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Doogh – Persian Fizzy Yogurt Drink

Doogh is a classic Iranian drink – refreshing, minty and bubbly! Perfect to cool you down or to wash down a big Persian meal.

Doogh. The word should conjure instant visions of a large Persian meal including mounds of beautiful rice and kabobs. Doogh is a fizzy, yogurty and minty drink – everything that makes it perfect for washing down a heavy meal or cooling you off.

Doogh (Iranian or Persian Yogurt Drink)

Doogh (Iranian or Persian Yogurt Drink)

Although unusual, this drink is simple and satisfying. The combination of yogurt with fizzy water and mint makes it a light counter-balance to a carb-laden meal. It’s also a refreshing drink to sip on during warmer weather – load it up with ice cubes for a cold treat!

And while the idea of a salty, carbonated drink may seem unfamiliar to some, it is actually very similar in components to a salty Indian lassi drink! And I couldn’t imagine anything going better with a savory meal than a savory drink!

I can see you thinking ‘beer!’ right now, but trust me. If you’re having Persian food, you’ll want doogh. You just will.

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Piment d’Espelette Roasted Carrots

Piment d’Espelette Roasted Carrots: this vegan carrot side dish has a warm kick from a Basque spice.

Vegan Piment d'espelette basque spice roasted carrots

Piment d’espelette spice roasted carrots

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite spices, which you’ve probably never heard of: Piment d’Espellete. It’s essentially a chili powder made from the Espellete Pepper, which is cultivated in the Basque region. It is a beautiful spice – while it gives your food a definite kick that you would normally associate with chili powder, it also has an underlying warmth that makes it great to use in pretty much anything. In fact in the Basque region it’s pretty much used in place of black pepper! I was introduced to it during my first visit to family in Biarritz, in the heart of the Basque country in France and discovered all the wonderful culinary treats of this region including the espelette pepper. Bon Appetit recommends it as a more ‘delicate alternative to cayenne powder’.

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Beet Tahini Dip

I had a revelation recently. A revelation in the form of this delicious, neon purple (magenta?), creamy beet tahini dip. Oh my word… I wanted to shmear it on everything and dip everything in it. It’s THAT good. For those beet lovers out there (Welcome, I am the President of the Beet-Lovers-Club) and for those who have a shaky relationship with beet alike, this is a must try. With just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes, you too can enjoy this incredibly easy, delicious and stunning dip. Did I mention gluten free and paleo if you care about those things? Yup. 🙂

Creamy Vegan Beet Tahini Dip

Creamy Vegan Beet Tahini Dip

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