Melanzane alla parmigiana – a classic Italian recipe

As January comes to an end, we propose a classic Italian veggie bake: Aubergine Parmigiana. As usual with typical dishes, this is a homemade classic and every family has their own method and ingredients to make it. My friend Gianfranco from Puglia always says “You can be as beautiful as ever, but if you don’t…

Sesame Tuna with a modified Sauce Messine

Just as much as I easily find good cuts of meat in the Haringey wing of Seven Sisters, well sourced tasty fish is equally as impossible to find. So when I crave it, I make it a proper treat, spending a bit more, but trying to find some sustainably sourced fish. In this case, I got…

Pine nut and aubergine mezzelune

We are no chefs, but when it comes to the kitchen, we are quite crafty here at Blender and Basil. You know we are obsessed about homemade and we already shared with you our homemade pasta recipe. Pick that one up and once you get the hang of it, you’ll soon realise there are so…

Home Made Hummus: an easy recipe

Hummus, the well known Middle Eastern cream is versatile and perfect for every occasion. So much that we would hardly imagine a gathering without it served to accompany crudités or some crunchy bread. I understand it’s easy to buy hummus and in London you find quite an assortment – especially if you have a Turkish Shop…

Spanish cold soup: Gazpacho

The heatwave is finally here -even the UK is having its taste of summer- and here in London we are deliriously making the most of it. But the heart-warming English foods just won’t do during these sultry days, so we need advice from those who know a thing or two about summer: the Spaniards! Cold…

Strawberries and cream cupcakes

It might be a good year or just the wonderful local Turkish shop where I buy my fruit, but this year I had the best strawberries in a while. From mid May till now, I always have a box in the fridge ready to dig into! Then, when a special co-worker was leaving, she said…