Tuesday, 22 September 2009

An Old Favourite and an Artist Book Fair

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Some dishes are just too good to only have them once. Spicy Roast Aubergine with Chickpea Stew and Jewelled Couscous is definitely one of them for me. It is one of my favourite vegetarian meals, but when I made it last Friday I felt like experimenting a little and added some lamb.

I did everything as in the original recipe, but when making the chickpea stew, I first fried some chopped up lamb shoulder until sealed, before adding the onions and all the other ingredients. Of course it meant that the stew had to cook for a lot longer than in the vegetarian version. I simmered it on low for about two hours, stirring from time to time. Everything else stayed exactly the same and the result was just wonderful.

I still think that the original is great just as it is and doesn't really need the meat to be a perfect meal, but for those who need a little meat in their dinner to be happy or just to make a change, the lamb is a great addition.



And now for something completely different, the London Art Book Fair...

This coming weekend the annual Art Book Fair returns to London at a new venue. Previously it was held at the ICA. This year it will be at the Whitechapel Gallery for the first time, but with hopefully just as many exciting stalls and exhibitors. So, if you are around and are looking for some wonderful handmade and limited edition art books, gifts made from paper, cards and much more why not pop in. I'll be on the Righton Press Stall for most of the weekend and as well as selling I am really looking forward to having a good browse, chat with other artists, read and to buying some special Christmas presents myself.

12 comments:

Marie said...

Oh, that looks tasty Sylvie!

The Curious Cat said...

That does look delicious!! will check out the recipe pronto...xxx

The Curious Cat said...

PS Where can I buy Harissa paste?

Sylvie said...

Thanks Marie.

Curious Cat, I usually buy mine from the Asian Grocer around the corner, but I have also bought it at either Asda or Tesco before. It's in the spice isle. I've seen it in little jars (Supermarket), tins or even tubes like tomato puree (Asian grocer). If you have a North African grocer anywhere nearby, they should definitely have it to. Or you can make your own: http://www.foodiesite.com/recipes/2000-03:harissa
Happy cooking!

thepassionatecook said...

i'm not a big lamb eater, myself, but will try the vegetarian version of this... sound just too delicious!

Deborah said...

You know that a dish is good if a food blogger makes it more than once!!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I haven't cooked something like this for absolutely ages - thank you for reminding me!

Alex said...

This looks perfect for these sunny September days...

Gloria said...

This look absolutely delicious Sylvie, xx gloria

the twins said...

that looks so good! i love all those ingredients.

George@CulinaryTravels said...

Oh that looks absolutely gorgeous. Such a beautiful dish.

SarahKate said...

That sounds lovely. Anything with aubergine is a hit for me!