

    • ronacollins on May 15, 2019

      A family favourite and so Simple too!

  • Squid and red pepper stew

    • wester on March 03, 2019

      Very good and easy. I used frozen squid.

  • Gigli with chickpeas and za'atar

    • SheilaS on November 21, 2018

      I was generous with the seasonings and felt the cooking method did a great job infusing flavor into the canned chickpeas, which can be very bland. I also used about 3X times the amount of spinach. If I try this again, I will likely add lots more greens, skip the pasta and serve this with pita or flatbread.

    • KarinaFrancis on June 07, 2019

      Unbelievably good! I was dubious but with all the positive reviews I thought I’d try and it was a huge hit, surprisingly light and packed a flavour punch. I ran out of anchovies so used a tsp of fish sauce, but I think anchovies would be better. I will make this again!

    • Rinshin on June 09, 2019

      This was satisfying, but would have preferred much more greens in the dish. Felt round garbanzo beans were too plentiful for the amount of pasta and spinach as well as hard to eat. The taste of the sauce was very nice and it occurred to me that dried shrimp reconstituted would be good substitution for anchovies because leftover anchovies do not last too long in the refrigerator.

    • Zosia on June 19, 2019

      This had good flavour and was quick enough for a weeknight meal, though I must admit I didn't take the time to crisp the chickpeas. I used about 100g spinach for a half recipe.

    • Jojobuch on November 14, 2018

      Interesting combination but I would add more zaatar, as otherwise it can be a bit bland

    • Rutabaga on December 23, 2018

      I really liked this dish, and found it very flavorful. While I only used about half the amount of anchovies called for, that added just the right amount of umami without overwhelming the other ingredients. You could omit them and still have a good, full-flavored dish. I left out the spinach since I didn't have any on hand. The three-year-old loved it, but oddly my seven-year-old ate the chickpeas but declined to eat the pasta. I did as Ottolenghi suggested and made the chickpeas in advance, then reheated them while the pasta cooked. I also added a squeeze of lemon to finish the dish.

    • anya_sf on March 15, 2019

      I used about 9 oz pasta and 12 oz baby spinach and would do so again. Picking 1/2 cup thyme leaves off the branches took a long time; next time I'd probably use 1-2 Tbsp dried instead. There were still a lot of chickpeas relative to pasta. I cooked the pasta al dente, saving some of the cooking water, mixed it with the chickpea mixture and let it finish cooking altogether, adding some of the pasta cooking water with the spinach. I think that helped make the whole dish more cohesive. My family enjoyed this with grated parmesan on top.

    • BeaAamodt on November 03, 2019

      Delicious! Used oregano instead of thyme.

  • Lamb arayes with tahini and sumac

    • SheilaS on February 19, 2020

      A really easy and fun recipe. I served it with the Sumac Yogurt Sauce on p 217. The leftover wedges reheated nicely in my convection toaster oven.

    • FJT on December 23, 2019

      This was really nice but I'm not sure the gram measurements are completely right. I was weighing out the tahini and got to 70g and it was already way more than 1/3 cup, so I stopped and didn't add the last 20g. I could definitely taste the tahini and the other flavours were slightly muted, so I'm guessing 70g was way too much! That said it was a lovely dish and I will make sure to measure the tahini by volume next time round.

  • Scrambled harissa tofu

    • MelMM on February 06, 2019

      2-4-2019 I like the idea of harissa in a tofu scramble, but there isn't a lot going on here besides the harissa. In the future I would make a regular tofu scramble with the typical seasonings, and then add harissa at the end. Also I really don't think silken tofu is the best choice for a scramble. It doesn't absorb flavors as well, and the sauces don't cling to it as well.

    • CallmeIshbel on October 26, 2018

      Use extra firm tofu instead of silken for better texture

  • Cauliflower, pomegranate and pistachio salad

    • MelMM on February 04, 2019

      2-1-2019 I liked the mix of textures in this salad. As written, however, I found it underseasoned and dry. I ended up adding more lemon, more oil, and more salt. With those changes, the salad was quite good.

    • JennyHay on October 28, 2018

      A fabulous combination and very easy to put together. I have substituted barberries for the pomegranate seeds which also worked very well.

    • Frogcake on October 20, 2018

      This was a big hit with my family. Lots of great, diverse textures and tastes that come together nicely with the simple dressing. Would definitely make this again.

    • kitchen_chick on December 29, 2019

      Great salad with nice textures! The parts can be prepped in advance and then combined right before serving. I agree with it being a bit under-seasoned as is. Fortunately, that's easy to fix.

    • anya_sf on December 13, 2018

      Not being a fan of raw cauliflower, I was skeptical but tried this recipe based on the good reviews. It was fantastic! I didn't have tarragon, so I just used parsley and mint. Unusual combination of ingredients, but it really works.

  • Mushrooms and chestnuts with za'atar

    • MelMM on February 04, 2019

      2-1-2019 I ended up using a bit more oil than called for to get the ingredients coated before roasting. After roasting, I felt the dish needed more lemon than called for, and more salt. It was a really delicious dish though.

  • Brussels sprouts with burnt butter and black garlic

    • MelMM on February 04, 2019

      2-1-2019 I roasted the Brussels sprouts for 15 minutes to get deeper browning. Not sure if that was really necessary, though. Weigh the black garlic, as the # of cloves stated is way off. Miyoko's vegan butter will brown, and that is what I used here. Even a runny tahini can be a bit thick to drizzle, and by now I anticipated the dish needing more acid, so I added lemon juice (and salt) to the tahini. I also added extra lemon and salt to the sprouts themselves. We really enjoyed these Brussels sprouts. A good flavor, and the crunch from the pumpkin seeds was a welcome contrast. Would repeat, with the changes I made.

    • Astrid5555 on October 26, 2018

      Husband liked it a lot in combination with the Chicken Marbella dish. I however am not so sure about the black garlic taste (first time I cooked with it). Did not have any sunflower seeds, substituted sesame seeds instead.

    • KarinaFrancis on June 20, 2019

      Loved this dish, even the silver fox loved it and had second helping.The flavours came together beautifully, with the sweetness of the garlic, the crispy sprouts and the tahini to top it off. I couldn't find pepitas on my way home, so I subbed slivered almonds which were great, but I still want to try it with the pepitas. I roasted mine for 15 minutes, because I like them crispy too. Will be making this again and again while sprouts are in season!

    • VineTomato on October 18, 2018

      First time I've cooked with black garlic and wasn't sure I would enjoy it. What a wonderful dish, the pumpkin seeds are a genius element.

    • Rutabaga on December 23, 2018

      This dish packs a lot of flavor for how simple and quick it is to make. Surprisingly, my seven-year-old, who has previously disdained Brussels sprouts, ate more than anyone. For black garlic, I used black garlic "molasses", which is actually a syrup made solely from black garlic cloves. It made preparing the black garlic sauce especially easy.

    • Silverscreensuppers on December 19, 2018

      The crack cocaine of Brussels sprouts - absolutely DELICIOUS!

    • kitchen_chick on February 13, 2019

      Delicious! Garlic, butter, tahini, lemon juice - the flavors all came together beautifully. I didn't have black garlic, so I roasted some garlic with a bit olive oil to a soft creamy goodness and used that instead. I can only imagine how good it is with black garlic. I also roasted my Brussels sprouts longer as I like mine a bit crispier. And I agree with others' comments that the pumpkin seeds are a great addition.

    • domechef on February 05, 2019

      Great flavors and an easy dish to prepare. As mentioned by one of the reviewer, the black garlic weight to clove measurement is totally off. I ended up using around 35g because I thought 20g was way too less and I just love black garlic. Glad I did. The only issue I had was the thickness of the paste. It didn't distribute evenly through the sprouts. I may add some lemon juice to the paste to thin it out a bit next time. Will surely make this again. Don't leave out the pumpkin seeds!

    • StephEpices on October 20, 2019

      This is the perfect way to do brussel sprouts, honestly. Even haters are willing to have a few.

  • Baked rice with confit tomatoes and garlic

    • MelMM on February 06, 2019

      2-4-2019 Cherry tomato skins got a bit tough. Amount of water called for is too much. The tomatoes are giving off water, so you don't need much. Max of 1 cup water per cup of rice. Basmati rice should be washed before cooking.

    • Rutabaga on May 23, 2019

      I really like how this rice turned out, especially the garlic and shallots, which were beautifully creamy after their time in the oven. I was lacking thyme and didn't have the full amount of tomatoes, but otherwise made it as written. The only downside is it takes a long time to bake, although there's little active work. I didn't find that the recipe called for too much water, but I also chose not to wash the rice because I was concerned that would throw the ratio off. Some of the tomato skins were a bit tough. Perhaps that is affected by the tomato type? I used a variety.

    • katy1729 on August 20, 2019

      19/08/2019. Made to accompany the Lentil & Aubergine stew. Made it in a pan on the stove because I was too lazy to use the oven only for this dish. It worked out fine (perhaps the oven version would be rather nicer) though the quantity of water recommended was too much. Will try again, using recipe's method, on another occasion.

    • Huongey on May 20, 2020

      This is my boyfriend’s go-to rice dish now. He follows the recipe to a t and It comes out perfectly every time. The creamy garlic and roasted shallots is the best part. I didn’t find any problems with the tomatoes as others have mentioned.

  • Chilli fish with tahini

    • kari500 on February 16, 2019

      No one loved this. Lulu and I liked the tomato sauce a lot. No one thought the two sauces went together in any interesting sort of way.

    • TrishaCP on February 03, 2019

      This was quite good, but would recommend making the tomato sauce in advance for anyone planning to make it on a weeknight (if you can). I used smoked sweet paprika to save time.

    • Astrid5555 on December 30, 2018

      Used cod, smoked sweet paprika and Aleppo pepper flakes, served with rice. Especially liked the tahini sauce on top. Delicious and very quick to make, will make again!

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      Not really a fan of this one.

    • VineTomato on September 30, 2018

      So simple! This came together in under 30 minutes. Unlike Jamie’s 30 minute meals that take an hour and a half! I used cod, but can imagine halibut being totally delish! This is a great week night dinner, but ... it needs something on the side. I had planned for just the fish, luckily we had some quick cook rice (due to a bad carb meltdown!) in the cupboard. It went perfectly, I wonder what a healthier accompaniment may be?

    • Lepa on September 24, 2018

      This is pretty good but a friend remarked that it wasn't quite as good as the tomato seafood stew (with feta) that is in Jerusalem. I instantly realized she was right and we added some feta on this dish (and left off the tahini) and it was much better.

    • kitchen_chick on July 15, 2019

      We loved it, tahini and all. I made it with swordfish steaks and tomatoes I had canned (so they were skinless). Concept-wise it’s like the delicious Greek Fish Plaki dish in “one-pot, slow-pot & clay-pot cooking”, but with very different seasoning.

  • Chickpeas and Swiss chard with yoghurt

    • kari500 on February 16, 2019

      I'd bump up the spices next time, and maybe add some cayenne and/or sumac. Served over rice as a vegetarian main. I liked it.

    • JennyHay on October 28, 2018

      Loved this as a side dish served with lamb.

    • ksg518 on March 28, 2019

      This appears to be a variation on Ottolenghi's chickpea sauté from Plenty, which I really like. There are some differences, including roasting the carrots instead of just adding them directly to the sauté and just using the chard leaves rather than worry with the stems. But, for me the biggest differences were the addition of a fair amount of onion, which I thought weighed down the dish and the deletion of mint which also made it heavier than the original. I think I'll stick with the original.

    • CallmeIshbel on October 26, 2018

      Delicious side dish, used cashew tofu yoghurt sauce and purple carrots

    • Ro_ on January 21, 2020

      I used spinach instead of swiss chard, as it's what I had. This was nice, I enjoyed the spicing but as another commenter says would probably increase the quanities of spice (and carrot) next time.

  • Cornbread with cheddar, feta and jalapeño

    • caitmcg on December 07, 2019

      This is fairly involved, as cornbread goes, but delicious. An 8-inch cast iron skillet is the perfect size for a half recipe. I did need to add a couple of splashes of milk to the batter before mixing in the corn, etc.

    • L.Nightshade on May 01, 2019

      This recipe has SO much stuff in it, at some point it almost ceases to be cornbread. 19 ingredients, not counting salt and pepper. I spent a good chunk of the day before just chopping, grating, measuring, and generally setting up, so I could just get up early, mix it all together, and pop it in the oven. Wrapped up, it was still warm by the time we got to brunch, about an hour and a half away. I did bake it in a cast iron frying pan, and was a little worried about how hard it would be to dish out. In the book photo it looks like it’s being spooned out. But it sliced up like a pie and came out in nice wedges. Rave reviews all around. This is definitely a do-again, and worth the effort. I won’t be confining it to brunch, either. It would be stellar with a bowl of soup.

    • ksg518 on August 12, 2019

      I guess we're in the minority here but we found this to be barely OK. It was very dense and a little on the dry side even after we added some extra half and half to the batter. (Our first clue was when the recipe said to pour the batter into the pan; our batter was a stiff ball.) Perhaps it matters what kind of instant polenta you use and ours was very dry? Given the number of ingredients and prep time, this won't be a repeat.

