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Sumac-middle eastern spice, can't track it down apart from on line...........

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DarrellRivers Fri 29-Aug-08 16:40:29

And I am desparate to cook a recipe tonight, are there any substitutes which might just cut it?
It's to use with lamb mince and sesame seeds, on a tomato, red onion and harissa flavoured yoghurt salad
Otherwise will post pone recipe until can get sumac on line

hoxtonchick Fri 29-Aug-08 16:42:58

do you want me to send you some from a local turkish shop? doesn't solve your problem tonight though. it's kind of lemony.

DarrellRivers Fri 29-Aug-08 16:47:08

Ahh you see, I miss London for that.
We have good Indian and Thai/Chinese spice grocers but no Turkish/Persian sad
I have found an on-line shop called the Spice specialist who don't charge shipping, so I will order some sumac plus some nigella seeds from them, but thanks for the kind offer.
Do you think if I cooked the mince with lemon juice it wwould be the same hmm

hoxtonchick Fri 29-Aug-08 16:48:24

hmmm, you could put the lemon juice on at the end. not sure though. hang on, will consult my claudia roden book.

hoxtonchick Fri 29-Aug-08 16:49:43

ok, claudia says it has an astringent sour flavour & it can be used instead of lemon. so you should be ok.

DarrellRivers Fri 29-Aug-08 16:53:10

oh thankyou, you're a star
have also ordered stocks in which should arrive by post next week, so am ready for the next flurry of cooking
I love middle eastern food
have a lovely weekend

hoxtonchick Fri 29-Aug-08 16:57:52

hooray. your recipe sounds delicious. i love middle eastern food too. we have fab turkish restaurants round here so we're indoctrinating the children .
hope you have a good weekend too.

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