Za'atar is a popular Middle-Eastern flavour, comprised of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and salt. It is often served with bread, either in this crispy version, or spread with lots of butter onto warm flatbread and rolled, so that the butter runs down to your elbow as you eat it.
If you've lived or travelled in Asia, you will be familiar with this drink which is strange to the uninitiated. Basil seeds swell and become glutinous when wet, giving this drink a consistency something like watermelon. It's very filling, and has even become popular as a weight-loss aid.
Since the movies Like Water for Chocolate and Chocolat, people have been fascinated by the Mexican version of our homely cup of cocoa. As the movie title suggests, hot chocolate can be made using hot water or hot milk, or a combination of the two. This is our version.
There's really no reason to be afraid of souffles. They are so very easy to prepare, and very rewarding to see that magnificent risen creation as it comes from the oven. Remember, although cold dessert souffles hold their shape, it is natural for a hot souffle to deflate onbce out of the oven, which is why it is important to serve it immediately.,
Romesco Sauce is a wonderful Spanish concoction. It's possible that Spanish missionaries working in Mexico could have taken this New World idea home to Spain, as the ingredients of tomatoes, nuts, garlic and bread are common to both. We love this Mexican fusion version.