baked honey feta dipping pots

Baked honey feta dipping pots

Gavin Wren Recipes, Small Bites, Spreads & Dips, Starters

Beautiful, charming simplicity. There’s a lot to be said for it. Some of the worlds greatest and most prolific inventions are also the most simple, like the spectacularly simple paperclip, coat hanger or hula hoop. Apple products are also noted for their simplicity of approach and elegance of operation, hence their incredible commercial success. But behind that simplicity is a lot of careful thought and work, as Albert Einstein said “Any fool can make something more complicated”, however simplicity is where the genius lies. This is a great concept to carry into the kitchen with you, especially if you’re trying to devise some recipes, so that you err on the side of simplicity. I’ve always had a tendency to add extra flavours to try and resolve the taste of a dish, but that isn’t where the really good home cooking recipes come from, because simple, tasty, balanced dishes will always…
beetroot and dill yoghurt dip

Dill & beetroot dip

Gavin Wren Recipes, Spreads & Dips, Vegetables, Vegetarian

It’s been a long time since I wrote ‘dill and beetroot’ on my list of ingredients to play around with. As individual ingredients, they both rank pretty highly on my mental list of favourite tastes; dill especially, because when it’s good, it’s breathtakingly aromatic. You could almost make a perfume from it, although that might be just a little bit weird. One of the first dishes that I mastered beyond cheese on toast (with tomato puree on the bread first… oh yeah) was whole rainbow trout, cooked ‘en papillote‘ with dill and lemon. I say mastered, but there’s no mastery involved because it’s a simple dish that’s breathtakingly easy to make, hard to over cook and incredibly flavoursome with tender flesh. A must-try if you’re a fish eater. Another annual dill-fest is the making of a slab or two of gravadlax with a recipe bestowed upon me by…
Baba Ghanoush aubergine dip

Baba ghanoush – the food of the gods

Gavin Wren Recipes, Side dishes, Spreads & Dips, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Ambrosia is an often overused word, hastily thrown around with levity to elevate the status of a particular food. It’s a very serious word (to me, anyway) which means ‘food of the gods’, and religious denominations aside I try to be reserved in it’s use simply out of respect. So, it’s with a certain amount of reticence that I’m considering using it in the description here. Baba Ghanoush, Mutabal or Moutabal, are some of the different names this aubergine dip goes under, with slight regional variations in both method and ingredients depending on where abouts in the world it is being made. It originates from the Middle East and I came to know it through multiplus trips to Lebanese restaurants when my girlfriend and I had just started going out. As a cook, it’s a delightfully refreshing dish to make, because I have never, ever, had anyone say “Hmmmm, I