I like to roast chicken. I can play around with the marinade. There is one which I quite like. It uses an Arabic wild thyme called ‘zaatar’. You can’t get it here but I’ve got a lovely aunt (who cooks really well) and when she was based in the Mid-East, managed to get me a packet. That one packet lasted me for years. Now that she’s back there, I need to remember to ask her to get me one more as I only have about 2 tablespoons left of the good stuff.

The flavour for this roast chicken is rather strong so it’s best to not to add too much of the zaatar until you get used to the taste. The marinade is simple – zaatar, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Marinade for a few hours and then bake in the oven.

Zaatar- a mixture of Arabic wild thyme and sesame seeds. A very strong earthy woodsy flavour.


Right out of the oven


Served with a side of lettuce


Don't forget to pour some of the leftover juices from the pan onto the roast