Category Archives: Condiments and Dips

Our favorite dips and condiments to help spice up your Whole Food meals

Basil mint pesto

mint and basil pesto

This is a great pesto to have in your repertoire to jazz up a meal. It is very easy, but transforms a simple lamb chops or lamb tenderloin into a meal.


  • Large handful of mint
  • Large handful of basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Handful of toasted pine nuts
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Done!

Nice with Lamb tenderloins and served with Broccoli and fried garlic

Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Give the people what they want

Lebanese Seven Spice Powder

Lebanese 7 spice powder
A staple in any Lebanese kitchen, the aromatic blend is very versatile and works wonders as a dry rub on fish, chicken and especially meats such as lamb. All of the spices used in this mix are readily available in most supermarkets.


  • 5 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons ground fenugreek
  • 4 tablespoons ground ginger


  1. Mix spices well until completely blended
  2. Store in an air tight container, and use as a seasoning, as a rub for meat or poultry, and in the Lebanese lamb burgers

Music to go with it…
Listen on Spotify: Wild Beasts – Mecca

Courgette and Tahini Lime Dip

Courgette and tahini lime dip

This is an easy to prepare dip which goes well with cucumber, carrots and celery sticks for an afternoon snack.


  • 2 Courgettes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Handful fresh coriander
  • Couple of mint leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp tahini


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender end blend until smooth.

Nice as a snack with cucumber, carrots and celery sticks.

About tahini
According to Wikipedia, Tahini is made from sesame seeds that are soaked in water and then crushed to separate the bran from the kernels. The crushed seeds are soaked in salt water, causing the bran to sink. The floating kernels are skimmed off the surface, toasted, and ground to produce an oily paste.

Because of tahini’s high oil content, many manufacturers recommend refrigeration to prevent spoilage. This is particularly true among makers of raw, organic tahini, who will often prepare their tahini at low temperatures and ship and store it in refrigerated cases to maximise quality and shelf life. Used in middle eastern cooking, it has a peanut buttery flavour.

Music to go with it…
Kraak & Smaak – Plastic People