Flame Toasted Wholemeal Pitta, with chunky salsa and cumin yoghurt.

Since the day some bright fella dropped his food on the fire, decided to eat it and thought "damn that's good!" (or whatever, I'm not a historian) we have been grilling, burning, roasting and steaming our way to a whole host of awesome dishes.

We might have moved on a little, we've built ovens and microwaves - a whole host of things to cook for us..

But damn!  I still love cooking things on a fire.  With the open flames, the smell as it cooks and the anticipation as you're waiting for it to cool slightly so you can rip into it.  It promotes a sense of wonder, and even though we have all these other methods of cooking, fire is still around....

There' just something magical about fireside eating.

I mean, you don't see a family huddled round an oven waiting for it to bake your dinner with a sense of wonder.  Or maybe you do.  I'm not here to judge.

With the weather STILL as it is, (We've even had thunderstorms this week) the summer food is still on the go.  Sometimes it's nice to mix it up a bit.  Instead of grilling up another burger, try mixing up a bowl of this salsa, take a pack of pittas, sit round a fire and make this up for dinner.

Or do it on your gas hob.  I mean, we don't all have a barbecue or fire pit in our garden.  (See.  I cater for the masses.)

Whatever you decide, be safe!  Fire is dangerous and wonderous for a reason.

Burns aren't fun.

Okay, first things first - I'm not promoting you go out and buy a fire pit to make this.  Actually, if you have it, a gas hob on full will do the job too (actually, it'll do it a lot quicker, but shhh...) and if you have neither of these things, then I dunno... use a candle.  But not a scented one.  Ergh.

So let's get a start on this...

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Don't be put off by the ingredients list.  If you want to miss something out, swap it for something you like.  If the thought of seeds on top makes you nervous, try some bacon bits instead.  I'm not here to lecture you on your health (though, fun fact, linseed is apparently a pretty awesome health food) so go nuts.

This serves four.

Pack of 4 large wholemeal pittas
250g natural unsweetened yoghurt
1/4 red pepper
1/4 yellow pepper
1/4 orange pepper
1 medium red onion
1 tomato
1 celery stick
3 inch slice of cucumber
1 spring onion
2-3 baby corns
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon golden linseed (AKA Flax seed)
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive/coconut oil (go for your favourite)
1 teaspoon garlic puree
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Chop up your Peppers, onion, tomato, celery, cucumber, spring onion and baby corn into small chunks.  Place them all in a large serving dish.  Next, in a little jug, mix together the oils, garlic puree, lemon juice and honey.  Give it a good whisk until everything is nice and smooth.  Pour over the vegetables and mix until it's covering everything.  Cover and pop in the fridge until ready to use.

Next, simple as anything, mix the cumin into the yoghurt.  Pop back in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Now, my favourite bit.  Wrap your seeds in some foil and place on the fire (or on top of the gas hob).  Next wrap each pitta individually into tin foil and place that in the fire (I repeat, or on top of the gas hob) for about 5-10 minutes until it's starting to get crunchy.  Then, carefully peel off the foil, and char the edges on an open flame for a few minutes to get that nice blackened taste.  Don't go mental, you don't want to be eating slabs of charcoal.  Take out your little packet of seeds too.

Now plate up your pitta, scoop some yoghurt on top, and scatter a generous helping of salsa on top of that.  Then scatter those tasty seeds on top of that.  Like a tower of tastiness.  Now eat up.

Before I go, I just wanted to share this great moment that Kris captured of Gen.

The old hound is over 10 now.   She can still pull off a pretty good set of puppy eyes. =]


  1. Very colourful and flavourful! Now I need a glass of cold beer to go with this delicious toasted pita!

  2. Wow Emma! Look at the list of ingredients for this pita! I have no doubt this is delicicous recipe!!! Thanks for sharing this and the cute pic of Gen! :D

  3. Beautiful colours and great flavours! This pita looks really good, I want to have a bite of this!

  4. This toasted pita sound like a wonderful meal. Sounds nice and healthy and tasty. Cute puppy.

  5. Wow, that really looks delicious

  6. This looks stunning! Seriously amazing photos and sounds lush too! Gorgeous dog!


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