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Sarene Wallace

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To kick off #Tastingjrslm's May topic of Yogurt, how about Ottolenghi's Aubergine with Buttermilk (and Yogurt) Sauce?
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Beth Lee
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Nigella seeds!! Sprouting broccoli w sweet tahini, pg 69 in "Plenty More" - used broccolini, regular broccoli, snow peas, & cilantro; the sesame and Nigella seeds on top w the soy tahini sauce is wonderful - would make a great buffet dish - perfect at room temp #nigellaseeds   #tastingjrslm  
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+Joel Brahms My other food platform is a food blog called OMG! Yummy - so pleased to learn how to say it in German! And it was definitely lecker aus! Easy recipe with a big flavor payoff. Love the nigellas and the soy mixed with the tahini!
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Isn't this nigella sativa blossom pretty? The flowers have a seed pod of five compartments--each is topped with a spike. When the pods dry, the seeds pop out. Smart gardeners harvest the seeds and use them in cooking. +Sarene Wallace  #nigellaseeds   #tastingjrslm  
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Yes, it is.  Not at all what I was expecting.
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #7: Desserts and Baking, featuring Semolina, Orange and Marmalade Cake:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-7-desserts-and-baking.html #Desserts #Baking
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Thanks very much +Beth Lee So glad you liked it. I'll be visiting the dessert section again and would definitely like to have a go at the Krantz Cake. I'll be starting work on #8 this afternoon so will post the results later this evening or early tomorrow.
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Love this article about the New Israeli restaurant in New Orleans called Shaya. Chef Alon Shaya talks about how Israeli cuisine is really a compilation of so many ethnicities and regions. Hummus w roasted duck recipe sounds pretty awesome too! 

http://www.today.com/food/roasted-duck-hummus-will-have-you-re-thinking-jewish-cuisine-t13606
While some may still stereotype Jewish cuisine as the stuff of delis, a new generation of cooks is showing the world how versatile it is
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We're down to the final day of March #Mint Madness! What is your favorite recipe using mint? What's your winning way of using this refreshing herb? (I'm still partial to the fattoush recipe in "Jerusalem"!)

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Tasting Jerusalem is springing into March with mint. Fresh and dried mint - so prevalent in Middle Eastern cuisine - will enliven your savory & sweet dishes
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Live from my friends in Istanbul! Who wants to go spice shopping??!! #tastingjrslm
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+Jay and Dee  I will put in a request :-)
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The Tomato and Pomegranate Salad in Plenty More is a favourite of mine. It would also look great in a big bowl at the centre of a dinner table.
 
Facebook member is looking for ideas to wow a dinner guest using any of the four cookbooks - Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, or Jerusalem. What are you suggestions? She is looking for an appetizer to snack on while finishing dinner prep, a main possibly with a protein, a side, and a dessert. Let's hear your great menu ideas!
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Facebook member is looking for ideas to wow a dinner guest using any of the four cookbooks - Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, or Jerusalem. What are you suggestions? She is looking for an appetizer to snack on while finishing dinner prep, a main possibly with a protein, a side, and a dessert. Let's hear your great menu ideas!
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The Tomato and Pomegranate Salad in Plenty More is a favourite of mine. It would look great in a big bowl at the centre of the dinner table.
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Recipe great for Passover!
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Voila mes gourmands Pourim est dans 2 jours et pour clôturer mon dossier  je vous offre en ce début de semaine   une recette de mon très cher  Chef  Yotam  Ottolenghi. Des florentins juste par l’apparence,pas vraimen...
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Jay and Dee

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New on the blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #5: Bean Kuku, featuring Barberries:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/tasting-jerusalem-5-barberries.html …   #barberries
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Thanks, I'm going to give it another go at some point, using the broad beans.  I think they might be a bit more forgiving.
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Tasting Jerusalem is a virtual cooking community learning about Middle Eastern cuisine through the lens of "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Ottolenghi and Tamimi, published by Ten Speed Press. We pick a topic monthly, then cook and share on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, OMG! Yummy blog, and now Google Plus! Community is run by +Beth Lee and +Sarene Wallace.

Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #9: Fricassee Tunisienne, featuring Preserved Lemons:  http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-9-preserved-lemons.html  #PreservedLemons
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Oh preserved lemons - what a fantastic ingredient - heading over to read your take on it shortly!
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Beth Lee
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Finally bought my nigella seeds! What should I make first?

Plenty More:
Watercress Salad with Quail eggs, Ricotta, and Seeds (see story about "sami’s seeds”)
Spring Salad
Sprouting Broccoli with Sweet Tahini
Quinoa and Fennel Salad (suggested add)
Indian Ratatouille (if make your own panch phoran)
Squash with cardamom and nigella seeds
Cauliflower Cake

Jerusalem:
Burekas (burekas write up is pretty fun to read)
Dukkah

Plenty:
Broccolini and sweet sesame salad
Green bean salad with mustard seeds and tarragon

Ottolenghi:
Roasted butternut squash with burnt aubergine and pomegranate molasses
Couscous and mograbiah with oven-dried tomatoes
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+Jay and Dee I made the broccoli with sweet tahini and soy - YUM! Picture coming as soon as my new Photos app starts working again! 
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Jay and Dee

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New on the Blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #8: Burekas featuring Nigella Seeds: http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tasting-jerusalem-8-nigella-seeds.html #Nigellaseeds
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Beth Lee
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What the heck do you do with Nigella Seeds? Lisa Bramen in Smithsonian demystifies the little seeds. #tastingjrslm   #nigellaseeds  
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Beth Lee
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Announcing our April ingredient. Can you guess what it is? Hint: It's not black sesame seeds, poppy seeds or chia seeds. #tastingjrslm  cc: +Sarene Wallace 
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We will post recipe lists tomorrow! Lots of great ones in all 4 books!
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A mystical view of Harissa by a fellow "Jerusalem" lover from Instagram (@nocrumbsleft) who is also the author of this article about this now trendy condiment #harissa   #tastingjerusalem  

http://readsource.com/lifestyle/food/a-flavor-revolution/
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Great write up.  I use a different recipe for my harissa but look forward to trying this version.
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Jay and Dee

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New on the blog:  Tasting Jerusalem #6: Couscous with Tomato and Onion, featuring couscous: http://cookiteatitblogitbrum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/tasting-jerusalem-6-couscous.html  #couscous
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Thanks, hope you enjoy it.  Might try frying it one time, but more than happy with it as shown in the picture.
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Beth Lee
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Mint - it's not just for garnish anymore! Here's the #tastingjrslm recap of how to cook with it and all the dishes in "Jerusalem" that use it. What's on your mint menu this month?
Tasting Jerusalem is springing into March with mint. Fresh and dried mint - so prevalent in Middle Eastern cuisine - will enliven your savory & sweet dishes
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Beth Lee
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One of my favorite uses of fresh and dried mint in "Jerusalem" is in the crunchy and refreshing Fattoush salad. What's your favorite dish using mint? Let's start cooking spring! #tastingjrslm  #mint
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