Winner- Food52 Competition-To be Published in Food52 Cookbook

Click here for the winning recipe, and here for my interview, (above).

I am pleased and honoured to share with my readers that my recipe for Borani Esfanaaj won the Food52 competition for ‘Your Best Spinach Recipe’ this week and will be published in a crowdsourced cookbook entitled ‘Food52’ by HarperStudio. (Here is my recipe and the story of inspiration behind it, on my blog).

Food52 is an innovative project created by Amanda Hesser, ex-Food Editor of the New York Times Magazine and Merrill Stubbs, a freelance food writer and recipe tester. For 52 weeks, homecooks submit recipes to Food52, under a specific theme. Amanda and Merrill vet and select the best two each week, presenting these back to the Food52 community, who then vote on which one will make it into the cookbook. At the end of a year the winning recipes will be compiled in a book.

Many thanks to all the lovely Food52 community homecooks and to Amanda and Merrill. Here’s raising a glass to all homecooks and the founders of Food52! Jennifer Ann won the ‘wildcard’ this week, she is an ace cook, you can see her ‘Couscous with Roasted Fennel and Toasted Almonds’ recipe here.

Here is the link to my recipe.

Here is the link to my interview- you can scroll all the way down.

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  1. Shayma
    Just wanted to thank you…for bringing my attention to another wonderful food site. I had never heard of Food52 – what a brilliant concept. I have spent the past hour trawling through the archives.
    The wonders of the internet!

    Well done on the recipe.

  2. Hey Shayma, my dear! Thanks for your lovely comment on my chilli pickle recipe! Glad you like look of it – do try it. And of course, there are a number of variations on mum’s website, Mamta’s Kitchen.
    The ridiculous thing is, I can’t eat this particular pickle as it’s too hot for me – mum helped me make it, thank goodness, so she could do the tasting as she went, as I could not!

  3. Congratulations! Every time I visit the site, I get very hungry and realize how bad my own cooking is. You are a star. I love it.


  4. Congrats on the well deserved recognition…remember its not only Popeye who loves Spinach your recipe makes this leafy vegetable my all time Favorite.

    Keep them rolling Spicey!!

  5. @Jasmine Thank you so much.

    @Jo There are some really talented homecooks on Food52, do check out their lovely recipes. Thank you.

    @Maninas Grazie mille, cara.

    @Kavey That’s too bad, because it looks lovely.

    @Sarah Thanks so much- you’re the best!

    @Rachel Thanks for the lovely words.

    @Gourmand Thanks, as always 🙂

    @Sarka Thank you, dear.

    @Gluttonforlife Thanks, Laura, and thank you so much for the vote. x s

  6. Congratulations Shayma! I am so happy that you won and will spread the word about the wonderful foods and traditions that come from your neck of the woods!

  7. Yes, congratulations on winning the Food52 recipe contest, Shayma. Well-deserved recognition–this recipe is superb.

    I made your dip for my family over the Easter holiday when my son was home from college–I do wish I had doubled the recipe as it disappeared quickly.

    The saute step adds so much to this simple but delicious preparation, as does the olive oil and walnut garnish. I’m making this dip again next week–will up proportions so everyone gets his fill.


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