It has now been a few weeks since I rejoined Slimming World, so you can imagine my surprise and excitement to receive their latest recipe book Mediterranean Magic!The book itself is a beautifully illustrated hardback book that will make a lasting addition to any Slimming World member’s kitchen.
I couldn’t wait to dive in and give some of the recipes a go, and with over a hundred to choose from, I was spoilt for choice.
Being a lover of meaty Med dishes anyway, I couldn’t wait to see if this dish was as lovely as ‘the real thing’. Not being a fan of natural yoghurt, I was dubious as to whether this was going to taste any good. My version turned out pretty good I think?! My only criticism is that it seemed very watery (although that it probably down to human error and nothing to do with the recipe!). The meaty sauce layers were lovely, although the ‘white sauce’ layer was a little too tart for my liking. If you love Greek yoghurt, however, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Despite looking and smelling nice, this, for me, was an epic fail. The cauliflower was far too crunchy and once again, the taste of natural yoghurt was far too overpowering. This is my personal opinion, of course. There are many people who probably love the fact that this dish was both those things!
Chicken Pinchitos & Patatas Bravas
Now this dish, I loved, although a word of warning if you’re trying this out on your family, the Patatas Bravas are hot! The chicken was flavoursome and mild, whilst the fieriness of the Patatas Bravas added a real depth. A definite winner in my books!
Pork Souvlaki & Spiced Feta Fritters
Despite me making the mistake of adding too much lemon juice to the Souvlaki marinade, these were delicious. I will be the first to admit, I can be a real wuss when it comes to trying new foods, and I was nervous about trying the Spiced Feta Fritters. I needn’t have worried, they were lovely. They reminded me of Pilau rice because of the cumin seeds. Next time I make these, I will definitely watch how much lemon juice I add to the marinade!
Next on my Mediterranean Magic hit-list are:
France~ Ham & Herb Omelette & French Fries
Spain & Portugal~ Piri Piri Lamb & Rice Salad
Suspiros (Meringue Kisses)
Spanish Orange Cake
North Africa~ Harissa Lamb & Harissa Chicken
Italy~ Pork Meatballs in Roasted Vegetable Sauce
Herbed Gnocchi in Tomato Sauce
Baked Spinach Cannelloni
Vanilla Panna Cotta
Greece~ Stifado (Greek Beef Stew)
The Middle East & Turkey~ Falafel & Houmous
Chicken Shish Kebabs & Coleslaw
Yummy…now I’m hungry!