Who else struggles to come up with vegetarian meal options? I know I do! I try to plan at least one vegetarian meal a week when I sit down and do our monthly meal plan up. I know hubby dreads these days as I struggle to get past the Quiches, Quinoa Patties and Quinoa Fried Rice. He's a meat guy and I try to make vegetarian night a bit interesting, flavoursome and rib sticking good. I have to say though I think 9 times out of 10 I fall flat on my face. Until the day I made these middle eastern pitas! Winner.
Two thing inspired me to make these pitas. The first was the Jerusalem Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. I had just finished reading this book and was truly inspired by the middle eastern flavours and textures this books holds. Every recipe made me want to go and cook it. You must get yourself a copy if you haven't already read it (or get it out at your local library like I did). The second thing was finding this stunning purple Thai eggplants at our local markets. I picked them up having no idea what I was going to make with me but I knew I had to buy some because they just look so spectacular. While I was picking some out to buy a couple walked passed and asked what I was going to make with them. They were intrigued with the jewel like colour and size of them as well. I had a few ideas in my mind and told them I might makes such things as a Eggplant & Vegetable Curry, Baba Ganoush (eggplant style dip) or an Eggplant Parmigana. They were most impressed and the hubby wanted to buy some right there and then, however the wife seemed a bit more hesitant at the prospect of trying to find something to make with these eggplants and talked her husband out it. I should of sent them to this here site and my Eggplant & Vegetable Curry.
I just couldn't wait to finish the shoot to eat my lunch.......
If you are a meat lover at heart and need a bit of beefy goodness in your life why not try my Perfect Meat Pie or my Homestyle Beef Burger with Golden Crunchy Chips!