A Taste of Palestine
In anticipation of a trip to the Levant I felt it was essential to familiarise myself with some recipes so I started with these savoury Za’atar buns.
I found them in Joudie Kalla’s cookbook Palestine on a Plate where she says for displaced Palestinians, food is a means of connecting with their culture. Since the occupation food has taken on huge importance and her book is full of tempting yet simple recipes cooked for generations past. Rummaniyeh – a combination of pomegranates, lentils, aubergine, garlic and lemons – will become a favourite.
Slowly climbing up the wall, not me, the ornamental quince Chaenomeles japonica has been in flower since early January. Fruit occasionally appear but are never edible but the subtle orange/red of the flowers is why I love it against the grey stone wall.
The sweet peas sown in November and kept in the poly tunnel, have had their tips pinched out and are now in the ground. And the purple peas are also planted out to free up shelves in anticipation of serious sowing on my return. A net will be draped over the bamboo frame in a week or two to give them support on their journey up.
Tulip Belle Epoch and T. Bruine Wimpel are bursting into flower and look great in these black pots.
And whilst I was in the garden snapping the tulips a robin let me know that the bird feeder was empty.