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Za’atar Pita

za'atar pita recipe vegan

A Trip To Tel Aviv

Inspired by my trip to Israel (with the guys from Vibe Israel) here is a really simple pita recipe, which is topped with the beautiful seasoning za’atar. It’s not often I write about my recipes and the inspiration but I loved the whole experience of trying this bread in a busy side street in Jerusalem. It was humid November afternoon and we had been waving through the busy streets in Jerusalem.  Our amazing tour guide had just hopped across the stream of people to grab a huge pita, straight off the burner which was topped with garlic, za’atar and lots of olive oil.

As we were all tearing pieces off the bread we listened to a story of how the pitas came about, from the old wives tales of the women creating small businesses selling their version of pita. With tough competition from other bakers, it was about creating the most delicious. It was fascinating hearing how old some of these recipes would be whilst eating away. Either way I hope this version does it justice and inspires you to try za’atar pita.

These photos were taken by the very talented Amir Menahem – a magician when it comes to capturing  Vibe Israel tours!
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan

Break Down Of Ingredients

Quick Yeast

For this recipe, you don’t need to activate the yeast before hand, it’s an ‘all in one’ recipe. The key is to have luke warm water to activate it once mixed together.

Strong White Bread Flour

You can use plain flour however I’d highly recommend strong white bread flour if you can get your hands on some.


I was lucky enough to pick up fresh za’atar from Israel when I visited in 2019. You can find za’atar in most supermarkets however if you have a middle eastern supermarket in your town / city, I will bet they have the best quality produce!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Again, sourcing a good quality olive oil will give this recipe a slight edge. Using a beautiful oil to garnish will compliment all of the flavours.

za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan


za'atar pita recipe vegan

Za'atar Pitas

Za'atar Pitas inspired by my visit to Jerusalem in Israel. Beautifully fluffy on the inside and with a golden surface topped with za'atar seasoning from Tel Aviv.
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine israeli


  • 380 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 7 g instant yeast
  • 280 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp za’atar seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Simply mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil, bring together to form a loose dough
  • Move onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes
  • Pop back into the clean bowl with a glug of olive oil at the bottom to stop it sticking, cover in a tea towel and leave to proof for around 1 hour (if it’s cold in your home it make take 1.5-2 hours)
  • [preheat the oven to 200°C fan]
  • Once risen, knock back the dough and divide into 4 (you can divide into however many pitas you’d like to make)
  • Using your fingers, prod the each ball of dough until you’ve created the pita shape (should be around 1-2cm thickness)
  • Mix the olive oil and za’atar in a bowl and brush over the tops of the pitas and add a good pinch of sea salt to each then bake on a tray for around 12-15 minutes or until golden on top
  • Allow to cool and dip into some delicious hummus or extra virgin olive oil
Keyword bread, israeli, pita, pitas, pitta, tel aviv, za'atar
Bread & Dough Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Simple Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia

garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe

Simple Focaccia Recipe

This simple garlic and rosemary focaccia was one of the first bread recipes I had tried making. Even if you’re new to making bread hopefully you will find this one a great place to start. This recipe is perfect for making big focaccia sandwiches or for dipping into soups, stews and lasagnes.



Yields 10-12 Slices

garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe

Ingredients Break Down

Strong white bread flour – Using plain flour will work, however I highly recommend strong white bread flour. It contains more gluten than plain making the dough more elastic.

Quick yeast – like my pita recipe you don’t need to activate the yeast beforehand, it’s all done within one bowl. Top tip, make sure the water is room temperature before adding (this will help activate the yeast)

Good quality olive oil – this recipe includes a lot of olive oil, so finding a good quality product will really help. Even if you use regular olive oil for the main dish, I’d suggest a good quality extra virgin olive oil to coat at the end.

Tomatoes – I’ve added tomatoes to one of the variations, but feel free to have this as simple as possible with just rosemary and salt. In this adaptation I added 3 cloves of roughly chopped garlic and 70g vine tomatoes.

