However when the challenge was announced, I was away from home (hence the blog silence over the last ten days or so) visiting my Mum, so I thought that rather than introducing the inevitable bias when "randomly" choosing a book of my own, with my hand tending to hover over a favourite, I would pick one from her much more limited collection - furtively snapped on my phone while she was lost in yet another monologue of wartime reminiscences.....
I just closed my eyes and grabbed, and picked out this tiny book, Lebanese Cooking, that looks as if it probably came from the bargain shelf of the local garden centre (one of her favourite sources of cook books in her more mobile days)
The pita breads were much less successful, going dry and crispy before they were cooked through. I think I will go back to my usual trick of making a naan dough and shaping it into pita sized breads! The recipe said the chicken and hummus were to be rolled inside the pita, but since that was impossible I dished them up side by side. We had lots of green salad with it, and some cucumber sticks to dunk in the hummus. The only change I made to the recipe was that the instructions told you to add the marinade to the chicken dish immediately before serving. Eeek! Add liquid raw chicken has been sitting in for several hours to a fully cooked dish? No thank you..... I added it as soon as the chicken was browned and let it caramelise on the outside of the pieces instead. I checked the publication date of the book and it was 1996 - surely after the first salmonella scare that taught us that everything to do with poultry had to be fully cooked?
Verdict? The chicken was lovely but not the kind of thing I would normally have used a recipe for. In fact, looking through the book, I would say the same about most of the recipes. Although if the aubergines being grown by my husband come to anything, I will be trying the tasty looking Eggplant and Tahini Dip.