Anna Jones’ za’atar and garlic flatbreads

This is the first time I’ve made flatbreads at home and this Anna Jones recipe made it extremely easy. They will go really well with dips, or served alongside middle eastern food. As for za’atar, it’s a middle eastern spice mix made out of oregano, basil, thyme, savoury, cumin and sumac. It’s really aromatic and perfect for sprinkling over food for extra flavour.

Anna Jones za’atar and garlic flatbreads

Makes 6 flatbreads | Prep 10 minutes | Cook 15 minutes
Easy | Vegetarian


You’ll need:
For the flatbreads

  • 400g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting;
  • 300ml milk;
  • 1 tsp salt.

For the za’atar butter

  • 2 tbsp za’atar;
  • 100g butter;
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped.

Put all the ingredients for the flatbreads into the bowl of a food processor and pulse, until the mixture forms a ball. Alternatively, mix using a fork, to begin with, and bring together with your hands into a dough. Tip the dough out on to a clean work surface dusted with flour. Knead for a minute or so to bring it together. Divide the dough into six equal pieces. With your hands, flatten one piece of dough, then use a rolling pin dusted with flour to roll it into an oval shape about 4-5 mm thick. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.

Put the za’atar, butter and garlic in a small pan over a medium heat until bubbling. Remove from the heat and put to one side while you cook the flatbreads.

Warm a frying pan that’s a bit larger than your flatbreads over a medium heat. Once it is hot, cook each flatbread for one to two minutes on each side, until puffed up and charred a little. Slather the butter over the flatbreads with a spoon. Eat while hot.

Original recipe by Anna Jones from Feast magazine, available here

Roast pumpkin, sage and taleggio risotto

If you follow my instagram page you may have seen that I’ve started a new cooking challenge, for myself and for those who follow me. Every few weeks I will be asking my followers to give me an ingredient to cook with. I then use the ingredient to make something from scratch without the help of a recipe and photograph/record the process. Hopefully, this will not only challenge my creativity but it will also help me to produce some more delicious recipes for you!

The first ingredient was pumpkin! I picked it out from about 6 or so suggestions because there is nothing that defines October for me like pumpkins do. The result was a lovely risotto, with delicious sage roasted pumpkin and creamy taleggio. I wrote up the recipe if you want to make it!

Roast pumpkin, sage and taleggio risotto

Serves 4 | Prep 20 mins | Cook 30 mins
Easy | Gluten-free | Meat-free


You’ll need:

  • 400g pumpkin, diced into chunks;
  • small handful sage leaves;
  • olive oil;
  • 50g butter;
  • 1 onion, finely chopped;
  • 280g Aroborio risotto rice;
  • 150ml white wine;
  • 1l – 1.3l vegetable stock, kept warm;
  • 100g taleggio cheese, chopped;
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve.

For the roast pumpkin, heat the oven to 220C/ 200C fan/Gas mark 7. Arrange the pumpkin on a large enough baking tray, sprinkle with the sage leaves, then drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Roast for 25 mins, turning once half way through until soft and slightly browned.


Meanwhile, start preparing the risotto. Heat a deep pan on a medium heat and melt the butter with a little olive oil. Add the onion and cook until browned (around 3 minutes). Add the risotto rice and stir well, coating with the butter all around, cook for a minute. Add 100ml of the wine and let it bubble for a minute. Then, gradually start adding the stock – a ladle at a time until all liquid is absorbed by the rice. This should take around 20 minutes. When you’ve used about 1l of the stock, check the rice – if it has softened your risotto is ready, however if it is still slightly tough keep adding stock.


When you are happy with the softness of your rice, add the final 50 ml wine, taleggio cheese and the roasted pumpkin and stir well until all liquid has been absorbed and the cheese has melted. Serve with a shaving of Parmesan, to taste.


I hope you enjoy this recipe which I developed as part of my ingredient challenge, showcasing one of my favourite vegetables, the pumpkin. If you would like to take part, do follow my Instagram page and look out for the next ingredient announcement!

Finally, special thanks to my friend Katrien for the photos she took! All featured in the post.