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garlic and rosemary easy vegan focaccia recipe

Garlic & Tomato Focaccia

Easy, no fuss focaccia recipe. Brilliant for those who are new to making bread!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Proving TIme 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins


  • 320 g strong white bread flour
  • 220 ml luke warm water
  • Large pinch sea salt
  • 7 g fast yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin will also work

To top:

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary roughly chopped to add to the dough’s surface
  • 3 large cloves garlic roughly chopped to add to the dough’s surface
  • 6 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil +1 tbsp to drizzle over after baking
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Add the flour, yeast and salt into a bowl and mix together
  • Pour in the 220ml luke warm water whilst bringing the dough together with your other hand, add the olive oil then bring together to form a loose dough
  • Knead the dough on an oiled surface for around 5 minutes then place back in the bowl with a drop of olive oil to stop it sticking to the bottom and sides
  • Cover in a tea towel and leave in a warm place to proof for around 45 minutes (or until doubled in size)
  • Once risen, knock back the dough by kneading for a few seconds then drizzle 1tbsp olive oil in the base of the baking dish / bread pan and place the dough inside, then leave for a further 30minutes

Preheat the oven to 200°C

  • Once the dough has risen and filled more of the baking tray, gently use your fingers to poke the dough until it gradually spreads to fit snug in the baking dish (this should be a gentle process rather than forcing the dough to stretch)
  • Fill the dimples made with your fingers with the roughly chopped garlic cloves, tomato halves and chopped rosemary sprigs then drizzle the last 1tbsp olive oil on top & season heavily with the sea salt flakes
  • Bake at 200°C for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top, allow to cool fully before slicing (this is the hardest part waiting!)


If the dough is sticking to the surface, add 1 tbsp to help the dough wet and smooth. You want to be able to pick the dough up without it sticking to the base of the bowl or counter top so don't be afraid to add more olive oil at each stage.
Keyword bread, Easy Dough, Focaccia, Garlic bread

If you like this recipe why not try my easy pita recipe. These za’atar roasted pittas are a delicious recipe to have up your'atar pita recipe vegan

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

10 Minute Garlic Mushroom Pasta

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan


•2 portions of dried or fresh pasta (you be the judge of your own portion?)

•180g chestnut mushrooms

•2 large garlic cloves

•1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

•1/4 tsp sea salt

•50g spinach

•1/4 tsp chilli flakes

•125ml oatly cream (single cream)


1.Bring the pasta to boil in a pot of water with a generous pinch of salt ( boil for 10 minutes)

2. In a separate pan chop the mushrooms then add to a deep frying pay with a generous glug of olive oil, fry for around 4-5 minutes

3. Finely chop the garlic then add to the pan with the garlic and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until cooked

4. Add the single oat cream and stir in the black pepper, salt and chilli flakes

5. Drain the water from the pasta (leaving a little to stir in with the sauce) then pour the cooked pasta, spinach and water in with the garlic sauce

Taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed & enjoy!

*note, I love adding a little dash of smoked paprika too*

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Bloody Mary Orzo Soup with Kale and Pesto

bloody mary orzo soup with kale and pesto


1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Cox’s Bloody Mary Spicer

1 red onion

4 cloves garlic

1 400g tin butter beans or black beans

80g kale

200 g passata

700ml veg stock

½ cup dried orzo

1 bay leaf

½ tsp salt


3 tbsp fresh pesto (recipe here)


Finely chop the onion and add to a pot with a glug of olive oil and fry for around 5-6 minutes

Mince the garlic cloves and add to the pan and fry for a further 1 minute

Add the passata, veg stock, drained beans and bay leaf and bring to a simmer for around 5 minutes

Add the bloody mary spicer along with the chopped kale, orzo and a good pinch of salt to taste and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes

Taste test adding a little more spicer or salt if needed

Serve into bowls and top with 1 tbsp fresh pesto on each bowl


orzo soup with pesto
bloody mary orzo soup with kale and pesto
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites

Pulled Vegan Chick’n Pitas with Za’atar

vegan pulled chicken wraps

Za’atar Pulled Chicken Pitas Recipe (Vegan Friendly)

These pitas stuffed with vegan pulled chicken (using Linda McCartney) are a delicious lunch idea, or simply double up the portion to make a feast at dinner. Using za’atar after being inspired by my trip to Israel with Vibe Israel it has influence from the Middle East.

Recipe Breakdown

Vegan Pulled Chicken – The Linda McCartney pulled chicken is a great product. It doesn’t taste meaty but has a really good texture so is a perfect balance for veggies and vegans who want an extra protein source.

