Figs with Feta, Pistachio and Lime Dip

This is a very versatile dip which tastes great with fresh vegetables of even tortilla chips. In my mind though this tastes absolutely delicious with figs.

Feta, Pistachio and Lime dip
200g Feta cheese
100g raw peeled pistachios
1 Lime
2 tablespoons Live natural yoghurt

Blitz the pistachos in a food processor until you have a rubble rather than a fine powder. Then crumble in feta and 2 tablespoons of the yoghurt until the feta has disappeared. Add the zest of the lime, then add the juice of the lime. One last blitz to bring it together then place into a bowl.

Chop the figs in half, place a dollop of dip over each fig. Just before serving drizzle over some honey. Serve alongside the dates.

Olive and Chilli Pasta Bake

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The second night of Ramadan and another quick and easy to assemble iftari for us. We decided to have pasta bake, simply because it was sooooo wet that day that the mere thought of something hot from the oven was very appetising. Yup, there is something so wrong with wanting things hot from the oven in July!
This is one of those dishes that I make so frequently with whatever is to hand. Essentially it was a very simple pasta sauce made by frying onions, garlic and a good pinch of chilli flakes followed by a couple of tablespoons of ground black olive paste and bottle of passata. Allow it to simmer then season. Pour in your cooked pasta, toss around and then top with fresh mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven just until the top is crispy. It hit the spot for me on a very soggy day.