    • mgmcewen on November 20, 2018

      This was delicious! We did leave out the red onions because I can't have them, and subbed in shallots.

  • Cavolo nero with chorizo and preserved lemon

    • okcook on May 06, 2019

      I have made this twice. The second time I cooked the kale a bit more than directed. We find the preserved lemon too much. Next time I think half would be plenty to give it the tang it needs.

    • JennyHay on October 27, 2018

      Very delicious. I added fat juicy scallops to this, fried quickly in the same pan, just before the chorizo was cooked. I will try it again with spinach for a lighter, more summery dish.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Very tasty! Good even without the preserved lemon, which I ran out of (but better with). Ended up using a bigger kale to chorizo ratio as I wanted this to be a veggie side dish.

    • Foodycat on November 09, 2018

      Really delicious - I used it as a topping for baked sweet potatoes.

    • kitchen_chick on September 09, 2019

      We really liked this dish. The "fresh chorizo" in this recipe does not refer to Mexican chorizo, which is the usual fresh kind found where I live and what I generally assume is meant when a recipe says "fresh chorizo". There is a Spanish version, which is delicious and worth seeking out. That said, it does work with Mexican chorizo. If using Mexican chorizo sausages, cook the sausage whole first, let it rest, then slice as described. I also used thick, unsweetened full fat yogurt instead of sour cream. The substitution worked well for us.

    • anya_sf on May 04, 2020

      I didn't have chorizo, so I used 3 strips of bacon, which were still very tasty in this dish (served as a side). I ended up steaming the kale longer, as my family doesn't like it chewy. Preserved lemon can be quite strong, so I rinsed it and used slightly less. Before adding the sour cream, I did not care for the overall dish, but the sour cream really balanced the other flavors, and I ended up liking this quite a bit. Next time I'll seek out fresh Spanish chorizo.

    • katy1729 on August 11, 2019

      Made as an accompaniment to the turkey & courgette burgers and the couscous, cherry tomato & herb salad. Only had 300g cavolo nero so adjusted quantities in proportion. Quantity was fine for three people with the other dishes. Didn't bother with the sour cream as we had the sumac sauce from the burger recipe. I would make again.

  • Roasted aubergine with curried yoghurt

    • okcook on May 08, 2019

      Very easy to make. Watch the eggplant because the oven is really hot and I think I dried mine out by leaving them in too long. The yogurt-curry sauce is flavourful without being overwhelming. This dish is a great side for roasted meat. I will be making this again.

    • aargle on March 24, 2020

      We loved this and it was demolished very quickly. I think I overcooked the eggplant so will keep a closer eye on it next time and there will be a next time. I served it with tandoori chicken which was a lovely match. Thoroughly recommend!

    • Skamper on October 02, 2019

      This was so delicious. I made a half batch to serve two as a side for tandoori chicken and honestly think we would have eaten a whole batch (but probably better we didn't). I roasted the eggplant in the morning to save time in the evening. It only took about 30 mins to roast. I forgot to add the fried curry leaves but will definitely try this the next time.

    • Ro_ on March 16, 2020

      Very nice. As with all the aubergine recipes in this book, I've learned I need to brush the slices with oil instead of tossing in a bowl, and turn the oven down from the temperature Ottolenghi instructs. My only regret is that I cooked my aubergines in advance and didn't reheat them through properly so it was a bit lukewarm, however I'd still make this again.

  • Sweet potato mash with lime salsa

    • okcook on May 06, 2019

      The outcome is delicious. The lime salsa plays off the sweetness of the potato. I had one gigantic sweet potato so it took twice as long to cook. I think putting the potato through a food mill would be the best way to get a very smooth texture..I didn't do that but will next time. I agree about the limes....I measured the zest and juice. I made the roasted skins for a snack. Very interesting. Mine got a little burnt...next time I will turn the heat down. We had them with chili flakes in oil drizzled over the top.

    • FJT on November 06, 2018

      Absolutely delicious!

    • twoyolks on January 30, 2020

      I really liked how the lime complemented the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. I actually didn't have any cilantro or basil so I just used parsley and it worked pretty well. I roasted some small sweet potatoes and they got really leathery on the cut side.

    • Frogcake on January 02, 2019

      This recipe proves you don’t need to do too much to sweet potatoes to make a delicious side. Loved the salsa with the roasted sweet potato. I drizzled the roasting oil into the mash and used all cilantro as I didn’t have any basil.

    • kitchen_chick on October 25, 2018

      Delicious combination of flavors, though I did a bit of substitution. I didn't have any fresh basil, so I used mint. Also, the recipe is a bit odd. It calls for 2 limes, but then specifies only 2 tsp of lime zest and 1 Tbs of lime juice. Just how small are his limes? One Persian lime can yield around 4 Tbs of juice and plenty of zest. I ended up using 2 Tbs of juice (and the zest) - so one half of a lime. Finally, my roasted sweet potatoes were a bit stringy/fibrous even after mashing. I think it'd be easier to get a smoother texture by peeling, slicing, and steaming the slices until soft. (Though you don't end up with the roasted skins that can be used in another recipe.)

    • anya_sf on November 20, 2018

      I didn't have basil, so I doubled the cilantro. I'm not a huge fan of sweet potatoes (too sweet), but the lime salsa really balanced the flavor nicely. I roasted the sweet potatoes ahead and reheated the mash in the microwave.

  • Bridget Jones's pan-fried salmon with pine nut salsa

    • Avocet on July 02, 2019

      The salsa was overly salty for our taste, even without including the caper brine.

    • TrishaCP on December 31, 2018

      We liked this but clearly not as much as everyone else! It was good but not my favorite preparation for salmon.

    • apattin on July 08, 2019

      I tried this with tilefish (it's what I had) and it was awesome. My only change was to press breadcrumbs on both sides of the fillets so they would not stick. I loved the sweet/sour balance.

    • lilham on November 27, 2018

      This is a huge success in our house. The salsa is unusual but so delicious with salmon. I agree with other posters who say there is a lot of salsa for the amount of salmon. I will make 1/2 to 2/3 the quantity next time.

    • saladdays on January 05, 2019

      We really enjoyed this, I agree that there was a lot of salsa but that was no bad thing as it is delicious! This could become a well-loved recipe.

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      I enjoyed the flavours of the salsa very much, but next time I won't serve it as a main because I think the salmon and salsa should be served on their own, not with any other dishes. I'll try breaking up the salmon into pieces and add the salsa and serve it as a stand alone salad, as an entree or a light lunch.

    • sharifah on October 02, 2018

      Very flavourful salsa to go with salmon. I halved the recipe for two, quite a generous amount of salsa. It’s simpler than I thought even though it looks like a long list of ingredients. I cut down on the oil a little bit. The salsa can probably be made in advance...I’ll try that next time.

    • KarinaFrancis on September 17, 2019

      This book can do no wrong in this house, and this is another great dish. I would never have thought to put these ingredients together but they totally worked. The only adjustments I made was halving the amount of currants (the silver fox isn’t a fan) and using a little less caper brine. I’ll be making this again and again !

    • mharriman on October 22, 2019

      Wow! Both my husband and I loved this dish. The salsa is definitely an interesting and unusual mix of ingredients. I would never think to put them together but they worked! I will definitely make it again. Changes: (one) I forgot to buy currants and used raisins. Served with cauliflower “rice” and a mixed green salad with tomatoes. These were good accompaniments. As others have noted, the recipe makes A LOT of salsa - more than we could eat (I had halved ingredients for two people).

    • MmeFleiss on October 27, 2018

      I halved all the salsa ingredients and it was perfect for the stated amount of salmon.

    • sarahj22 on November 02, 2018

      This was delicious and came together very quickly. I made a few substitutions based on what I had (raisins instead of currants, a mix of parsley and coriander instead of just parsley, cut back on the oil) but it still turned out beautifully. The recipe does make a generous amount of salsa but I liked the large portion.

    • saarwouters on October 14, 2018

      An original way to serve salmon. A combination of Italian and Middle-Eastern flavours. Comes together very easily.

    • Frogcake on October 21, 2018

      We loved the salsa which I served with bbq’d tuna steaks. I didn’t have any capers so used chopped pimiento stuffed chopped olives and a bit of the brine.

    • sosayi on November 27, 2018

      Another positive review for this recipe! Very easy to put together and the salsa can successfully be made in advance. I added the chopped parsley and lemon zest right before serving and took it out a few minutes early to come back to room temperature. Served with roasted berbere carrots and some basic parmesan risotto, this was a fabulous dinner.

    • anya_sf on October 22, 2018

      We all enjoyed this, even my celery-hating husband. There was way more salsa than we needed. I'd reduce the currants and olive oil next time.

    • robertofwine on March 10, 2019

      Enjoyed it as much as everyone else; completely agree you can 1/2 (or more) the salsa recipe. We had 300g salmon and still had an additional 1/3 salsa when we were done. Served with the aromatic mash recipe and it was lovely together. Will make this again!

    • katy1729 on September 07, 2019

      7th Sept 2019. Altered to suit ingredients I had available - extra capers instead of olives, dried parsley, raisins instead of currants, no saffron; also the bright green part of a leek instead of celery, which husband hates. Great success and pretty easy - would definitely make again. Served with steamed potatoes (crushed and mixed with olive oil, chopped black olives and chopped rind of a preserved lemon) and steamed vegetables.

    • ChefBeccs on May 14, 2020

      Best accompaniment to salmon ever, elevating this every week fish to a new level. And yes, you can omit and substitute ingredients to suit your pantry. I did not have any celery and it was still amazing.

  • Spiced apple cake

    • RosieB on September 16, 2018

      This cake was easy and delicious. It looked stunning.

    • Astrid5555 on October 06, 2018

      Perfect apple cake for a chilly fall afternoon! Reduced the demerara sugar for the apples to 100g, still too much for coating the apples. Will reduce next time to 80g. Recipe states to bake for 60-65 minutes, I took mine out of the oven after 80 minutes. Dough underneath the apples was still a little custardy, but a longer baking time would have resulted in a dry cake. Everbody loved it!

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      Easy, had all ingredients on hand. Delicious served warm, with double cream.

    • Frogcake on January 01, 2019

      Really delicious! My cake looked exactly like the picture. So simple to make - it baked for 65 minutes while we consumed other courses. I added a teaspoon of freshly grated orange rind to the dough and this enhanced the flavour nicely. I served small portions, warm, with gelato for New Year’s Eve dinner and everyone ate the rest of the cake (still fragrant and moist) for breakfast.

    • kitchen_chick on October 12, 2019

      Fantastic! I substituted lactose-free whole fat yogurt for the sour cream. Mine also took a lot longer to bake. About 85 minutes. Aside: the ingredient list here says “self rising flour”, but my edition lists the flour, baking powder, and salt separately.

    • Skamper on October 16, 2019

      I baked this for 70 minutes and it was underdone in the center. The rest of the cake was very tasty but I worry it would be overcooked by the time the center was done.

  • Tenderstem broccoli with soy sauce, garlic and peanuts

    • Emily Hope on March 29, 2019

      Served this as a side with the miso/lime chicken from the same book -- a nice, not too complicated way to do broccolini, and the peanuts are a nice touch. It did seem like it might benefit from some acidity--next time may try adding a bit of lime juice or rice vinegar.

    • KarinaFrancis on February 12, 2020

      Super quick and super tasty side dish! I could only find “big” broccoli so I sliced it all the way down (thank you my Instagram friend for that tip) and I didn’t have any ginger so I used dried chilli instead, which I’d do again. This will go on regular rotation for sure.

    • Rutabaga on May 24, 2020

      This is quite good, although I think it could use more of the soy sauce/honey. A pound of broccolini is quite a bit! The peanut topping is really a nice complement. I cooked the broccoli in the same pan I used to make the peanut topping by steaming under a closed lid with a little water. I removed the broccolini to a bowl and then used the pan to quickly cook the soy sauce and honey, but the dish wasn't very hot by the time it got to the table. In an effort to make this a one pan dish, I'd reduce the soy sauce and honey before cooking the broccoli next time, then add it to the broccoli in the hot pan just prior to serving.

    • sosayi on February 06, 2019

      In the US edition, this is listed as "broccolini with soy sauce, garlic, and peanuts". Different titles can be confusing! This was quite easy and quite good. The preschooler gobbled it up and commented on how "yummy" it was, surprisingly. Definite repeat, though I always over-steam broccoli, so I need to work on that. The orange peel definitely adds a great note to the fried garlic, ginger and peanut mixture, so I wouldn't skip it.

    • anya_sf on July 03, 2019

      I oversteamed the broccolini a tad, as the stems - although thin - weren't getting tender. So next time I'll cut the broccolini into shorter pieces. The peanut topping was great.

    • fedenorreri on May 02, 2019

      Love the toppings in this recipe. I sub cashews for some of the peanuts and used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce (allergies in the family) - served with the Thai sticky rice and shrimp.

  • Chicken with miso, ginger and lime

    • Emily Hope on March 29, 2019

      Oh, man, this was good! I've made a lot of Asian-ish chicken thigh recipes and this one rises to the top. I made it with 4.5 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, and made 1.5x the sauce, which worked great. (I did have 2 thighs that didn't fit in the 9x13 pan). My only complaint is that it's a bit fiddly for a weeknight meal, with the pan-frying and the baking and the ginger grating etc., but worth it. As stockholm28 notes, the thighs were overcooked even after I'd cut the time by 10 minutes -- next time I might try just omitting the bake time with the foil on. Served with the broccolini with peanuts (also from Simple), and rice.

