I love Yotam Ottolenghi, I love his writing and his recipes, and loved watching him cook at Harvest a couple of years ago. I cannot believe that in all my trips to London that I’ve never been up to Islington to the original shop and restaurant. I need to put it right but in the meantime I could run up a reasonably large bill at the online shop.
I would say that I am fairly well sorted for spices for Indian round here, but the flavours of the Middle East are a little more difficult to come by. I mean Lebanese verjuice is apparently quite difficult to get in London, I’ve probably got very little chance round here! No idea what I’d do with it, but part of the fun is finding out!
I’ve not cooked with freekh before, but there are several lovely sounding recipes in Jerusalem using it, and I do like the sound of the smokey flavour. Sounds like a useful grain to have in the pantry. They also have a Jerusalem essentials kit, which would make a great gift to go alongside a copy of the book.
And then there’s the stuff that is just a treat. It could be the macadamia and coconut fudge, which sounds very tempting, or even the dark chocolate, raspberry and pistachio brittle. But I guess if there was only space or money for one, then it would have to be the salt caramel and chocolate brittle for me.
It won’t excuse me from getting to Islington, but it might keep me going!