North African Spiced Roast chicken with Garlic potatoes


  This dish is a one pot wonder. Fragrantly and mildly spiced chicken cooked with the potatoes in stock producing a wonderful garlic and lemon sauce flavoured  with cinnamon and star anise. And what’s more you only have one pot to wash up!  Perfect for a lazy Sunday with friends or family.  Ingredients  1.4kg approx chicken … Continue reading

A month of fasting


Ramadan Mubarak! My kitchen will soon resemble an episode of Masterchef when I attempt to cook a three course meal after work to a deadline that is Iftar (when the fast is broken). My husband adds the commentary “you have 5 minutes remaining”! The traditions of ramadan start weeks before where the house is scrupulously … Continue reading

Berkoukes bel djedj (chicken with giant couscous)


I started my blog to explore not only Algerian flavours but also to experiment with more fish dishes as I cannot easily get quality halal meat. Well that’s changed! Ocado have started stocking amazing halal meat by a Haloodies, (halal for foodies). You can also find them in Harrods foodhall but I’m not one to … Continue reading

Algerian lentil soup (Chorba Adas)


After eating stodgy comfort food I’m craving lighter and healthier meals. Soup is the perfect choice, easy after work meals packed with veg and pulses and still warming during a cold January in London. I cook two types of lentil soup, the smooth Egyptian red lentil soup and this Algerian version using green lentils which … Continue reading

Chtit’ha Djedj (Algerian Chicken in Sauce)


This Algerian dish is perfect for Iftar, offering oodles of taste and plenty of healthy carb’s and protein to norish and up the energy levels. Serve with a good bread to mop up the delicious juices. I have altered the recipe slightly using Harissa instead of Paprika to give a little extra kink. To make … Continue reading

Chorba Frik & Borek


This is absolutely my favourite Algerian dish (good thing to as we eat this for virtually every day for a month each year). Chorba Frik served with Borek is commonly eaten during Ramadan after breaking the fast with three dates and fermented milk but i can eat this frequently all year round! Normally Chorba contains … Continue reading

My new blog


Cooking is my hobbie and thanks to my wonderful new husband I have enjoyed three years of experimental cooking. I grew up in the west country where sausages, pork and cider are mainstream. For my Algerian husband, pork and cider is forbidden. This blog is my exploration of food away from meat and two veg. … Continue reading