    • Astrid5555 on September 30, 2018

      The marinade is divine, but made without chillies for the kids! Very little hands-on time needed, served with potatoes. Loved the spring onions!

    • FJT on May 07, 2019

      Another vote in favour of this one. The only complaint was that there wasn't more of the sauce so I shall be doubling up on that next time. Will definitely be making again ... and soon!

    • JennyHay on April 12, 2019

      10 out of 10 for me. A fabulous dish served with the sticky rice on page 173.

    • KarinaFrancis on March 16, 2019

      My first recipe from this book and it’s a winner! Based on previous comments I used bone in thighs, grated the lime rind, garlic and ginger. Paired it with sweet potato fries from the same book. I just made this again a made up the sauce ingredients, marinaded them for 30 minutes and cooked them uncovered for 45mins, worked perfectly and the flavour still shines

    • stockholm28 on March 13, 2019

      I liked this a lot which is a good thing since I now have a large container of white miso in the fridge (checking EYB to see what else I can do with it). I cut the recipe in half and used chicken thighs. I didn’t find the paste too fiddly, but I simplified the recipe by grating the lime and just chopping the ginger finely. The thighs cooked a lot more quickly than the recipe notes, so I will cut down the oven time. I liked the crispy charred green onions and cilantro stems.

    • Barb_N on March 19, 2019

      This is delicious as other reviewers have said. I found the scallion-chili-cilantro mixture spicy (I’m a spice wimp, only used one serrano quartered). Served with stir fry of baby bok choy, asparagus and shiitakes, with a sauce pirated from the marinade, adding a bit of rice wine vinegar. Miso paste lasts foreeeeeever in the fridge (I’ve had mine more than a year) so definitely will be a repeat, maybe w/o the chili.

    • Rutabaga on October 28, 2019

      The sauce here is, as others have noted, fantastic. Unfortunately, the rest of my family is not a fan of "bone-in" chicken dishes, although I think it's good for them to have this experience from time to time. I'd make this again, but might mix it up and try it with boneless chicken thighs, too.

    • rmorse on March 04, 2019

      This is amazing.

    • raybun on March 02, 2019

      The marinade is absolutely delicious, I used bone in thighs. Definitely a repeat recipe, the family loved it.

    • bwhip on April 02, 2019

      Delicious! We really enjoyed this recipe. Great flavor, fairly easy prep. I used thighs, and served with basmati rice, which made for a nice dinner.

    • anya_sf on February 23, 2020

      I cooked 6 large chicken thighs for the whole time and the chicken did not overcook, but the sauce started to burn at the edges of the dish (my pan was a bit too large). I chopped the ginger finely and next time will zest the lime for ease and try whole cilantro stalks instead of just the stems. The sauce was super flavorful. I would also try boneless chicken thighs cooked for less time.

  • Fried broccoli and kale with garlic, cumin and lime

    • TrishaCP on February 03, 2019

      This was really flavorful and fairly easy to prepare. We also used cavolo nero since it's what we had on hand. I didn't have mint, so used cilantro, which also added (along with the lime) a nice pop of freshness and brightness at the end.

    • cjross on October 21, 2018

      Quite good, very flavorful. Would make again.

    • Jojobuch on November 13, 2018

      Used Cavolo Nero instead of kale; all in all very flavourful

    • Rutabaga on October 24, 2019

      I really like this dish. Plus, using bagged, pre-cut veggies from Trader Joe's made it very simple to prepare. Because of the kids, I went light on the Urfa pepper and served the lime on the side, but in my mind, those two flavors are what sets this dish apart.

    • anya_sf on April 19, 2020

      I used 3 broccoli crowns (much more than 3 cups) and a bunch of beet greens in lieu of kale. I only had half the mint but it was enough to get the flavor, and just used 1 tsp urfa biber for a hint of spice. This dish was easy to cook at the last second with everything prepped ahead. Overall, I loved it, but would probably like it better without the cumin.

    • damjih on July 25, 2019

      Good recipe, same as others kale soaked up all the oil

    • elnicky on January 06, 2019

      Enjoyed this a great deal, but don’t think it’s as good as the chargrilled broccoli, garlic and chilli recipe. Made the garlic compote for the oil (from the roast potato recipe in the book) to make sure it had a strong garlic flavour and a bit of crunch with the chopped up cloves. Also added some crushed cashews at the beginning of cooking as was cooking as a main so thought it would need some more protein (and crunch). These modifications worked very well. Cooked and ground the cumin – don’t like eating whole cumin seeds. Didn’t have lime juice so used half the quantity of white wine vinegar. While this was an adequate substitute, the lime juice would have improved it a great deal. The kale soaked up all the oil before the broccoli was added, so would recommend adding the final third when adding the broccoli. My broccoli wasn’t cooked through quite as much as I’d have liked, but perhaps I didn’t cut the florets quite small enough.

  • Roasted trout with tomato, orange and barberry salsa

    • TrishaCP on January 27, 2019

      This was really easy and very fresh tasting with the salsa. I couldn’t find whole trout so used fillets laid on top of each other and secured with toothpicks to mimic a whole fish. The amount of butter called for in my opinion isn’t at all necessary- I would at a minimum half it, or consider using olive oil.

    • Astrid5555 on January 01, 2019

      So simple, quick and delicious. Used whole seabream instead of trout. The salsa takes this dish to another level! Yum!

  • Slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust

    • blintz on October 18, 2019

      Fabulous comfort-food chicken dish that’s good enough for company. Make the chicken stew the day before and then the night you’re entertaining there’s just the corn crust. I used the very last of farm market corn, but the recipe says frozen works too.

    • Astrid5555 on November 23, 2019

      Husband made this as a surprise when I returned from a business trip. He used a very smoky and hot harissa spice blend instead of rose harissa, which was balanced perfectly by the dark chocolate in the sauce. Made only two thirds of the crust which we thought was more than enough. Puffed up a little bit like a soufflé. Excellent!

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Very easy and tasty, with the caveat that I've never made the corn topping.

    • tmitra on October 22, 2019

      I liked the stew and was fascinated by the use of rose harissa in a dish that approximates Mexican flavors. I don't think I'd repeat the corn crust, given that I needed my blender and hand mixer to make it, and it turned out far from crispy (maybe it just needed more time, as anya_sf suggested below?)

    • lou_weez on April 08, 2020

      I was expecting a firm corn crust but instead got a light, fluffy corn topping. Really delicious.

    • averythingcooks on December 07, 2019

      This is a beautifully rich and warm chicken "stew". I did eventually opt out of the corn crust (but started out planning to make it) and then as dinner approached, decided to make a skillet corn bread to eat beside it. I have both hot and mild harissa (but not rose) so used 1 tbsp of the hot version. It thickened beautifully and although it didn't end up as dark as in the book photo , it is a delicious winter one pot.

    • bwhip on October 20, 2018

      Very delicious, with rich flavor that just melts in your mouth. Our corn crust was more like a souffle than crispy, but still a lovely complement to the chicken stew below. The recipe takes a while to make (hence the title "slow cooked"), but it's not a difficult prep at all. Served it with a simple green salad as suggested.

    • anya_sf on April 30, 2019

      I made 2/3 recipe, which served 3 for dinner with a large green salad. I loved the smoky flavors from the paprika and rose harissa, which I reduced a bit so it wouldn't be too spicy. This dish reminded me of a lighter, more flavorful tamale pie. The corn crust took an extra 10 minutes to cook through, perhaps because the sides of my casserole dish were extra high. Next time I'll add some more vegetables with the chicken mixture. Delicious!

    • mgmcewen on November 03, 2018

      We couldn't get the crust to work but the chicken was delicious. I guess we needed a mixer to really get the egg whites right, tried doing it by hand.

    • JJ2018 on November 28, 2019

      This was absolutely delicious. A simple recipe that takes a bit of time the flavours were so layered. We all loved it. Topping is like a corn cloud! We halved the harissa which was right for us

    • domechef on March 31, 2019

      It is a very good dish when serving a crowd. The corn crust adds a beautiful decadance to the stew, so I wouldn't skip it. Just make sure the egg whites are whipped nicely. I don't have rose harissa but normal harissa worked just fine. I used a tablespoon less then called for and it felt just right.

  • Charred prawn, sweetcorn and tomato salad

    • L.Nightshade on January 31, 2019

      I made this exactly as written, in a non-stick grill pan. I’m not sure why a grill pan was specified, as it would be perfectly fine in a regular pan. I’d like to try it in a basket over an actual grill. I’d also like to try it with fresh corn in the summer time! But as-is, the timing was spot-on, and I thought it was delicious. Mr. Nightshade thought the dressing could do with a bit less sriracha, so if you’re heat-shy like him, be conservative with the sriracha. It was perfect for me. If I had made up this recipe I probably would have added cilantro. Ottolenghi, in his genius, specified marjoram or oregano. Our marjoram has died out, the oregano is just hanging in, so I used that. Just made it brilliantly different. We decided this would be a great first course for a dinner party, using just three shrimp or so per person. Definitely a do-again.

    • Foodycat on October 06, 2018

      I used fresh corn on the cob and cooked all the elements on a charcoal grill. I'm in two minds about it really. The charred prawns, sweetcorn and tomatoes were very good but the dressing was a bit aggressive. I think I would have preferred basil instead of oregano.

    • anya_sf on August 17, 2019

      In lieu of a grill pan, I cooked the ingredients in a large cast iron skillet. I added some chopped asparagus (charred) and avocado (not charred) as well, and 2 people had no problem eating the whole thing for dinner. Instead of marjoram, I used basil, since I had it on hand. Different herbs would work as well - mint or cilantro would probably be especially good. The dressing was tasty, but actually quite spicy, which overpowered the flavors somewhat; I'd use half the amount next time. A lot of flavor for such a quick, easy dish.

  • Courgette, pea and basil soup

    • L.Nightshade on February 26, 2019

      I got a little overzealous spiralizing zucchini the other day, ended up with not only the cores that are always left, but too many zoodles. Since I had peas and feta, I ended up making this. I only had one issue, one I’ve had occasionally with zucchini in soups, which is that there is a slightly bitter finish with each mouthful. I suspect this is from the peel of the zucchini, but I’m not certain. In this case it was a minor issue, in fact Mr. Nightshade did not sense the bitterness at all. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the flavor, but I would certainly love the soup more without it! I almost dropped in a tiny amount of baking soda, as I do with bitter tomatoes, but I was afraid of ruining it.

    • aargle on September 21, 2019

      This soup is a winner and a meal in itself. Loved the feta and lemon zest on top - it really set this soup apart. So easy and economical as well.

    • FJT on May 21, 2019

      Fantastic soup - it’s summer in a bowl. And it’s ridiculously easy to make.

    • Hellyloves2cook on January 20, 2019

      Easy and absolutely delicious. The whole family loved this! Have made twice already.

    • Boffcat on May 05, 2019

      I'm so glad I tried this, spurred on by the positive reviews - it's delicious, and one of the best ways I can think of to use courgettes.

    • anya_sf on April 28, 2019

      Quick and easy to make and really delicious. I used chicken broth for extra flavor. I only had about half the basil, but the flavor was still there. As usual with Ottolenghi recipes, the garnishes (lemon zest and feta) really add to the dish.

  • Iranian herb fritters

    • L.Nightshade on February 16, 2019

      A very simple recipe, calling for a lot of mixed, chopped, fresh herbs, ground cumin, breadcrumbs, barberries, toasted walnuts, and eggs. Everything is mixed together then ladlefuls are fried in sunflower oil. The herbs called for are dill, basil, and coriander, but the notes say any herbs can be used to equal the 120 gram total. I played fast and loose here, and the major portion of my “herbs” consisted of carrot tops! Parsley, tarragon, cilantro, mint, and dill also went in to make up the gram total. These end up being like little, fried, kuku zabzis. I thought the barberries were barely discernible, and I would add more next time, as I like that little sweet-tart kick. We each had two of the 10 the recipe made for me, and found them very filling. Instead of the suggested accompaniment of a parsley sauce, I used up some of the leftover tomato-chlle-garlic sauce and the tahini sauce from the halibut dish.

    • Barb_N on May 22, 2019

      More of a note to self, since I had to wildly adapt the recipe. I wanted to use cilantro (my daughter has soap gene), mint (none at store) and dill (rotten 24 h after purchase) so I had only half as much chopped herb mixture (parsley, marjoram, sorrel). I may have miscalculated but found the cumin overpowering. If I make this again, I will decrease the cumin, and use an appropriately flavorful herb mixture.

    • kitchen_chick on July 21, 2019

      We really like these with the suggested herb-tahini sauce. I agree with adding more barberries. We used 4 Tbs (1/4 cup). This recipe is very substitution friendly - I've used different proportions of herbs based on what I had available and used sliced almonds because we didn't have walnuts. I even used panko for the breadcrumbs one time (and added a splash of water to the mix because they're drier than fresh breadcrumbs). The second time I made this as a frittata in a 10" cast iron pan, which I liked better. You do have to flip the frittata, which is more difficult than flipping little fritters, but it cooks all the mixture at once and is less oily. Does anyone know what's going on in the photos with this recipe? The first photo shows a bowl with what looks like fried onions or shallots and some kind of red oil or hot sauce, neither of which are in the recipe.

