When a dear foodie friend gifted me the cookbook PLENTY by Yotam Ottolenghi a few years ago, my experience as a 'home chef' was elevated forever. Both PLENTY and his more recent offering JERUSALEM occupy the VIP corner of my bookshelf and I reach for them whenever I'm looking for culinary inspiration.
Yotam's dishes are inspired by the generations old, rich and sophisticated cuisines of the Middle East. Simple to prepare yet utterly complex in the unique and unexpected combinations of flavors, all his recipes have woken up my palate to new possibilities, if not completely blown me away.
We close our cardamom series then with an easy to execute, comforting and totally delicious one pot meal for the family table. Cardamom joins hands with cinnamon and clove to enliven a chicken and rice pilaf with caramelized onions, juicy golden raisins, fresh dill, parsley and cilantro. Let's get cooking.