Israeli-born, London-based Chef Yottam Ottolenghi, together with Palestinian Chef Sami Tamimi, have been leading a quiet, delicious food revolution since opening their first spaces in 2002. They have transformed their personal take on fresh, authentic Middle-Eastern flavours, colourful vegetable dishes and exotic spices into an influential chain of restaurants and series of award-winning cookbooks (Jerusalem, Plenty, and the just-released Plenty More). It is hard to browse through these beautiful books and not be overwhelmed by the urge to want to devour the tantalizing dishes within.
One person who succumbed is talented cook and avid food blogger Paula Costa, who has curated a selection of 7 exquisite dishes from Ottolenghi’s oeuvre for this lovely Eastern Mediterranean dinner.
Sweet Potato Galettes
Hummus with Homemade Pita
Fennel and Feta Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon
Green Beans with Walnut and Orange
Couscous with Dried Apricots and Butternut Squash
Apple and Olive Oil Cake with Maple Icing
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Growing up in a Portuguese household with a large extended family in Kitchener, Ont., Paula Costa has been eating the food of great cooks for her whole life. Her own culinary journey started in her early 20s. As she grew more confident in her cooking, she began to improvise and develop her own creations. Paula learned to become fearless in the kitchen and try anything.
Paula started her blog, Dragon’s Kitchen, as a way to share recipes with friends and family, but was pleasantly surprised when strangers began visiting the blog and leaving comments. It encouraged her to continue and expand how she used it. Social media has opened up an entire “foodie” world of new people and experiences for Paula. She finds that “each new meeting or outing expands my knowledge, increases my passion and (I hope) makes my blog better.”
Paula loves teaching cooking classes, competing in cooking competitions, catering and hosting supper clubs.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.