Red lentil soup

Along the old Silk Road,  the word ‘soup’ has various very similar names – from çorba in Turkey to shurba in Western Asia to  shorbat in Iraq.  One of my favourite Middle-Eastern style soups is one of the simplest – a quick-to-cook number made with red lentils, spices and perhaps some greens, and generously spiced. My Iraqi mother-in-law makes a very quick version, similar to this but greener with extra spinach, and I … Continue reading Red lentil soup

Grapefruit a Go-Go

To me, winter is well and truly here when these heavy golden orbs start dropping from heavily burdened branches onto soggy lawns throughout the country (well, in the subtropical North at least – do grapefruit survive frosts? I’m not sure.) A few years ago I wrote a piece about grapefruit for Taste magazine and discovered in my in-depth research (I didn’t study Arts for nothing) that what … Continue reading Grapefruit a Go-Go