For the next couple of posts, I want to feature a few of the recipes that I’ve made from the “Persiana” cookbook. I’ve mentioned on here a few times that I am working on trying new recipes and I’ve found that cooking out of a cookbook is one of the easiest ways to do that.
Cookbooks are expertly curated to feature just the right mix of recipes. A good cookbook always features several salads, meat dishes, pasta dishes, soups, breads, drinks and desserts and while some of the recipes may be very different from what you are used to, most cookbooks feature “traditional” recipes but with a twist, which is perfect for people who are not ready to fully dive in an try something completely new.
A lot of bloggers really shy away from using cookbooks and I get it. Everyone wants to claim that they are a culinary expert and “recipe developer” so that they can drive traffic to their site, but I think cooking from a cookbook can be innovative and creative too. For example, I very rarely follow cookbook recipes to a tee. I’m always adding something or substituting one ingredient for another. For the average person, a cookbook is a great tool to use as a springboard for coming up with fresh new recipes because it provides the basic steps for making many great dishes.
Since, The Kitchen On Wellington is all about exploring, growing and trying new things, I will from time to time feature recipes from cookbooks. I am not here pretending to be a culinary expert or an expert recipe developer. Instead, I am here to inspire you to push yourself to become a better cook and to challenge you to expand your culinary horizons.
Now, to the task at hand. I made this “spicy” Middle Eastern Inspired Foccacia bread the other day. I’m working on improving my bread making skills and when I saw this recipe I knew that I had to try it. I ended up making the bread twice because of the first loaf burned in the oven (oops!) The second loaf turned out perfect. It had the right amount of spices and it was the perfect compliment to the Quoina and Lentil Salad that I made a few posts back.
I’ve said it before, but I HIGHLY recommend this book and I would encourage you all to check out your local library and check out a copy!
*Shout out to the Henrico County Public Library*