  • Pasta alla Norma

    • Astrid5555 on October 18, 2018

      One of the best pasta alla Norma recipes I have cooked so far. Eggplants are baked in the oven separately and then added to the finished tomato sauce. Used Aleppo pepper flakes for additional smokiness and topped the pasta with some leftover feta cheese I happened to have in the fridge. Husband was very happy ;-)!

    • aargle on February 19, 2020

      I was expecting a very pleasant pasta dish but was delighted to find that it was fabulous. I followed the recipe to the letter and next time will reduce the cooking time of the eggplants by 5 minutes. I love these recipes that are more than the sum of its parts.

    • seherhussain on March 31, 2019

      Super easy to put together (thanks to the baking of the eggplant) and delicious results! Will repeat.

    • Zosia on December 12, 2018

      Very tasty and quite doable on a busy weeknight. I particularly liked the treatment of the eggplant.

    • ksg518 on February 11, 2019

      This was delicious - a recipe where the ingredients add up to something more than you expect. I like the idea of roasting the eggplant although I nearly burnt mine so I'll either slice them thicker next time or reduce the cooking time. I didn't have the dried chilies so I just added a small pinch of red pepper flakes.

    • nadiakoj on December 04, 2018

      Fabulous dish. One of the best pasta dishes we've had at home

    • Lepa on February 24, 2020

      This was delicious. The tomato sauce was so rich and had such a wonderful taste. I followed other posters' suggestions and brushed olive oil on the eggplant rounds after trying to toss the slices and finding that only a few ended up with olive oil. I should note that I accidentally bought one can of sauce and one can of whole tomatoes and the resulting sauce was so good and saucy I might do the same next time.

    • anya_sf on October 27, 2018

      I baked the eggplant a day ahead. Tossing eggplant with olive oil in a bowl coats it unevenly; it's more work, but brushing with oil works better - however, it didn't seem to matter in the final dish. The only mild chile I had was a large pasilla, so I tore a couple of pieces off and simmered them with the tomatoes, then removed them with the oregano stems. Used 12 oz spaghetti. This recipe is unusual in that the eggplant remains in slices and the tomatoes whole, but somehow it works. My family devoured this.

    • Ro_ on January 17, 2020

      Aubergine being one of my favourite foods, I really loved this and even my partner who doesn't really like aubergines that much enjoyed it. Used parmesan cheese, and dried oregano instead of fresh. Like another note-leaver, a few of my aubergines got a bit burnt, so I'd reduce the heat or the time in the oven next time. Also agree with the comment that said tossing the aub slices with oil in a bowl doesn't result in even coating.

    • JJ2018 on May 08, 2019

      Really enjoyed this - as other reviewers say this tasted a lot more impressive then the list of ingredients would suggest. Pecorino really added to the dish. Will definitely make again

  • Pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers

    • Astrid5555 on September 15, 2018

      Most delicious pasta dish I have cooked in years. Halved the recipe but only used one third of the rose harissa paste. Had just the right spiciness for us. Husband licked the plate and then we fought over the leftover sauce. Can‘t wait to make this again.

    • lilham on October 17, 2018

      An unusual take on a tomato pasta, but absolutely delicious. I used linguine instead of a flat pasta and tinned tomatoes instead of fresh.

    • hirsheys on May 02, 2019

      This is a very simple dish to prepare, which I chose because I had some grape tomatoes needing to be used up. You basically caramelize some onion (which went pretty fast, actually, since the heat is set fairly high), then add harissa (I didn't have the rose version), halved tomatoes, halved kalamatas (I coarsely chopped them), some capers, and a little salt, then cook it all down into a nice sauce (adding in a little chopped parsley). You're supposed to serve with a dollop of yogurt, which is interesting. I used the mild harissa that's open in my fridge for this, and really wished it was spicy instead. I also didn't have pappardelle, so I used this dish as an excuse to use some interesting mixed shape pasta I had in my pantry. (It worked well.) The dish itself is quite nice, but it doesn't taste all that different from a standard puttanesca and I think I prefer my own recipe to this one.

    • VineTomato on December 15, 2019

      Mr VT loved this. I thought it was okay, like a puttanesca but without the delicious anchovy flavour. Mr VT abhors anchovies, so this could be a great pasta for other anchovy haters. I have written the word anchovy many times for recipe that does not contain anchovies!

    • Rutabaga on January 04, 2019

      This is good, although I think I like the chickpea and pasta recipe from this book better. I used about two tablespoons of rose harissa, and it was only mildly spicy, yet still too spicy for the kids. Fortunately, I addressed that concern by setting some plain pasta aside for them. Soft goat cheese is also good on the pasta if you aren't using yogurt.

    • mrshalf on January 29, 2019

      Definitely amazing! Will absolutely put this into rotation and for any skeptics out there - the regular harissa paste from DEA was spot on. Not too spicy and definitely didn't miss the "rose harissa". This was fantastic!

    • anya_sf on May 02, 2019

      I used half the rose harissa so it wouldn't be too spicy and it definitely wasn't; I'll try more next time. I made the sauce 2 days ahead. This was a simple, delicious pasta dish that I would definitely make again. There isn't a ton of sauce relative to pasta, but the ratio seemed just right since the sauce has strong flavors. I'd never had yogurt on pasta before, but it was great. I used fettuccine pasta, but really, any shape would work.

    • JJ2018 on May 20, 2019

      This was nice but I wouldn’t be in a rush to repeat. Reduced the harissa slightly. There was a lot of pasta to sauce ingredients so ratio seemed slightly off

  • Orzo with prawns, tomato and marinated feta

    • Astrid5555 on February 29, 2020

      Good, but not one of the spectacular recipes from this book. Still, the feta and fennel seeds make it special, but not special enough to repeat in the near future.

    • KarinaFrancis on February 07, 2020

      Delicious! We loved it. Based on the previous notes I cut back on the fennel and might have stumbled on the right amount. Agree that the orange adds nothing, next time I’ll add a squeeze of lemon at end instead.

    • Zosia on October 18, 2018

      This was quick and tasty but there was a little too much fennel for me and I couldn't detect the orange at all. I think I would prefer it with half the fennel and perhaps with some grated orange zest stirred in with the basil at the end.

    • mharriman on October 24, 2019

      I liked this better than my husband did. We both like fennel, so that wasn’t an issue for us. However, we couldn’t figure out what it or the orange peels were supposed to do as we couldn’t detect even a hint of orange and only a mild fennel flavor. We thought the chili flakes overtook the other spice ingredients. I followed the instructions and ingredient list as directed and felt it took more steps and time than I prefer for our “pretty good” enjoyment of it. Probably won’t repeat as there are other orzo, tomato, and shrimp recipes out there that aren’t as involved that I like better.

    • Barb_N on March 20, 2019

      This is a favorite combination of mine- shrimp, orzo, feta and tomato, so I decided to try out the Ottolenghi spin. Overall it is simple, tasty and very beautiful. I wish I had paid more attention to the reviews about the fennel; I found the seeds were intrusive and didn’t add a lot of flavor (a new jar no less). My tomato pieces did not break down to a sauce like the photo in the book. Marinating the feta the night before meant that this was on the table in 30 minutes once I finished the prep. 1/21/20 ETA: I made this again using fresh fennel instead of fennel seeds. Half the thinly sliced bulb was sautéed with the garlic, the other half topped with a preserved lemon vinaigrette. I put some preserved lemon in the marinated feta and in the orzo in place of the orange peel- perhaps a bit TOO lemony but I really liked the fresh fennel in place of the seeds.

    • nadiakoj on December 04, 2018

      Really simple (!) dish but the fennel was a little too strong. Will half the amount mixed in with the feta next time.

    • Nomola on November 25, 2019

      Made for friends with a ‘fussy’ daughter - it was lovely, I think I’ll use a little more chilli next time. The fennel was obvious but I didn’t think overpowering. Easy to make

    • lou_weez on September 27, 2018

      Considering I didn't feel like cooking dinner, this was a delicious, super easy, one pan dish, that I'm really glad I made. I thought the fennel would overpower everything but it was lovely against the sweetness of the prawns.

    • bwhip on December 21, 2018

      This was very tasty, and easy to put together quickly on a weeknight. I scaled back the fennel to three teaspoons based on some of the feedback from other reviewers, and it seemed just right to me.

  • Pasta with pecorino and pistachios

    • Astrid5555 on February 23, 2019

      As stockholm28 mentioned this is just a variation of pasta with pesto. Nevertheless a nice and healthy one because of the addition of the mangetout. As promised quick and simple to make, but without the wow factor that some of the other recipes from this book have.

    • anniemac on July 05, 2019

      I thought this was delicious. I used cascarelle pasta instead of the trofie, but otherwise made as written. As others have pointed out it is essentially pasta with pesto, but I thought the snow peas added a lot, although asparagus or snap peas could be subbed in.

    • stockholm28 on February 21, 2019

      This was a good and quick dish and it is really just a variation of pasta with pesto, with pistachios in lieu of pine nuts, pecorino in lieu of parmesan, and snow peas for extra fiber and greenery. I only made 1/4 of the recipe as it turns out that one of those grocery store basil plants only produces 12 grams of leaves and the recipe calls for 50g. I didn’t think the snow peas brought much to the party (the basil overwhelmed their flavor), but that may be more attributable to the low quality of grocery store snow peas this time of year. I think I would prefer this with sugar snaps. I also used fusilli rather than trofie.

    • JJ2018 on May 13, 2019

      We really enjoyed this - quick to come together and fresh tasting. Added the slow roast tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon juice. Would make again would also make a nice pasta salad for a barbecue etc

  • Chicken Marbella

    • Astrid5555 on October 26, 2018

      Can be made ahead and just popped into the oven. Used date syrup instead of date molasses (not sure if they are the same). Loved the combination of dates and olives baked in the oven. Very happy husband.

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      I enjoyed this dish but I expected more, given the ingredients and the long marinating time. I will make again but not score the meat, as I thought it dried the chicken too much.

    • stockholm28 on February 16, 2019

      This was so easy for a weeknight meal, but my dates were completely burnt and so was the marinade. The chicken and flavors were good. Next time, I will use a slightly smaller pan so the chicken pieces are closer together. I used chicken thighs and they were done before the 50 minute mark. I should have checked about 10 minutes earlier.

    • Foodycat on September 25, 2018

      I used pomegranate molasses instead of date molasses or treacle. Given all the big flavours in this, it's actually quite subtle. And very nice.

    • Londonyankee on January 01, 2020

      This was disappointing. I like Martha Stewart’s chicken with dates, citrus, and olives much better, and it’s easier, too. I don’t feel the marinade did much of anything, and there were hardly any dates. The flavor was just too subtle compared to Martha’s, which is my go-to dinner party recipe, so I’ll stick with Martha on this one!

    • anya_sf on November 20, 2018

      I've only had this dish made with prunes before, never dates, and surprisingly really enjoyed the dates here. I used all chicken thighs and substituted pomegranate molasses for date. Delicious, will definitely make again.

    • domechef on March 31, 2019

      This really was a show-stopper. Served it at a dinner party and everybody couldn't stop raving about how good it was. Also, it is quite a forgiving recipe, so easy to scale up or down.

  • Burrata with chargrilled grapes and basil

    • Astrid5555 on October 12, 2019

      Made this as a dinner party starter and everyone asked for the recipe. Great make-ahead dish which comes together very quickly. Delicious!

    • joneshayley on February 13, 2020

      Very impressed with the flavour to effort ratio for this. A complex and layered dish that’s prepared and served on minimal time. Beautiful.

    • anya_sf on December 02, 2018

      I used the full amount of grapes but half of everything else and thought the proportions were good, but I think you could adjust to your own preference or how much you have on hand. My skewers were long and didn't fit on my grill pan, so I used a griddle. I suspect a grill pan (or real grill) would impart even more flavor, but this worked. The combination of flavors was fantastic. The presentation was also quite lovely, making this a good (and easy) option for a dinner party.

    • sscholl on January 27, 2019

      I made this for a gathering of girlfriends after work, so opted to marinate the grapes overnight and just removed them to a skillet with a slotted spoon when I got to the gathering and poured them and the marinade over the burrata. Great flavors, tastes upscale and complex and not the usual appetizer. It got great reviews from my friends.

  • Blueberry, almond and lemon cake

    • Astrid5555 on September 12, 2019

      Delicious, even with skin-on coarsely ground almonds, which was all I had on hand. Usually I do not like icing on loaf cakes, but as already mentioned this one made the cake even more lemony. Very quick to make, too.

    • SugarTreeBaking on May 20, 2020

      Oh my! I missed the errata mentioning the missing baking powder. Without it, I have a flat loaf with little rise and not much texture.

    • FJT on May 13, 2019

      This cake tastes lovely. Mine was a bit chewy, probably because the only ground almonds I could find were ground with their skins on and were very coarsely ground. Will definitely make again when I can find some better ground almonds!

