If you’ve been following my Instagrams recently you might have noticed (amongst the cats) a renewed enthusiasm for home-cooked dinners. The reason is that I got the new Ottolenghi book Jerusalem and I want to try making almost everything in it!
Written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, who both grew up in the city, the book is a love letter to the city’s rich food history. From childhood favourites to street food and special occasion desserts, this book covers loads of different recipes as well as giving lots of little insights into the fascinating history and culture of the area. You’ll also find a few recipes from Ottolenghi’s new restaurant NOPI, like the stunning butternut-tahini dip. It’s probably two-thirds vegetarian – there are separate meat and fish chapters but the pulse, pastry and vegetable chapters are stuffed full of things I want to try. (Talking of stuffed, there’s a whole chapter dedicated to things stuffed into things. Oof.)
It’s beautifully designed and photographed as usual and while the recipes can be time-consuming, they are not particularly difficult to follow. Perfect for relaxed Sunday evening cooking. One frequent complaint of Ottolenghi recipes is that the ingredients are hard to find, but I haven’t found anything hard to track down yet – though handily I do live in an area full of middle-eastern shops. But if you don’t, Ottolenghi has opened a web store of ingredients so there’s no excuse!
Here are a few of the dishes I’ve made already. Griddled and roasted courgette and tomatoes, boreks, and chermoula aubergine with fried cauliflower. They’ve all been super tasty, though I do need to learn to not deviate from the recipe or just guess at quantities, because the balance of flavours can get a bit overpowering if not handled properly.
Since the publishing company gave me a review copy but I was geeky enough to have pre-ordered it, I’m giving away the spare copy, along with a promo tote bag, to one of you! To enter, just comment on this post telling me to your favourite cook book or recipe site. Get an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway too – just hit the share link right at the top of the post. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday 23rd September. UK entrants only please.
The competition is finished, congrats to the winner, Jenny
The lovely folks at MOO.com got in touch recently, asking if I’d like to share some of their printed products on here. Well, I’m already a happy Moo customer – I use their cute little Minicards to pop in with my Etsy orders – so I used the opportunity to get some of their newly-offered Luxe cards for my freelance design work, using a little monogram I made (which might feature in yet another blog redesign soon…)
They’re a sexy thick 600gsm with a textured matte finish, sandwiched with a layer of coloured stock which gives the edges a lovely pop. The great thing about Moo is you can mix and match your designs at no extra cost, so I could try out a few colour options for my cards. I’m so pleased with them, they feel great and I’m looking forward to giving them out!
Giveaway – win one of three 40-packs of postcards!
Moo.com have kindly offered up some postcard packs for me to give away too. Three people will win a set of 40 printed postcards – you can either supply your own designs or receive a mix of some of my shop designs as seen above and below. They look damn cute, eh?
The competition is closed
Congrats to the winners Alice, Danielle and Kerri-Ann.
My giveaway competition with Maiden ended yesterday and I randomly picked the winner from all 140 entries. Congratulations go to @ellietweeter, aka Ellie, who has a blog called Pretty Much Penniless – so I think the prize is going to a deserving lady!
Hopefully I will run another giveaway soon as it was really fun. Thanks to everyone who entered and to Maiden for the brilliant prizes. Remember you can still get 15% off at Maiden until the end of May with promo code ‘KATIE’.
Maiden is a sweet little store that recently opened (last December) on Shoreditch High Street – handily right across the road from my work. I was attracted instantly by the giant Miffy light in their front window! They stock a diverse range of design products, books, gifts, stationery and cards – perfect for a pressy to yourself or someone else. You can also shop online if you can’t make it East London. Here’s just a little peek at some of their stock:
But even better than shopping there, why not win yourself a big pile of goodies? One lucky person who enters my little giveaway will receive a Maiden goody bag worth £50 containing everything you see below, including my favourite the Postcarden – a postcard that pops out into a mini living garden! The Weather Haus could get pretty handy for predicting inclement British weather, too.