I am always on the look our for great Middle Eastern food because, for a vegetarian, it usually fits the bill perfectly. During my lazy Saturday stroll through my local market (the incredible Orange Grove Organic Market) I picked up a plate of tasters from Rachel Grisewood. Rachel runs the stunningly exotic Middle Eastern Kitchen a foodie company that operates at the market and offers a home catering service. She is the founder of the Manna from Heaven bakery and author of the gorgous book Manna from Heaven: Cooking for the people you love, published by Allen and Unwin. I was very excited to hear that her new book is soon to be released. Keep an eye out for this one…

On the menu today at The Middle Eastern Kitchen:

Egyptian cigars
stuffed with rice, preserved lemon, silver beet, currants and all things nice.

Yogurt flat bread
topped with spinach,goats cheese and pomegranate.

Couscous fritters
topped with yogurt and harrisa.

Organic egg tarts
with saffron mayonnaise and dukkah.

Chickpea and vegetable tagine
with preserved lemons and dates.

Slow cooked lamb shoulder
with apricots, cinnamon and almonds.

Baked eggplant
filled with feta, currants and preserved lemons with beetroot and yogurt dressing.