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      I have many good blueberry and lemon cake recipes but this one is a standout. Superb.

    • stockholm28 on April 27, 2020

      Very good flavor and nice and moist. I like how some of the blueberries are added part way into baking. There is a very similar recipe in ”Sweet” for lemon blueberry almond teacakes and I prefer that recipe.

    • joneshayley on April 23, 2020

      Really easy and delicious cake.

    • bwhip on October 27, 2018

      This cake turned out great for us. A lovely combination of sweetness and lemony flavor. Unusual method - baking at 400 degrees, and after 15 minutes you put more blueberries on top of the cake (which makes a lot of sense, so they don't all sink to bottom). The temperature gives the cake a nice brown and crispy perimeter. Delicious.

    • etcjm on February 05, 2019

      Lovely. Please do the icing, it adds extra lemonyness. I used frozen blueberries, since they are always there for overnight oats. Added about 20 minutes to the cooking time. I will do with fresh next time, because I think both the texture and keeping quality was hindered because of using frozen, hence it's not brilliant on day 2 but still edible. Very easy and no doubt will be get knocked together on a regular basis, great for elevenses at work and packed lunch!

  • Roasted beetroot with yoghurt and preserved lemon

    • apattin on July 08, 2019

      It was yummy but needed more acid and saltiness. Maybe because I only used the rind of the preserved lemons? I should know better than alter an Ottolenghi recipe :))

    • Poppyseedbagel on April 02, 2020

      Coronavirus recipe, using what we had in, so less dill than recipe specified. Still excellent though. Cooked beetroot after peeling in a tray under foil, much less faff.

    • ChefBeccs on November 24, 2019

      I used pre cooked beetroot in vacuum pack

  • Vanilla custard with roasted strawberries and rhubarb

    • lilham on September 30, 2018

      A simple and delicious pudding for children, and anyone who loves custard. I used frozen rhubarb instead of fresh. The recipe was written for 8-10 people. I made half for 3 adults, a 7 and a 3 year old. Ottolenghi must eat very small portions of pudding. We could have done with a full recipe between 5 of us.

    • raybun on March 16, 2019

      I absolutely loved this recipe. Rhubarb isn’t available yet so made the sumac roasted strawberries from the same book to top the custards with. I got 4 deep ramekins & the two crème brûlée dishes in the photo. Served slightly warm, divine!

  • Roasted asparagus with almonds, capers and dill

    • aargle on November 14, 2019

      Loved this. Very quick dish to prepare and had lovely flavours and textures.

    • FJT on November 06, 2018

      Really tasty recipe.

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A lovely combination. Works well as a side with fish.

    • Rutabaga on April 19, 2020

      As others have said, this is a great combination. Something a little unexpected with asparagus, and everything comes together beautifully. It was a great Easter side dish.

    • anya_sf on April 17, 2020

      I substituted a smaller amount of tarragon for the dill. The asparagus was delicious. There was a generous amount of topping.

    • Huongey on May 20, 2020

      The almonds and capers fried in butter is life changing. I throw it on top of different veggies, rice, and grilled meat.

  • Pumpkin, saffron and orange soup

    • aargle on August 03, 2019

      I have made many versions of pumpkin soup over the years and this has definitely become my new favourite. I didn’t have rose harissa (have now procured) so used normal harissa. Beautiful flavour and silky texture. Will repeat.

    • Rinshin on January 31, 2019

      I often find these pumpkin based soup recipes to be so thick that is is more like a mash to me and have to add much more liquid to make them more creamy textured soups like potage. I had to add about a cup of liquid for the half a recipe. That said, this soup has a very lovely flavor and I can really taste the orange flavor coming through. Reduced the amount of harissa to only a tsp and the heat was there only as a background note for spice adverse family member. It took almost 50 min to fully caramelize the kabocha pieces that was used and onion slices. I wish I had added some salt to the maple syrup mixture because baked kabocha seeds needed it but sprinkling salt after coming out of the oven does not work well. Salt mostly slips off. Photo posted.

    • cultus.girl on June 22, 2019

      Outstanding soup. Pumpkin soup can be so ordinary however this is elevated with the flavours and the cream.

    • Frogcake on October 21, 2018

      Great flavours here and it’s easy to make. I’m having a devil of a time finding rose harissa in Ottawa Canada. So I used a tablespoon of good quality harissa instead. Still a refreshing, fantastic soup!

    • Boffcat on October 04, 2018

      I made this using butternut squash - the soup has a good texture and a lovely combination of flavours, and the pumpkin seeds are addictive. (Don't ignore the instruction to bake them on parchment though; I cooked them directly in a tin and had to chisel them off as the maple syrup coating had set like cement!)

  • Spiced 'shepherd's pie' with butterbean crust

    • aargle on September 16, 2019

      My family all loved this and demolished it in one sitting despite using 900grams of mince. I used normal harissa which was fine. We all loved the butter bean topping but found I had to add a little more liquid in the form of a little lemon juice and water to make it mashable. A definite repeat.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Really really good combination of flavours. I have made just the mince part and also with lamb shanks I liked it so much! Not so much the bean topping, it was a bit dry. Also left out the olives after the first time as I don't think they added anything.

    • VineTomato on February 28, 2019

      I loved this. We made a vegan version using soya mince and it was so good! I only slightly mashed the butterbeans, in the recipe it says to let the mince set in the fridge for half an hour to make it easier to spread the beans. With soya mince it just wouldn't work which why I left them a bit more whole and spreadable. Divine! It doesn't even need cheese on top! The apricots were absolutely delicious.

    • sosayi on July 15, 2019

      Delicious pie, and the use of beans as a crust was far preferable to the typical potato topping. Did not use the rose harissa, just a regular, mild, harissa and was fine with that decision. Will make again.

  • Puy lentils with aubergine, tomatoes and yoghurt

    • FJT on November 11, 2018

      This was delicious; used marjoram instead of oregano because that is what I had on hand. Will definitely make again.

    • JennyHay on January 28, 2019

      Good served as a side with lamb cutlets.

  • Puy lentil and aubergine stew

    • FJT on February 10, 2020

      Reading the other notes on this recipe and tasting the stew as it cooked, I decided to add some chilli flakes before the end of the cooking time and was so glad I did. This was quite tasty, but not up to the standard of the many other recipes I’ve made from this book. Also, I added much less water than stated.

    • VineTomato on March 08, 2019

      I've just read EmmaJaneDay's review of this recipe and am disappointed to say we didn't have the same experience. We thought it was lacking flavour, very bland and boring. The sprinkle of dried urfa flakes puzzled me but I went with it - I should have gone with my instinct to gentle heat them in a little oil and then drizzle. Served with Israeli cous cous (our favourite part!)

    • EmmaJaneDay on October 15, 2018

      Oh my, this was divine. Even my DH, who does not like lentils, nor does he like eggplant, thought this was delicious! I'm afraid to try this a second time for fear it won't taste as good!!

    • sosayi on July 15, 2019

      I'm more on the side with EmmaJaneDay... we found this delicious. Served with yogurt in place of creme fraiche.

    • Lsblackburn1 on November 09, 2019

      A perfect weeknight option for a cozy fall dinner. The flavors didn’t exactly knock my socks off, but my husband really loved it. Served this with bread and Brie which was lovely dunked in the stew.

    • katy1729 on August 20, 2019

      19/08/2019. Very tasty - had as main course with rice. Only criticism from my better half was that there was not much variation in texture. He would be happy to have it again, but perhaps as part of a meal rather than the main event.

  • Spinach and Gorgonzola-stuffed jacket potatoes

    • FJT on February 12, 2019

      I had some spinach to use up and some baking potatoes and this is the recipe that came up! I didn’t have Gorgonzola but, as Yotam said any cheese would do, I used garlic and herb Boursin and a little bit of Comte. Very easy to make and delicious. I didn’t even get the usual comments about “this would be so much better with bacon”.

    • Barb_N on March 21, 2019

      This only got an “i” for 10 ingredients or less, but a) you can bake the potatoes ahead, b) it’s ‘lazyday’ and ‘easier than you think’ in my opinion [imle] . I baked the potatoes the night before, and heated them up in the oven before scooping out the innards. I did not top with toasted walnuts, instead choosing to sprinkle the walnuts over a side salad of baby arugula, shaved fennel, carrot, cucmber and beet. ETA this flavor profile is by far my favorite of several twice baked stuffed potato recipes I’ve made.

    • Foodycat on September 23, 2018

      I bought cream and forgot to add it. Didn't miss it! Would have benefitted from a bit of garlic or some chives beaten in to the potato, but otherwise lovely. And half a potato is definitely plenty for a side dish.

    • anya_sf on December 03, 2018

      I baked the potatoes and made the filling ahead of time, then stuffed and reheated them at 350 for 30-40 min. Skipped the walnuts as they were a side dish and didn't need to be richer. My family loved them. I agree that some garlic or chives would be a nice addition.

    • Ro_ on January 15, 2020

      This was a little long, but very nice, if not outstanding. I think the suggestion in another note of adding some garlic and/or chives woulld be a good one. Or even (contrary to another note) some bacon lardons!

  • Harissa and confit garlic roast potatoes

    • FJT on June 29, 2019

      Loved these! I substituted polenta for the semolina to make this dish gluten free. My husband would like me to make these every week!

    • ksg518 on April 29, 2019

      Very good. My garlic turned hard and bitter with the additional roasting time, but perhaps that was user error. I loved the harissa with the potatoes although I might cut back a little bit next time since my harissa is fairly spicy. I'll definitely try this again.

    • Rutabaga on April 19, 2020

      As one would expect, these were delicious. How could they not be? I made my garlic confit using bacon fat, as that was what I had on hand. Unsurprisingly, that was a great choice. My only disappointment was that I was a little low on rose harissa, so the flavor didn't come out as much as I would have likes, but at least this way my younger son was able to eat them without any concerns that they were too spicy.

    • Frogcake on October 25, 2018

      So good. Made garlic confit in advance. (Note to self: make double for other uses). I would be very happy eating just these potatoes for supper with a bit of tahini mayo on the side.

    • sosayi on July 15, 2019

      Absolutely loved these potatoes. Thanks to FJT for the note about polenta for GF, as my mother was visiting and I needed to make that sub. Will 100% make these again.

    • anya_sf on May 04, 2020

      I cut the potatoes slightly smaller (about 1.5") and could have boiled them slightly less, as they started to break apart. I made half the recipe and my family of 3 devoured it all (teenage son ate half). Made with Belazu rose harissa, the potatoes were very flavorful, not spicy. My son insists I make these again soon, so now I need to order more rose harissa.

    • ChefBeccs on November 26, 2019

      Elevates the humble potato side dish to the most talked about plate on the table!

  • Grilled lamb fillet with almonds and orange blossom

    • FJT on June 29, 2019

      This was really good despite me mistakenly ditching the marinade instead of reducing it as a sauce (I got distracted with guests arriving). Didn’t seem to matter, but it would probably have been even better had I managed to follow the recipe properly.

    • Jesmondgirl on April 04, 2020

      Was really nervous about this as I have always thought of lamb neck fillets as something which requires slow cooking. I was nervous that simply searing and cooking in the oven for a few minutes would result in tough meat. I should have trusted Ottolenghi ! It was both rare and superbly tender.

  • Fettuccine with spiced cherry tomato sauce

    • FJT on August 21, 2019

      Delicious and relatively easy to make. I left the ancho chilli in quite large pieces in case I wanted to take it out, so it didn't really break down as the recipe described; I popped everything in the blender at the end of the cooking time and blitzed it into a smooth sauce. We loved this which is just as well because I made a double quantity!

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Also subbed in smoked paprika and added some dried chilli flakes. Works best with fresh cherry tomatoes, lacked a bit of something when I made it with tinned tomatoes.

    • lean1 on December 24, 2018

      Very easy. Use fresh basil.

  • Chopped salad with tahini and za'atar

    • FJT on June 29, 2019

      Lovely salad to serve alongside just about anything. I chargrilled my red peppers because my husband won’t eat them raw, but otherwise followed the recipe faithfully. Will definitely make again.

    • ncollyer on March 24, 2019

      Delicious and easy to throw together. Looked as good as it tasted.

    • Rutabaga on March 28, 2019

      This is a great chopped salad, really fresh and flavorful. I used cherry tomatoes and substituted white wine vinegar for the lemon juice. My husband especially liked it, and this will be the perfect picnic salad come summer.

  • Roasted baby carrots with harissa and pomegranate

    • FJT on June 29, 2019

      Made with normal harissa as I couldn’t find rose harissa. This was a definite hit with my guests and I will make it again.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Have never managed to make this with pomegranate seeds (or rose harissa - difficult to find in Melbourne) but otherwise very good. Works fine with sliced regular carrots.

    • cjross on October 21, 2018

      Would absolutely make this again soon. Used agave instead of honey since I was feeding it to my baby and didn't have cilantro so I used mint. Nice easy recipe.

    • saarwouters on September 16, 2018

      Easy and very delicious! Just mix everything toghether and put it in the oven. The kids loved this too.

