(OK so if you are reading this I am still heading home from the Commonwealth Games!! But can’t keep you all waiting too long – so here is a bonus recipe, one of the one’s we ate in our lunch boxes on holiday this month – fill you in on our Sporting Adventures soon!!!)
I am so lucky – since I started writing about Frugal Cooking and getting our family more into eating the more affordable staples that we can store I have made many foodie friends from around the world.
It has expanded my family menu into all sorts of interesting places ……… and I have quite a collection of “this is so fabulous you gotta try it” recipes that have been emailed to me from all corners of the planet.
This one – this Turkish Salad is totally one that you need to make this summer! The recipe list reads “ho-hum” but when everything is blended together it is a show-stopper.
White beans, herbs and tomato dressed in a tahini and garlic dressing that is to die for!!!
Best of all – most of the ingredients came from my store cupboard …. and most of those were bought at cracking prices from Approved Foods. Cheap and delicious!!! My favourite combination.
From the first mouthful I was back in Turkey ….. although we ate this for lunch today with some hard-boiled eggs and flatbreads I can see this being a favourite BBQ dinner dish – a heaping pile, some bread and grilled chicken with a half decent bottle of wine. If only the Scottish weather was as great as Turkey – Eh?
YASMEEN’S TURKISH PIYAZ SALAD
- 2 large handfuls of white beans – soaked and cooked (or two tins of cannellini or butter beans)
- 1 ripe tomato -diced
- Half a red onion – finely chopped (optional)
- 1 handful of parsley – chopped
- Half a tin of black olives
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 garlic clove – crushed
Whiz all the dressing ingredients together in a small blender – or whip together with a fork until you get a thick “mayonnaise” consistency. If its too thick then add a tablespoon of olive oil to thin it a little. Set aside for the flavours to blend.
Just before serving – mix the cooked beans, olives, tomato, onion if using and most of the parsley together and stir in enough of the dressing to coat the salad.
Eating cheap really needn’t be boring … there is a whole world of recipes that you can tap into once you have a decent store cupboard full of staples your weekly shopping bill becomes tiny in comparison to everyone elses.
So what are your favourite summer-time store cupboard dishes? If you got a call now for a “pot-luck Barbecue” tonight – what would you whip up from what you already have in ?
Let me know!!