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What to add to this recipe to give a bit of...zing?

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linspins Sat 23-Feb-13 20:07:30

My lovely DH cooked me one of Jamie Oliver's '15 minute recipes' tonight, it was feta salad filo parcels. Basically: chickpeas, spinach, feta, lemon zest and a tiny bit of paprika, parcelled up in filo and oven baked. They were vey nice, but slightly underwhelming (and too big - we'll make the parcels smaller next time). Both of us agreed that it needed a bit more spice or...something to give a bit of oohmph.
What do you think would be good to add to this? - I'm not very good at knowing which tastes/spices/seasonings combine well.
Thanks, lovely mumsnetters. xxx

Hassled Sat 23-Feb-13 20:09:42

Are you really meant to do all that in 15 mins? Blimey.

I'd say just more paprika - or pimenton, which is a hotter, smokier paprika. Lemon juice as well as zest?

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 23-Feb-13 20:12:04

I love chickpeas, but do think that they need a lot of seasoning. So that, ad what Hassled said!

tethersend Sat 23-Feb-13 20:13:23

Try some za'atar.

sarahandduck Sat 23-Feb-13 20:14:36

Or ras-el-hanout

Lafaminute Sat 23-Feb-13 20:15:16

chilli flakes and a dollop of ready made humous???? or semi-dried tomatoes??

TheOneWithTheNameChange Sat 23-Feb-13 20:16:55


nextphase Sat 23-Feb-13 20:17:56


Abigail9580 Sat 23-Feb-13 20:18:36

Chillie flakes. Or fresh coriander and lime instead of lemon?

Lattetogo Sat 23-Feb-13 20:18:55

How about Sumac? Astringent, sour, smokey, and earthy at the same time, sumac is a very complex spice. Key will be adding the right amount.

linspins Sat 23-Feb-13 21:18:14

Blimey, I'm going to have to look some of that up! I do know nutmeg...
Hassled, yeah, all the recipes take way more than 15 mins. Don't know who Jamie is trying to kid.
Well, lots of suggestions to think about. Thanks all!

Selks Sat 23-Feb-13 21:52:36

sundried tomatoes would be my suggestion.

FurryDogMother Sat 23-Feb-13 21:53:59

Fresh spearmint. Really.

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