    • Frogcake on October 28, 2018

      Excellent! I roasted a huge pile of carrots and sweet potato wedges (I doubled the recipe for the sweet potato), and they were gobbled up between the three of us with rave reviews. ( I was hoping to send leftovers back with my son. ) Served with grilled steaks and a lovely sprouts salad. ( I finally found some rose harissa in st Jovite!)

    • anya_sf on December 03, 2018

      The carrots were delicious; the rose harissa wasn't too spicy for my son. While the pomegranate seeds went fine with the carrots, I'm not sure they added that much, so I wouldn't hesitate to make this again without the pomegranate.

    • kateroni on December 28, 2018

      Delicious! Love the sweet from the honey and spicy rose harissa. Have made multiple times already. Made once without pomegranate seeds and didn't really miss them.

    • ChefBeccs on April 18, 2020

      Absolutely delicious! Amazing flavour combination. Kids loved. Used standard carrots and standard harissa. Kept the pomegranate as it looks festive and provides a textural pop but you could easily leave our. I didn’t have any coriander and it was still lovely

  • Sumac-roasted strawberries with yoghurt cream

    • FJT on July 09, 2019

      I just made the strawberries, not the strained and sweetened yoghurt. Next time I would reduce the sugar in the strawberries too, because they really didn’t need that much (I used 60g). This was excellent served with plain, unsweetened Greek yoghurt.

    • Yildiz100 on March 01, 2019

      Surprisingly delicious. Two small tweaks. Start draining the yogurt much earlier to get it really thick (the recipe is too optimistic). And add sugar AFTER yogurt is drained

    • KarinaFrancis on August 31, 2019

      I’m seriously in love with this dish! I’ve made it twice in the last 2 weeks. I added a dash (1/2 tsp) of rosewater the second time and it worked well. Served it with almond bread and it benefited from the crunch. I’m going to make this again and again even if I serve it with ordinary yougurt or even ice cream.

    • puddlemere on May 27, 2019

      I took a few liberties with this recipe--I didn't bother straining the yogurt and didn't have mint or a vanilla bean. The sumac-strawberry combination is really good!

  • No-churn raspberry ice cream

    • FJT on June 29, 2019

      Relatively easy to make once you’ve managed to force the raspberry purée through the sieve (that bit took longer than expected!). Lovely creamy taste and the reserved purée made it zing. Perfect dessert for this heat wave.

  • Sweet and salty cheesecake with cherries

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      I loved the crumble and the compote very much. Unusual flavours, perfect for a special occasion given that it can all be made well ahead. I found the feta in the cheesecake too lumpy so I substituted with the Set Cheesecake recipe from Plenty More. A delicious dessert with a difference.

    • Foodycat on September 30, 2018

      It's a very good combination, and even though there are several components they are all pretty easy to bring together. But while it says it serves 6-8, the cheesecake component served 5, the cherries 6 and we will be eating the nutty crumble topping for weeks to come. So next time I will make 1.5 quantities of the cheesecake and half the crumble. I will make it again though, my husband asked for seconds which is very unusual.

    • shoffmann on January 20, 2019

      I was uncertain about the cheesecake element of this. I was able to work the feta enough that it wasn't lumpy, but alone the flavor was a bit odd. However, when combined with the cherries and crumble it worked and was quite tasty. This worked well as a make ahead dessert.

    • BasicStock on October 26, 2018

      Delicious! I was craving cheesecake, and this was a very satisfactory substitute, cheesecake deconstructed. Made it all the day before. I leaned more heavily on the cherries and would make double the amount for one quantity of the cheesecake mixture. Agree that there is a lot of crumble and half the amount would have worked. Both crumble and cherry leftovers would be great with yogurt for breakfast though!

    • etcjm on January 19, 2019

      Not for us. Couldn't get the feta smooth which meant it was an odd texture. Compote and crumble nice but I have a feeling the leftovers of the cheesecake element will end up in the bin. Sorry yotam. First thing I've made from this book so a bit disappointed.

  • Seeded chicken schnitzel

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      I used chicken tenderloins which worked well. A lovely crunchy coating.

    • joneshayley on April 19, 2020

      Loved this! Easy to prepare and cook. The crust is flavourful and crunchier than any other schnitzel I’ve made, Loved by everyone who ate them.

    • Zosia on October 19, 2018

      Family really enjoyed this variation on a schnitzel. The coating was very crisp and nutty and delicious but it was also more involved than I anticipated and it took me quite a bit longer than 30 min to get this dish to table; I think the suggestion to make the breadcrumb mixture to keep on hand is a good one. My 4 chicken breasts weighed 1100g, almost double what the recipe states but there was enough coating for all. I served this with the tomato, chard and spinach dish from the same book.

    • Rutabaga on June 10, 2019

      This is a delicious variation on schnitzel, but be sure to serve with lemon wedges, as I found the coating rather dry on its own. Since the kids aren't big fans of "seeds", I also cooked plain chicken for them. While I used almost twice the amount of chicken called for, there was still, as others have noted, a lot of breadcrumbs left over. Next time, I would set half of the crumbs aside so that they could be safely stored for future use.

    • e_ballad on March 28, 2019

      Unlike some of the other recipes in the book that are still relatively lengthy to prepare, this is a very quick dish to make. We weren’t as taken with the flavour as some of the other reviewers.

    • anya_sf on May 05, 2020

      I cooked 3 large chicken breasts, one with a tender, so I cut that into 4 pieces. Trying to conserve eggs, I found that 1 egg was just enough to dip all the pieces. There was at least twice as much breadcrumb mixture as needed. The coating turned out super crunchy (even after keeping warm in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes) and pretty tasty. The lemon really helped boost the flavor. I thought it could use a little extra salt.

    • mgmcewen on October 21, 2018

      We've made this twice and love it! The coating mix though makes waaay too much coating for the number of chicken breasts. I recommend starting with half for dipping so if you don't use it all you can save to use in the future.

    • hannah_n on March 20, 2019

      I've made this once and it was a real crowd-pleaser! I made plenty of extra coating, and have stored it in a jar in the pantry for next time. I found the recommended cooking time for the schnitzels was too long - I overcooked my first batch - so I'd suggest keeping an eye on it while it cooks. I can't wait to eat this again.

  • Carrot salad with yoghurt and cinnamon

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A very easy side for any meat. I served the yoghurt mix in a separate bowl as one guest was lactose intolerant. It still worked a treat.

    • Rutabaga on February 14, 2019

      This is a good way to dress up carrots. I used small to medium-sized carrots, sliced lengthwise into halves and quarters, but they took much longer to steam than indicated in the recipe. After 20 minutes, I thought they were finally ready, but realized when I served them that they were still nearly raw. That was OK, but we would have preferred them to be a bit softer. Maybe next time I'll make sure the water is boiling more rapidly.

    • raybun on March 25, 2019

      I was really surprised by how much I liked this. Carrots & cinnamon, who would have thought of putting them together?! Went very well with a Simple vegetarian meal I put together.

  • Butterbean mash with muhammara

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A very tasty dip indeed. I did remove the skins of the capsicum, because I like the smoothness and I like the smokey flavour it adds. I also served the Avocado and broad bean mash (page 106). They went very well together with lots of brushetta and the colours looked great.

    • joneshayley on February 15, 2020

      The mash is delightful, could serve it with anything. The pepper dip a little sweet for me - I'd increase the chilli flakes next time. Another easy light lunch.

    • Allie80 on August 18, 2019

      Really tasty and very simple. The red pepper muhammara was deliciously smokey and the walnuts gave a really interesting flavour and texture. It had a nice warmth to it but not too spicy even for those who can’t tolerate much heat. The butter bean mash didn’t have loads of flavour of its own so definitely needed the muhammara, if I was serving just the butter bean mash I’d probably want to add some roasted garlic or something to it for additional flavour.

    • Ro_ on January 30, 2020

      I was using fresh walnuts, and while deshelling them some shards of shell obviously snuck into the pile of nuts, which ended up like little hard stones in the red pepper dip. There was also a weird taste to the muhammara, giving the benefit of the doubt I suppose it must have come from the bits of shell too. The butterbean mash was nice (I used haricots blancs) but not particularly outstanding. These notes are for my own benefit rather than pointing out a fault in the recipe, but even with my own mistakes I didn't love the basic textures/flavours of this to want to make it again correctly.

    • etcjm on April 11, 2019

      The mash is so lovely and smooth and so easy. I can't eat potato so this for me was brilliant. The red pepper dip is very unusual, not what was expected but then I hadn't tasted it before. We all trust Yotam though! It was relatively easy and worked well with the lamb. The walnuts gave a different texture and I'd almost be tempted to try it without next time. Definitely will cook again.

  • Avocado and broad bean mash

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A perfect summer dip with a difference. I also served the butterbean mash with muhammara (page 107). They went very well together with lots of brushetta and the colours looked great.

    • KarinaFrancis on August 31, 2019

      Another win from this book! Lush, delicious and pretty easy to make (podding broadbeans isn’t difficult, just a bit time consuming). The broad bean flavour works beautifully with the creamy avocado. It doesn’t make a huge amount, so take advice from etcjm and double it if you have a few people coming.

    • etcjm on April 11, 2019

      I loved this, but I LOVE broad beans. I think my other half found it quite strong at first but then it grew on him. Same as jennyhay I cooked this alongside the butterbean mash and muhammara. They make very different amounts. I could eat this amount myself so if you think it's going to be a hit with your audience just double and enjoy the leftovers for lunch!

    • domechef on June 24, 2019

      Awesome! Amazing how a combination of few ingredients can create something this glorious. Would repeat for sure. Soon!

  • Cucumber and lamb's lettuce salad

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A different fresh dressing.

    • Ro_ on January 15, 2020

      I found this salad a little dry - lamb's lettuce can be a little papery, plus all the chopped herbs etc. There really wasn't enough of the dressing (and I followed the amounts of everything religiously) next time I'd make double or even triple the amount of dressing in order to taste it more and render the salad less dry.

    • jgreenheck on September 16, 2019

      I found the ginger to be over powering. Was that just me?

  • Tomato and bread salad with anchovies and capers

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      A different take on the Italian bread and tomato salad. Works well.

    • Kinhawaii on September 26, 2019

      We loved this variation too, will definitely make again.

  • Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with mint and cumin

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      I used the marinade paste only, and didn't include the vegetables. Flavours were superb. This is now my new go to marinade for slow roasted lamb shoulder.

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      This is definitely a recipe to read first - overnight marination and then 6.5 hours cooking. The celeriac in the dish is great and I think adds a lot of flavour, but I didn't love the marinade paste.

    • knittingfrog on September 21, 2019

      Made the recipe with no change. Thoroughly disappointed. I was expecting aromatic flavours but what I got was... Reminiscent of grass clippings with nowhere near enough salt. And no juice despite an excellent seal (I scalded my hand with the steam when I opened it up). Oh Yotam how could you do this to me?

    • Ro_ on January 12, 2020

      Oh, this was so disappointing! I made the marinade and thought it seemed delicious, I love the idea of loads of mint, lemon and cumin/coriander with lamb. I nurtured it through the first few hours of cooking, basting etc and everything looked fine. But I took my eye off the ball towards the end, and didn't check on it because I was doing other stuff - it ended up completley dried out, the outside and the veg totally burnt with no juices left in the pan. I used a 1.4kg lamb shoulder and had reduced the cooking times accordingly, but even so it wasn't enough to save it. What a shame, I do partly blame myself for not checking and removing it from the oven earlier, but I do think the recipe should have pointed out that during the last 1.5 hours of cooking time without the foil, a close eye needs to be kept on it.

    • etcjm on April 11, 2019

      I used the marinade as well with a leg of lamb cooked for 2 hours. It was good. Not sure it's what I'd go to next time but it might be different with the shoulder. The leftovers had the flavour of mint, but surprisingly the small amount of fenugreek came through which I didn't particularly like.

  • Spring roast chicken with preserved lemon

    • JennyHay on December 27, 2018

      Simple to prepare and the flavours are subtle. I used a different roasting method.

    • Barb_N on April 03, 2019

      If Lemony Snicket had a signature dish, this would be it. It is lemony, salty and simple to prepare. I roasted it on top of tiny new potatoes and served with roasted vegetables (carrots, spring onions and quartered mushrooms) despite my plan to make another Ottolenghi recipe. It doesn’t say so in the recipe, but the photo shows a halved lemon in the cavity- something necessary to prevent the breasts from drying out during roasting.

    • Ro_ on January 20, 2020

      This was super-lemony and really delicious. It went down really well. I put foil over the chicken for part of the cooking time, as it looked like it was going to burn on the top. 90m in the oven for a 1.9kg chicken was perfect, the bird stayed really juicy and moist.

  • Sweet potato chips

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      Good flavours, but not crispy enough for me.

    • KarinaFrancis on March 16, 2019

      I made these to go with the miso lime chicken, so I sprinkled them with togarashi instead of the paprika. They were delicious but they didn’t crisp up for me either. I’d still make them again

    • cjross on October 19, 2018

      Yummy. The polenta added a nice crunch. I felt the garlic tasted burnt and would use garlic powder next time. Appreciated the directions on how to make this ahead of time.

    • shoffmann on February 25, 2019

      These tasted good, but the texture was a bit odd.

    • Frogcake on October 20, 2018

      Delicious crunchy coating! I’ve also used this on Yukon gold wedges.