Homemade Pita- This is completely optional, however you’l be surprised to see how easy it is to recreate these at home (and how cheap!)
Za’atar- This is a selection of herbs and seeds from the Middle East consisting of oregano, thyme, sesame seeds and cumin.
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Tips for the pitas

Prove- Allow the dough to prove within a warm spot in your home. Don’t try to speed up the process by popping it in the oven on a low heat. If it’s really cold, it may take a little longer and the same applies if it’s a beautiful summers day – it might only take 30 minutes.

Thin or Puffed- If you want a pita with the air pocket in the middle roll out the dough to around 1.5cm thick, whereas if you want a thinner more ‘flatbread’ texture, simply roll out to around 0.8mm.

High Temperature- Get your oven as hot as it can go, these pitas love high heat. If you have a pizza oven even better however if not, just whack up the heat to around 220-250ºC

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vegan pulled chicken wraps

Za'atar Pulled 'Chicken' Pitas

Inspired by my trip to Tel Aviv, these za'atar pulled 'chicken' recipes were part of a project with Linda McCartney to give a delicious vegan lunch idea.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Proving Time 1 hr
Servings 4 People


  • 1 pack of Linda McCartney 'pulled chicken'
  • 1 heaped tbsp za'atar
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the mayo:

  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp za'atar
  • 1 tsp water

For the filling:

  • 100 g seasonal tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • Large handful spinach
  • 2 large handmade pittas per person:
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 ml warm water
  • 1 tsp fast yeast
  • pinch salt


  • Add the pulled chicken to a pan with the oil and fry for around 5-6 minutes, then add a splash of water
  • Season with the za'atar and salt and continue frying for a further 3-4 minutes. Set aside
  • Take the fresh pitas out of the oven then layer with the spinach, pulled chicken, thinly sliced cabbage and fresh tomatoes
  • Garnish with the mayo dressing and enjoy!
  • For the mayo, simply mix the ingredients together.

method for pita

  • Mix the warm water and yeast, sit for five minutes
  • Then mix with the other ingredients
  • Knead together for 10 minutes, leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour
  • Knock back the dough, divide into 8 equal balls,
  • Roll out each portion with a rolling pin until around 1cm thick then bake at 250ºC for 5-6 minutes
Keyword lunch ideas, lunch recipes, pita, pulled chicken, za'atar

If you like this recipe, why not try my za’atar pitas

za'atar pita recipe vegan

Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Glamorgan Sausage Roll

vegan glamorgan sausage roll
glamorgan sausage roll leek vegan
vegan glamorgan sausage roll



For the sausage mix 

150g leeks (around 2 small leeks)

100g / 1 cup breadcrumbs

1 ½ tsp smoked paprika

1 ½ tsp sage

1 tsp mustard

Large punch black pepper

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

250g apple sauce (unsweetened if possible)


For the pastry

1 sheet puff pastry (270g)

¼ cup stock (I used ½ stock cube with boiling water)

1 tbsp black sesame seeds




Preheat the oven to 200ºC


Finely chop the leeks then add the spices, breadcrumbs and nutritional yeast and mix together 


Then add the jar of applesauce and combine until everything is fully coated


Get in there with your hands, and roll the mixture into 3 similarly sized sausages (it helps if they’re approximately the same length as the shortest side of the pastry sheet)


Wrap the sausage mix in tin foil then pop in the fridge for 20 minutes


Take out of the fridge, then gently fry in a tsp olive oil for 6-7 minutes until turning golden on each side


Lay the sheet of pastry on a flat surface, pop one of the sausages along the shortest side, then roll the sheet over to make the first sausage roll 


There should be a little overlap in the pastry, so using a fork crimp the edge to help seal it


Repeat this with the two other sausages then lightly wash in the vegetable stock mix


Gently score the top of the pastry with a knife then finish with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds


You can either slice the long sausage rolls into mini ones before baking, or after - I like to do it before, and make around 8-10 small sausage rolls


Place on a baking tray on greaseproof paper and bake for around 15-18 minutes or until the pastry is golden


glamorgan sausage roll leek vegan
glamorgan sausage roll leek vegan
Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Crispy Tofu & Rice Burrito

Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan
Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan
Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan
Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan

I was asked to create two recipes with Tilda Rice, both easy peasy and full of flavour!

