Dukkah: coarsely ground mix of coriander, cumin, sesame seeds and almond or hazelnuts


Dukkah is a wonderful mix of coarsely ground spices. The idea is to have crunchy bits in there rather than a smooth powder, or even worse, a paste. It’s used as a dip for olive-oil covered bread, or a light seasoning.

Making chicken masala powder

Chicken masala powder

This chicken masala powder from Indian Kitchen seems to be a basic spice mix that could easily be blended with anything else required on the day, including a dry chicken curry I was so desperate to make.

Lentil soup

Sunday soup: lentil soup

This lentil soup is my favourite: it’s easy to make, simultaneously filling and refreshing, and really, really delicious. Who would have thought a straightforward combination of lentils and vegetables would work so well?