I can be a bit of a procrastinator, especially when it comes to doing tax returns which I am supposed to be doing at the moment. Not that I will owe much tax or expect a refund, it’s just something I tend to put off. So tonight seemed like a good day to spend a couple of hours preparing dinner.
Arabesque, I think, is Greg Malouf’s best cookbook. It was also his first and while it may not have the beautiful photography of his later travel/food cookbooks, it is the reference book for modern middle eastern food. Tonight we tried garfish grilled with thyme accompanied with baba ghanoush and parsley salad.
The butterflied garfish is flavoured with dried lime zest, sumac and fresh thyme leaves and pan fried. The complete recipe can be found here. I made the baba ghanoush by cooking the eggplants directly on our stove burners, then peeling and flavouring with garlic, lemon juice, tahini and yoghurt. Be warned, cooking eggplant directly on a cooktop can be messy. The parsley salad contained parsley leaves, watercress sprigs, radicchio, red onion and bacon. It was dressed with a tomato-pomegranate dressing.