    • Ro_ on February 05, 2020

      I think this is probably the only recipe I've tried for sweet potato fries, and I thought it was pretty good (younger family member really liked it, my partner a little less so). The flavours and spicing were good, and there was an element of crunch on the outside, however next time I'd try cooking them on (tightly spaced) wire rack to get them even more crunchy.

    • JJ2018 on March 08, 2019

      These were really tasty. Didn’t go as crispy as I would hope but would definitely make again as tasty quick side.

    • robertofwine on March 11, 2019

      Also didn't turn out particularly crispy for me, but I wasn't able to cook on the heat indicated as there was something else in the oven. Will try again for sure; overall they are a quick and yummy side dish.

  • Couscous, cherry tomato and herb salad

    • JennyHay on December 26, 2018

      I really loved this combination for couscous. The ras el hanout I use has nice bite which adds to the dish. It was even better the next day heated slightly. I served it with the Lamb and Feta Meatballs (page 204)

    • Lepa on October 23, 2018

      This was fussy to pull together and completely lacking in flavor. I took it to a book club and nobody ate much. The dish needed more flavor, more dressing and probably some acid or cheese to bring the flavors together. As written, it's a bit of a dud.

    • katy1729 on August 11, 2019

      First time making this recipe, so I followed the quantities rather than guessing! Great. The almonds are a very nice touch. Would definitely make again. Served with the turkey & courgette burgers on this occasion.

  • Thai sticky rice with crispy ginger, chilli and peanuts

    • JennyHay on April 12, 2019

      I used Vietnamese mint instead of coriander and absolutely loved the dish. Served it with the Miso chicken on page 230. A superb combination.

    • anya_sf on July 03, 2019

      I cooked the sticky rice in the rice cooker so I didn't have to monitor it. The topping was not a winner for me - coriander stems were too chewy and the flavor was lacking something (salt?). I might try it again with coriander leaves or mint as suggested by JennyHay, and would definitely add more salt. I used red Thai chilies which were quite spicy, which I liked, but my son couldn't eat, so I'll substitute a milder chile next time.

  • New potatoes with peas and coriander

    • ncollyer on March 24, 2019

      Lovely combination of flavours. The preserved lemon worked really well with the peas and cilantro.

    • Lepa on December 01, 2018

      This was not very good and certainly not worth all the extra effort.

    • raybun on March 18, 2019

      I really enjoyed this, and it went very well with the spring chicken from the same book. I used half a small preserved lemon, and the salt/acid balance was perfect.

  • Oven chips with oregano and feta

    • twoyolks on April 30, 2020

      This seems like it's inspired by a "loaded-fries" recipe but it falls a bit flat. There's way too much salt on the fries (particularly with the cheese). I liked the cheese but the cheese doesn't really stick to the fries so it's hard to eat together. I will say that the oven fries got quite crispy which is unusual.

    • sshieff on April 20, 2019

      This has become a time-and-again favorite. I par-cook the spuds, toss with semolina and a little salt and roast very hot (see Nigella Lawson's best-ever roast potatoes in "Feast"). We use fresh and/or dried oregano, depending on the season - and salt to taste. Of all recipes, this one is a blue-print rather than an instruction. Use your imagination, and remember Samin Nosrat's advice about salt - the feta will add a layer, so add as much table salt as you think will suit your own preferences. You can always add more later.

    • Rutabaga on May 01, 2020

      These fries are indeed very crisp, especially the leftovers, which I reheated in the oven the next day. I found the salt to be about right, but that will depend on the saltiness of your feta, which I find varies greatly among different brands. Chopped fresh oregano added a relatively mild herbal note, but I think the sharper taste of dried would also be welcome. They remind me of the feta fries we used to get at a local fast food Greek restaurant in college.

    • riley on November 25, 2018

      I was disappointed with this recipe. Really thought it would be a favorite. Little too salty (I'm a salt addict) and a little too much oregano. The individual ingredients are flavors I love, but it just didn't sing when combined. Edible, not terrible, but not going to crave.

  • Brown rice with caramelised onions and black garlic

    • meggan on July 15, 2019

      Delicious and healthy - we added soft boiled eggs.

    • e_ballad on June 11, 2019

      A tasty side dish that really shows off the flavour of the black garlic. I don’t think the drizzle of Greek yoghurt added a great deal to the dish.

    • Skamper on May 01, 2020

      Very umami. Made a half batch as lunch for two, using leftover brown rice. I omitted the yogurt and topped with a fried egg to up the protein, but it really needs an acid or spicy note to counter the sweetness of the onions and black garlic (first time using)

  • Herby courgettes and peas and semolina porridge

    • Nossovitzky on May 19, 2019

      Tarragon with zucchini and peas is great - would make that bit to go over pasta I think, the semolina's texture was too similar and everything was a bit soft.

    • Jojobuch on April 28, 2020

      Liked the flavors in this - the pine nuts add a bit of a contrast texture-wise

  • Garry's stir-fried cabbage with garlic and chilli

    • Yildiz100 on May 13, 2019

      Tasty, but I would like it better if the cabbage leaves were chopped slightly smaller rather than just ripped in half.

    • cjross on October 21, 2018

      As the description says, this is a quick way to eat a lot of cabbage!

    • kitchen_chick on July 22, 2019

      I chopped the cabbage into smaller pieces (but still on the large size), and I added the thickest pieces to the wok first. I also used some pickled piquante and slightly sweet chiles because I didn’t have any fresh red chiles on hand, and it was delicious.

  • Stuffed courgettes with pine nut salsa

    • KarinaFrancis on February 06, 2020

      Really liked these, especially the salsa which gave it a nice brightness. Next time I'll up the quantities of the salsa. We subbed brioche for the sourdough, which might have messed with the texture a little but we were happy with the flavour. Will make it again very soon with sourdough.

    • kitchen_chick on May 03, 2020

      I used a vegan "parmesan" and it worked just fine! I also used panko because I didn't have any bread. When I use panko as a sub for breadcrumbs, I always use somewhat less than the recipe calls for by weight and add a little bit of water (less than you think you'll need), mix it up, and let it sit a bit to absorb the water so it can mimic fresh breadcrumbs. I did have to cook my zucchini longer than the recipe says, and I ended up using the broiler to brown the top.

  • Butternut squash with sweetcorn salsa, feta and pumpkin seeds

    • EmilyR on September 04, 2019

      This comes together quite easily and is an interesting riff on a Mexican style feta corn. The lime juice is key.

    • e_ballad on November 29, 2018

      Corn & butternut squash wouldn’t be a combination that would typically spring to mind, but this was delicious!

    • tmitra on September 29, 2019

      A great choice for late summer/early fall!

    • JJ2018 on October 01, 2019

      Added some chorizo to it.

    • domechef on March 31, 2019

      Pleasantly surprised at how good this was! The flavor is subtle but spot on, and the various textures are also awesome. Wouldn't change a thing.

  • Pizza bianca with potato, anchovy and sage

    • stockholm28 on February 21, 2019

      This is pizza topped with a cheese mixture (mascarpone, romano, anchovy, sage, lemon zest, and black pepper), green onions, and thinly sliced roasted potatoes. It is very rich. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I would have liked more dough with a slightly thinner spread of the cheese.

    • Rutabaga on December 08, 2018

      This pizza is absolutely delicious. What makes it simple, in my opinion, is that the different components can be easily prepared in advance. I doubled the recipe, which was just the right amount to make one big pizza using a half sheet pan. Possibly because of the size, it took almost 20 minutes to fully bake. Since my potatoes had started to turn green, I peeled them. Even though I weighed them after peeling to be sure I had the right amount, I felt I could have used just a little more. I also used only about half the amount of sage called for, as I was afraid the flavor would be overpowering. But in retrospect, I think the full amount would have been fine, as it was pretty mild. I didn't have anchovies, but used a couple of tablespoons of leftover anchovy oil from the jar.

    • Lepa on January 21, 2019

      This was very good but if I make it again I'll make more dough (like the other poster) and make it into a proper pizza. The recipe as written had only enough dough for two tiny, very thin little squares. There also weren't enough potatoes for the topping and I used 8 oz of potatoes instead of the 6 oz. called for in the recipe. The flavor combination- and especially the cheese/sage/anchovy spread- was delicious so I think it's worth working out the kinks.

  • Fishcake tacos with mango, lime and cumin yoghurt

    • cjross on October 24, 2018

      Used tilapia for the fish. Turned out well. Would make again.

    • lou_weez on October 29, 2018

      Used lemon as I didn't have any limes and also served with lettuce. Nice enough for a summer meal and I would make it again because it was so quick and easy.

  • Ricotta and oregano meatballs

    • Rinshin on March 12, 2019

      Did not have problems of crumbly texture, but had problems with meatballs sticking using non-stick frying pan and abandoned frying in favor of baking them in 400f oven for about 25 min. These meatballs have sticky texture when raw due to fair amount of ricotta and parmesan cheese. Even with baking, there was some sticking. Loved the taste of the sauce which was very different from regular marinara because of chicken stock addition. The final dish was well balanced in flavor and meatballs had excellent texture and taste. Some might find the meatballs a little too soft in texture but we loved the texture served alone in a sauce like this. Because very soft textured, these meatballs need to be handled very, very gently.

    • Rachaelsb on November 22, 2019

      Yum! Meatballs had great texture and flavor. Sauce was differently delicious.

    • cultus.girl on October 27, 2018

      This is a lovely recipe with beautiful flavour. Next time I would use breadcrumbs made from Italian bread which have a bit of “body”. My balls were a little crumbly.

    • Silverscreensuppers on December 04, 2018

      I thought these were delicious. Boyfriend made the sauce while I made the meatballs which was fun. I used breadcrumbs from homemade walnut bread which gave the balls a perfect texture I thought. Yummy!

    • Ro_ on January 24, 2020

      These were lovely. I had to reduce the cooking time a little as pressed for time, but I don't think they suffered for it. The texture was great, very moist. No problems with breaking up in the pan. I should have added more salt though to the meatball mix.

    • kateroni on December 28, 2018

      I made this for dinner for my husband and young kiddos, and it was a huge hit! Possibly our most favourite new recipe we've tried in months. The meatballs were a great texture, and the sauce was delicious. Bookmarking it as solid recipe to serve guests (as I can do most of the prep etc in advance, have the meatballs and sauce ready to cook before guests come).

  • Lamb bake with tahini sauce and tomatoes

    • Rachaelsb on November 08, 2019

      More work than I expected...I thought this was Ottolenghi Simple! But good, different not too heavy flavor -just make sure really squeeze vegetables well - mine didn't quite hold together as well as I hoped.

  • Gem lettuce with fridge-raid dressing

    • joneshayley on April 19, 2020

      Everyone loved this salad, the dressing especially. Even the children ate it with gusto

  • Courgette, thyme and walnut salad

    • joneshayley on April 19, 2020

      Brilliant salad - the walnuts add a delightful crunch, and the garlic lemon infused oil makes the dressing interesting and unusual.

  • Gnocchi alla Romana

    • joneshayley on April 19, 2020

      I found this relatively easy to make, and worth making as my whole family loved it. Effort to taste ratio is great as they were cheesy, salty and unctuous- looked beautiful too. I’d make this for family or for a dinner party. I’d make sure to use good cheese though.

    • anya_sf on April 11, 2020

      The gnocchi weren't hard to make, although the semolina thickened almost immediately upon mixing with the milk. Although the logs seemed somewhat loose and misshapen, they were easy to slice after chilling. We had this as a main with a crisp green salad, as suggested. Three of us nearly ate all of it. I quite liked it. My son only liked the broiled cheesy top parts; he wanted more cheese (and flavor) overall. Some rosemary might be nice in them.

  • Shallow-fried potatoes with rosemary and sumac

    • Zosia on November 05, 2018

      I'm not rating this recipe as I didn't follow the method, oven-roasting the potatoes instead. My family loves garlicky, herby, crispy potatoes and really enjoyed the bright citrus tang the sumac brought to this classic combination.

    • Rutabaga on February 14, 2019

      These well-seasoned potatoes are fried in plenty of oil (I used rice bran oil), so it would be hard not to like them. Although they require frequent stirring, they're still pretty low maintenance, as you can easily work on other dishes in between stirs. The flavor is great, but man, there is a lot of oil! I used about 50% more potatoes than called for, yet didn't increase the oil, and it was plenty. One benefit of all the oil, aside from taste, is that it helps prevent the potatoes from sticking, so you don't lose too many of the crispy bits.

    • Ro_ on January 20, 2020

      These were lovely. It was quite liberating to not peel the potatoes, and it added a nice texture to the dish. I didn't measure the oil and probably used less than the recommended quantity, it still turned out fine. The sumac added a subtle flavour at the end.

  • Tomato, chard and spinach with toasted almonds

    • Zosia on October 19, 2018

      The base tomato-chard recipe is good but the finishing touches of fresh spinach and herbs, the juice and zest of some limes, and toasted almonds make it quite special. I made the tomato-chard mixture the night before and reheated it just before it was needed, adding the remaining ingredients at the very end. I served it hot with the book's seeded chicken schnitzel.

