The Foody Diaries

personal and innovative recipes inspired by THE MIDDLE EAST. 

September 8, 2020

A show-stopper recipe, definitely the kind to pull out of the bag when you're wanting to wow dinner guests but are short on time. This whole recipe takes a little under 30 minutes to prepare. Orzo is actually a type of short-cut pasta, even though it doesn't look dissi...

August 16, 2020

This show-stopper recipe looks sensationalbut is curiously easy, relying very much on the quality of its ingredients. The gorgeous wild marsh samphire was sourced from Forage Box, who deliver a selection of wild/foraged ingredients to you in taster-sized port...

August 13, 2020

Having fallen in love with crispy tofu in ramen, Thai curry or nutty stir fries, I decided to give it's closely-related cousin tempeh a try. Tempeh is also made of fermented soy beans, but it's created in a way that binds the soybeans into a cake form. This result...

August 9, 2020

These Syrian-inspired lamb mince kebabs make an absolutely superb dish for alfresco dining on hot summer evenings.  They can be served as part of a mezze selection with perhaps humus and a fatoush salad (as pictured right, find the recipe here) or in toasted pitta brea...

August 3, 2020

This crunchy vegan salad packs plenty of flavour, perfect for spicing up weekday lunches and fueling you through the working day. A marriage between Asian slaw and tofu satay, crunchy sliced carrots and cabbage are combined with noodles, crispy fried tofu and a crunchy...

July 25, 2020

After mastering the art of a classic white sourdough boule or baton, I wanted to experiment with my flavours. After discovering quite a few chocolate sourdough recipes online, however with cocoa powder I thought of adding dark chocolate chips. Cranberries add a sweet t...

July 11, 2020

This salad is not conventional in the slightest, mostly consisting of herbs and punchy flavours, with no lettuce in sight. Crunchy sliced fennel brings a bitter aniseed flavour and contrasts with sweetness of the sticky saffron and orange dressing, all the while t...

July 3, 2020

Flaky cod fillets are marinaded in a herby marinade and served with roasted peppers and baby new potatoes. This dish is a glorified tray bake, but its simplicity and freshness will win you over. In the above I went for a shop-bought chermoula paste but if you want to g...

July 3, 2020

This distinctive tangy rub consisting of herbs, spices and preserved lemons is incredibly versatile, it can be used for marinading chicken, different types of fish (tuna, seabass, cod) and even vegetables. The name 'chermoula' شرمولة comes from the Arabic verb chermel ...

July 1, 2020

 A lovely fresh and tart summer salad that's great for using up lonesome ingredients you have lying in the fridge, whether it be the end of a chunk of goats cheese or some crunchy gem lettuce desperate for some attention. I pickle by own beetroot (it's easy and pretty...

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ABOUT The Foody Girl

i love  whipping up  dishes from across the world,  mostly inspired by my time living  in jordan and morocco. many of my recipes draw from elements of middle eastern and north african cooking and i delight in introducing friends and family to these unique flavours. 

i  hope you enjoy following my adventures in the kitchen

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