Lamb Shank Shawarma: (which reminds me of a hearty stew) is full of earthy flavor, smokey undertones and a richness from the Harissa spice infused paste with an herb and tomato based simmer sauce, this magical dish comes from the Middle East and as Ally explains, it is actually their rendition of "fast food." I served my prepared dish with warm pita bread, a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper with a mix of fresh tomatoes, chopped cucumbers and a bit of Greek yogurt, as suggested by Ally. This was the first time I tried Harissa and I am 'hooked.' It's a down to earth version of Sriarcha seasonings to me. Harissa can be used "dry" or easily turned into a paste with the addition of a bit of olive oil. This recipe taught me that you can make beautiful dishes that stretch beyond the ordinary with ingredients and spices you have in your own pantry. I will be trying this recipe with Beef as well as Chicken and Pork. A great recipe to have on hand for certain. Thanks Ally!
Time to Fly!
Cruise over the seas and vast lands in this, our 'Great Big World' with me today... Ally's Kitchen has unfurled its magic carpet and everyone is welcomed to join in for the ride!! A beautifully written cookbook that offers adventure page by page. The decadent photos and exotic spices used in the recipes leave your taste buds dancing. Today your passport will be collecting stamps from The Middle East, and Europe.
Join with me to Celebrate:
Alice Phillips author of Ally's Kitchen ~ A Passport for Adventurous Palates
I decided just a quick 'review' on this 'Blog Tour' wouldn't do this decadent cookbook justice.
I needed to make some of Ally's recipes and share with you all ~ my first magic carpet ride:
Lamb Shank Shawarma (page 93, Middle East) *with Harissa seasoning
Rosemary, Red Potato & Leek Galette (page 47, Europe: Ireland)
Chocolate Spicy Coffee Skillet Cake (page 49, Europe)
First stop on my magic carpet ride is to the Middle East where I recreated Ally's exotic: Lamb Shank Shawarma:
Next up from her Cookbook - I ventured off to Ireland to bake Ally's: Rosemary, Red Potato & Leek Galette
Rosemary, Red Potato & Leek Galette: I loved making this recipe. I could tell it was not only going to be tasty but, beautiful in presentation too. I had to stop mid-baking to show you all the layers! I did a little of what Ally calls "boho-ing" and added in my own 'flair' using sharp cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. With or without cheese added this is a magnificent dish that can stand on its own as a meal or be a welcomed side dish. I will be making this recipe quite often, for certain! I did learn that using a mandolin to get the thinnest potatoes possible quickens the oven/bake time. Since I made the mistake of cutting my potatoes rather thick - I had to wait a bit longer for my "treat" from the oven. Worth the wait. This is drool worthy, lick the plate, hope there is more good!!!
I know you are thinking - "okay! what's next?" Ally's cookbook visits Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and The Caribbean, with "side trips" to Russia, Australia, China, Poland, and even some US destinations. Truly a must-read, must-buy, must-have, must-see addition to anyone's magical kitchen! I love her written concepts that enhance each of her recipes. She calls them: "Style Makers", "Mood Makers" and "Boho-ing." Each concept expresses a unique function to the recipe at hand, truly a wonderful addition to her cookbook. There are more fellow foodies & bloggers that have joined in celebrating Alice's new cookbook. Make sure to visit the 'Blog Tour Page' Link below so you can see ALL the reviews being posted in May... Thank you to Alice and Cedar Fort Publishing for sharing this gem of a cookbook with me. This was a delight to review and an honor to share! now...check out the links below,
Ally's Kitchen website: http://www.allyskitchen.com/
Cookbook Trailer (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyN6MCS8zBE
Blog Tour Page: http://blog.cedarfort.com/blog-tour-allys-kitchen/
I will be creating more recipes from her Cookbook like the: Pan-Seared Scallops with Warm Spiced Peach Sauce and her Spiced Grilled Beef, Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs with Fig Balsamic Glaze. Until then, enjoy some of Ally's Chocolate Spicy Coffee Skillet Cake that I had to make and share with you all! Words would just fail to properly describe this recipe: rich, moist, chocolate-y, hints of cinnamon, cayenne, coconut, mint, coffee and sea salt... Somehow all these roll together into a superb finish for my magical carpet ride. ~ Bravo Ally!
This Review and All Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
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