    • EmmaJaneDay on May 17, 2020

      This was yum and easy to make. Will definitely be making this again

  • Pea, za'atar and feta fritters

    • Rutabaga on March 08, 2019

      These have a nice flavor and texture when cooked, but the batter was very soft and wet. I ended up pressing them into patties in a frying pan to cook, which was much easier than trying to form balls and deep frying them. They also took longer to cook than indicated in the recipe, maybe 10 to 15 minutes per patty. Surprisingly (to me, at least), my seven-year-old did not like them, even though he loves peas, which is too bad, because they were pretty easy to mix together in advance and both my husband and I enjoyed them.

    • LadyCJKT on February 22, 2019

      A delicious combination of ingredients and great with some salad for a light dinner. Pleasingly, these did not feel oily as deep fried foods can sometimes do. The remaining cooked fritters also kept well overnight in the fridge for lunch the next day. I will certainly make these again.

    • JJ2018 on April 14, 2019

      Absolutely delicious - the lemon zest is a must and really comes through. Looking to minimise mess I didn’t blend the peas at all so mine were a bit chunkier but not for the worse. I also didn’t have ricotta so subbed in a little mascarpone.

  • Tomato and cucumber raita

    • Rutabaga on October 09, 2019

      This is a versatile salad/side dish that would go well with a variety of Mediterranean food. We had it with pita and Anna Jones' roasted zucchini and chickpeas from A Modern Way to Cook. The chili/preserved lemon oil is delicious, but unfortunately the jalapeño I used was far hotter than I realized, making it extremely spicy. I served this on the side so that people could add the (somewhat overwhelmingly) flavorful oil to taste.

    • Jesmondgirl on February 27, 2020

      Didn’t have green chilliest so added a little zhoug to the yoghurt. Very tasty.

  • Grilled beef tomatoes with chilli, garlic and ginger

    • CallmeIshbel on October 26, 2018

      no beefsteak tomatoes, so used large truss, too much work for not enough flavour, maybe slow roasting would have made a difference

    • saarwouters on October 14, 2018

      This was absolutely delicious! I used regular tomatoes and white mustard seed. We ate them slightly cooled off, which was great.

  • Mustard-marinated kale with asparagus

    • CallmeIshbel on October 26, 2018

      Used baby kale and broadbeans, really tasty dish

  • Rose harissa chickpeas with flaked cod

    • klipper on February 20, 2019

      Great stuff - really simple to make but the rose harissa and preserved lemons give it a real depth of flavour. Definitely going on the rotation - also tasty & impressive enough for a dinner party. Winner!

    • kitchen_chick on July 18, 2019

      Nice and easy dinner. I added extra lemon juice at the end to add a more vibrant note to the dish.

    • anya_sf on May 09, 2019

      Since we were having it for dinner, I doubled the recipe, and only a little was left over. I worried that the preserved lemon would be too strong, so I did not double that, and was happy with the amount. I used half chicken stock, half water in place of vegetable broth. This was a quick weeknight meal, delicious with the suggested crusty bread and wilted greens.

    • jenniebakes on November 02, 2018

      This is an excellent dish - inexpensive, and by my reckoning actually simple, but with complex flavors. I made it using regular harissa, as I haven't found a source for rose harissa yet, but it was still savory and delicious. Unfortunately nobody else in my house will eat it, but I'll definitely make it again for lunch for myself - possibly regularly.

    • Richardbagnall on February 23, 2020

      This is easy to cook and quite delicious. Quick, easy and light on the washing up. Will impress for a dinner party as well as supper at home.

  • Bulgur with mushrooms and feta

    • Lepa on September 24, 2018

      This was pretty good but I didn't love it.

    • saarwouters on September 16, 2018

      Wonderful hearty dish with warm autumn flavours. Never ate bulghur like this before. I did add a bit more of the feta cheese.

    • Ro_ on January 21, 2020

      It turned out I didn't have enough bulgar, so I used a mix of bulgar wheat, brown rice and quinoa. I also didn't bother removing the onions and cumin from the dish before cooking the mushrooms, I just did it all together and it seemed fine. Overall, this was a nice dish, but without the feta it would have been a bit average.

  • Steamed courgettes with garlic and oregano

    • saarwouters on October 14, 2018

      Easy side dish with subtle and balanced flavours, despite the raw garlic.

  • Brunsli chocolate cookies

    • vfsalom on December 04, 2019

      The texture is wonderful, but the Chinese five spice is too savoury (containing onion powder!) and doesn't belong in a chocolate cookie at all. I'll be making this again but substituting mixed spice or a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg.

    • raybun on March 18, 2019

      They have a wonderful chewy texture, the orange zest & Chinese 5 spice really work together.

  • Aromatic olive oil mash

    • Frogcake on November 25, 2018

      We really enjoyed this mash, which I served with grilled flank steak. It’s very tasty and lighter than our usual fully-loaded mashed potato recipe. Will repeat. The drizzle would be lovely on any grilled vegetables also.

    • robertofwine on March 10, 2019

      Delicious with the Bridget Jones salmon recipe. Adds a nice mellow contrast to the sweet/salty salsa that tops the fish - but the olive oil links the two recipes. Needs a bit more seasoning if served on its own, but with the salty salsa it was perfect. Will definitely make again.

  • Lamb siniyah

    • kitchen_chick on September 06, 2019

      Wow! Delicious! It's a large dish for two people so I made the full stew amount, but transferred half to a souffle/baking dish and topped with 1/2 the tahini sauce to finish the baking. The other half I will freeze for a later dinner and finish with a fresh topping of tahini sauce when I use it. After the first 20 minutes of baking, I used the boiler to brown the top to shave some time off the cooking.

    • Boffcat on October 04, 2018

      Delicious. I wondered at first whether there might be an omission in the recipe - it tells you to "bring to a boil" and then simmer a mixture that contains no liquid - but the tomatoes gave off plenty of liquid as the dish cooked.

  • Tomatoes with sumac onions and pine nuts

    • kitchen_chick on September 16, 2019

      I don't care for a lot of raw onion-y flavor (mainly because I don't want to taste raw onions three hours later!), so I used only a very small amount of shallot for a hint of that flavor. My basil leaves were very large, so I also sliced the basil into a "wide chiffonade". Nice salad. I do like the toasted pine nuts with tomatoes.

    • anya_sf on October 25, 2018

      This was good, but not my favorite tomato salad. I'd use fewer shallots next time.

  • Watermelon, green apple and lime salad

    • kitchen_chick on July 12, 2019

      Love this salad - so fresh and perfect for summer! The tart apples and lime make this work. The lemongrass adds a lovely citrus-y depth, but IMO it'll still be tasty without it. I agree that it's best to mix the fruit and dressing right before serving; however, it does hold up as leftovers. The one thing I don't get is why the recipe calls for 3 limes to get 2 tsp of zest and 3 Tbs of lime juice. I can get all that from one lime.

  • 5-spice peach and raspberry salad

    • kitchen_chick on July 14, 2019

      Made this without the shallots. It was delicious, cool, and refreshing. Lovely summer salad!

  • Mint and pistachio chocolate fridge cake

    • kitchen_chick on October 27, 2018

      Great chocolate dessert. When first mixing the ingredients, it seemed like the chocolate sauce barely coated the graham crackers-nut-fruit mix and made a loose matrix of a "cake", but the graham crackers swell while the cake is setting in the fridge and helps create the solid bars when fully set. I know some people really don't like raisins. You can use other fruit, but I also found the raisins fairly unobtrusive.

    • Ro_ on January 01, 2020

      I love chocolate and mint together, so this was a winner for me. I pretty much followed the instrutions but subbed dried cranberries for the sultanas since that's what I had. The texture and overall taste of the finished cake was great. Unfortunately not a lot of my household likes mint and chocolate together, so I'll definitely try it with a different flavoured chocolate another time to appeal more to them, as suggested in the recipe blurb.

  • Slow-cooked runner beans in tomato sauce

    • lou_weez on October 14, 2018

      I had a hankering for slow cooked beans and rustled these up. The subtle warmth from the spices is lovely with the beans. I am imagining reheating the leftovers for lunch tomorrow and cracking in an egg just because I think it would be great.

  • Coconut-crusted fish fingers

    • sosayi on February 06, 2019

      Sadly, while we enjoyed the flavors of this dish, the execution did not work for us. The breading and broiling instructions did not work for us (all the topping fell off and it took 3xs as long for the fish to cook as called for). I'd try varying the method in the future, possibly, as coconut and fish are much loved in our house, but I wouldn't make it again as written.

    • StephEpices on October 25, 2019

      I didn't feel like turning on the oven so I just pan fried and it came out perfect. Used blue ling.

  • Two bean and two lime salad

    • anya_sf on May 05, 2020

      I just had half the green beans, but the full amount of edamame. Half the dressing was just right. I reduced the chile to 1/2 jalapeno so it wouldn't be too spicy for my son and thought the level of heat was pleasant - in the background, not the forefront. We really enjoyed this dish.

    • PQPantry on December 30, 2018

      Peas add a sweeter note to the dish vs edamame. Go easy on the green chili - used 1 large jalapeño instead of 2 small - it overwhelmed the dish. Visually a very attractive dish. Followed recipe very closely, sadly not a hit with the family and guests.

  • Buckwheat and French bean salad

    • anya_sf on October 22, 2018

      I couldn't find tarragon so I doubled the mint. The salad was quite good. Don't skip the yogurt dressing, as it really makes the dish. We didn't want it spicy so we omitted the chili flakes and I didn't miss them.

  • Seaweed spaghetti and sesame salad with tahini dressing

    • anya_sf on August 25, 2019

      My rating may not be completely fair since I basically only made the dressing, but it was good. I used soba noodles instead of seaweed spaghetti, tossed with shredded romaine lettuce, avocado cubes, and grilled zucchini slices instead of cucumber, and served with grilled mahimahi. For toppings, I used cilantro, black sesame seeds, furikake, and urfa chili flakes. I tasted the dressed noodles before and after adding the toppings, and the toppings really do make a difference in the flavor, which I found to be somewhat muddy initially. A squirt of lime juice also helped. Very tasty.

  • Whole-roasted celeriac with coriander seed oil

    • mgmcewen on November 23, 2018

      A nice way to cook celeriac though it looks pitiful

  • Beetroot, caraway and goat's cheese bread

    • LadyCJKT on February 22, 2019

      This was every bit as good as I had thought it would be. (Although I couldn't get nigella seeds and replaced that with some ground cumin and had to use ground caraway instead of seeds.) The flavours are very complex together and texturally its very pleasing with the cheese, beetroot and pumpkin seeds. A winning recipe.

    • JJ2018 on May 24, 2019

      This was really nice and would be great with soup. I mistakenly bought precooked beetroot not in vinegar not fresh so Used this even though recipe explicitly said not to, just reducing quantity a little as it is was wet and still turned out well

  • Rice noodle salad with cucumber and poppy seeds

    • LadyCJKT on January 12, 2020

      I made this for lunch although didn't include the chilli (not a fan) or the tarragon (difficult to get locally) and really enjoyed it. The flavours are very fresh and I really enjoyed the crunch of the poppy seeds too. I will make this again for certain!

  • Portobello mushrooms with brioche and a poached egg

    • Ro_ on February 02, 2020

      Basically mushrooms on toast with egg on top! I took a couple of liberties with the recipe, using regular mushrooms instead of Portobello and frying the egg instead of poaching. The flavours were nice, I reduced the cinnamon slightly as it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. A solid breakfast recipe.

  • Harissa-baked potato skins and crispy lettuce salad

    • JJ2018 on November 28, 2019

      Prepped the potato skins the day before. This was a lovely accompaniment to the chicken as suggested and with potato skins pre-prepped came together easily.

  • Harissa beef sirloin with pepper and lemon sauce

    • etcjm on February 22, 2020

      Very good. Used rib eye steak because it was on offer and cheaper than sirloin! Really enjoyed this. I went easy on the preserved lemon as I'm still a newbie to the strong flavour and being home preserved they were on the large side. The leftover pepper mix was lovely the next day with lamb kofte. Definitely a do again. I will buy rose harissa though as the flavour might be less fiery than the brand I had in the pantry.

    • etcjm on February 22, 2020

      Very good. Used rib eye steak because it was on offer and cheaper than sirloin! Really enjoyed this. I went easy on the preserved lemon as I'm still a newbie to the strong flavour and being home preserved they were on the large side. The leftover pepper mix was lovely the next day with lamb kofte. Definitely a do again. I will buy rose harissa though as the flavour might be less fiery than the brand I had in the pantry.

  • Roasted whole cauliflower

  • Beef tomato carpaccio with spring onion and ginger salsa

    • StephEpices on August 26, 2019

      This is a perfect side and a good change from making the tomatoes with sumac salad every day during tomato season.

  • Trout tartare with burnt butter and pistachios

    • StephEpices on December 14, 2019

      This was such perfection! I used lime instead of lemon since that's all I had, but otherwise followed the exact recipe and it did not disappoint!

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  • ISBN 10 1785031163
  • ISBN 13 9781785031168
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  • Published Sep 06 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes are always a celebration: an unforgettable combination of abundance, taste and surprise. SIMPLE is no different, with 120 brand-new dishes that contain all the inventive elements and favour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved for, but with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

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