Thursday, 8 January 2015

Mystery Box Madness

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Purely by accident I have ended up with two entries for this week's I Heart Cooking Clubs "Mystery Box Madness" challenge. The aim is to use any three ingredients from the box, in a dish by one of the IHCC featured cooks. This months box is: Potatoes, Buttermilk, Flour, Paprika, Onion, Leafy Greens (Any Kind), Lemon, Honey, Prawns/Shrimp, Feta. It just so happens that in Spring/Summer of 2013 Yotam Ottolenghi was the featured cook and those ingredients come up quite a lot in his dishes in Jerusalem, which I bought a couple of months ago.

So - his recipe for prawns, scallops and clams with tomato and feta features (spring) onions, lemon, prawns and feta. We had it as a main meal, with a chunk of nice bread to clean up the delicious juices.

And his chicken sofrito features paprika, lemon and onions - and potatoes which I didn't include because I served it with his delicious roast sweet potatoes and fresh figs.


13 comments:

Joanne said...

A two for one!! They both sound fabulous.

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Lovely! I haven't tried Yotam's recipes. They must be very nice. :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

You over-achiever you! ;-) Both dishes look delectable. Those big hunks of feta in the seafood dish have me drooling. Love Ottolenghi.

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

That seafood stew looks amazing.

kitchen flavours said...

Both dishes look mouth-watering! It has been sometime since I cook from Ottolenghi's book!

grace said...

the seafood dish isn't for me, but the chicken sofrito is great! nice work. :)

Meredith said...

Sweet potatoes are delicious most any way you cook them,your dish looks lovely.

Kim said...

Ottolenghi was one of my favorite chefs we cooked with at IHCC and I love that you went back to his recipes and cooked not one, but two! His chicken sofrito is one of my family's favorite meals. I bet I've made it 10 times! The shrimp dish with clams looks amazing. You have totally outdone yourself this week:)

Grace Phua said...

Both your dishes look good. I love how you are versatile with the ingredients and the dish can be another dish as well. Cooking feta in stew is interesting, I've never tried it before. Now I know how good it looks. I will try this soon :)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Go you, Alicia - I'm well impressed that you did two dishes this week. Love the look of the prawns with the feta and clams - that is absolutely my kind of dish and reminds me a bit of the many plates of Prawns Saganaki that we devoured in the Greek islands.

Zosia said...

The chicken sofrito is already in regular rotation here but I don't know how I missed the seafood-feta dish. It looks fantastic!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Joanne - you would LOVE the sweet potatoes and figs!

Joyce - he's great. Often quite complicated recipes but the results pay off.

Deb - anything that lets you eat big chunks of feta is OK by me!

Leaf - it is!

Joyce - I still have loads I want to cook from it.

Grace - the chicken dish is lovely!

Meredith - I totally agree about sweet potatoes!

Kim - thank you!

Grace - I think the feta in seafood braise/stew is pretty common in Greece.

Sue - Lucky you to have those memories! I am hoping to get to Greece one day!

Zosia - it's such a tasty one!

ostwestwind said...

I think I should read and try more Ottolenghi recipes

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