Lebanon and Leon …

Two of my favourite Christmas gifts were unsurprisingly cookbooks, one from my husband and one from his parents. My parents-in-law came for lunch today and I decided to use my two new books for our meal.

Our main course was taken from ‘Lebanese Kitchen‘ by Salma Hage. This is a huge tome of a book, full of a delicious range of recipes. We had the Lamb Meatballs with Lebanese Flatbread:

 

The meatballs were mildly spiced with cumin and cinnamon and they were gorgeous, far more ‘flavourful’ than our usual meatball recipe. The book contains several kofta recipes, I look forward to trying them all out so we can decide on a favourite.

The flatbreads were skilfully made by my 11 year old son, he is particularly good at kneading bread dough with his elbows!

To follow, we had Lemon Slices with Raspberry Coulis and cream:

The recipe for the Lemon Slices was taken from ‘Leon Book 3, Baking and Desserts‘ by Claire Ptak and Henry Dimbleby. I’ve cooked quite a few recipes from this book and they have all been really tasty. You can’t really see it in this photo but the lemon curd-like mixture in the middle was really gooey and was slightly caramelised around the edges – most of us had second helpings and there’s just enough left for a taste tomorrow evening.

 

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