*The two recipes were sponsored on Instagram*


1 pack of Tilda Rice (I used USA Long Grain)

150g firm tofu (drained)

1/2 red pepper

1/2 cucumber

1 small carrot

2 wraps

2 tbsp vegan mayo



Chilli flakes

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp coriander (or just use a Mexican spice mix)

Good pinch salt


Cube the tofu and add to a frying pan with the seasoning and pop a heavy pan on top to press down (this'll help it go crispy) for around 10 minutes.

Add 1 tbsp vegan mayo to each wrap with a splash of lime and chilli flakes.

Thinly slice the pepper, cucumber and carrot and add to the wrap.

Pop the Tilda Rice  to the microwave and cook for 2 minutes then add to the wrap with the fried tofu.

Add another squeeze of the lime and garnish with fresh parsley and cracked black pepper.

Roll, wrap and enjoy!

Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan
Tilda Crispy tofu burrito vegan
Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Heirloom Tomato Tart in Garlic Creme Fraiche

heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan


For the pastry

1 sheet puff pastry

1 tsp tamari

1 tbsp oat milk

1 tbsp poppy seeds


For the creme fraiche

50g Oatly creme fraiche

1 tsp garlic powder


200g heirloom tomatoes

large pinch salt

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried thyme



Preheat the oven to 200ºC and take the pastry out of the fridge to come to room temperature

Roll the sheet out onto a baking tray then fold over the edges to create a border

Mix the oat milk and tamari then brush over the edges and top with the poppy seeds

Gently prick the pastry base with a fork 7-8 times then pop in the oven for 10 minutes


Whilst the pastry is rising, mix the garlic powder with the creme fraiche and slice the tomatoes


Once the pastry has risen, take out of the oven, add the creme fraiche to the base then top with the sliced tomatoes*, sprinkle the dried basil and thyme on top, add a pinch of salt then pop back in the oven for a further 12-15 minutes


Take out and enjoy!

*To avoid a soggy  bottom, try draining off the tomatoes juice before adding to the pastry


heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
heirloom tomato tart vegan
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

15 Minute Mexican Jackfruit Toasted Wraps

vegan mexican jackfruit wraps
vegan mexican jackfruit wraps
vegan mexican jackfruit wraps


1 tin jackfruit
1 pack of Schwartz Mexican Seasoning
1 small green pepper
1 small red pepper
4 gluten free tortilla wraps (BFree)
3 tbsp vg mayonnaise
1 lime
1 ripe avocado


Pull apart the jackfruit and add to a frying pan with 1 tsp olive oil and fry for around 8 minutes

Chop the peppers, add to the pan and season with the Mexican seasoning -Use another pan, place on top of the jackfruit mix (pop a bit of tin foil in between) and press down the help cook the jackfruit and peppers for a further 5 minutes

In a small frying pan, heat the tortillas on each side until toasted

Add a scoop of the vg mayonnaise to the tortilla, add a scoop of avocado, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, then layer on the jackfruit and pepper mix

Repeat until you've filled each tortilla and enjoy!

vegan mexican jackfruit wraps
vegan mexican jackfruit wraps
Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Moroccan Kebab Wraps

vegan moroccan kebabs


For the wrap

  • 4 Sainsbury's Moroccan vegbabs
  • 2 Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself wraps
  • ½ small red onion
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50g fresh tomatoes
  • 15g curly lettuce
  • 15g coriander
  • 30ml Sainsbury's organic rice vinegar

For the tzatziki-style dressing

  • 75g Alpro Yogurt Alternative
  • 6g fresh dill
  • 10g fresh lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5ml olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cucumber



Preheat the grill to 220ºC. Grill the vegbabs for 4 minutes on each side, then set aside.

Take the cucumber and prepare it by using a julienne peeler to create the ribbons then place in a small bowl and add the rice vinegar.

Toast the wraps on a shallow pan, then thinly slice the red onion and dice the tomatoes.

For the tzatziki, finely chop the cucumber, dill and mince the garlic then stir into the yogurt.  Squeeze the fresh lemon and season to taste with sea salt. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Assemble the wraps by adding the cooked vegbabs, pickled cucumber, red onion and tomatoes followed by 2 tbsp of the homemade tzatziki per wrap.

Top with more tzatziki, and fresh coriander.

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vegan tzatziki vegbabs
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