How to cook with pomegranates

miss yasemin drawing with painted pomegranates on top

You’ve seen them. Lurking around your neighbour’s front garden, peeking over the fence. Quiet and unsuspecting, they steal what they can and briskly walk away before they're caught.

miss yasemin watercolour painting of fence with pomegranate tree

No I’m not talking about leprechauns or garden gnomes. I’m talking about your local European grandma.

miss yasemin watercolour painting of handbag with pomegranate, sunglasses and knitting

We have a big pomegranate tree in our front garden and no fence. My man Adam caught one snooping around when he pulled in the driveway one afternoon.

We were stripped bare last year, so it was lucky mum put a net on it. No pomegranates for you, nonna *

*(just kidding, we couldn’t resist giving her one with her adorable broken English)

But in all seriousness, what does nonna do with them when she gets home? Once you’ve wedged a big one open and covered yourself in pink spots…what do you do with all the sour ruby-red arils?

miss yasemin watercolour painting of pomegranate and pomegranate juice


1 answer:

miss yasemin pink watercolour writing of 'Make A Kiss-ass Salad'

I have 2 favourites:

1.     Mum’s red salad

2.     Pomegranate tabouli

miss yasemin watercolour painting of mum's red salad ingredients


- 3 truss tomatoes, diced

- 1 cup pomegranate arils

- ¼ red onion, finely diced

Note: this recipe is incredibly flexible so adjust the amount of each ingredient according to how you like it.


- 1 tbs red wine vinegar

- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

- salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl.  In a small bowl stir the dressing ingredients until an emulsion forms. Add dressing to salad.

* 1 part vinegar: 2 parts oil works for any kind of salad dressing you want to make


miss yasemin watercolour painting of pomegranate tabouli ingredients

This recipe's a winner. I've made it at least 10 times and it works a treat.


- 1 cup pomegranate arils

- 1/2 cup burghul wheat

- 1 cup boiling water

- 1 cup parsley

- 1/2 cup mint

- 2 shallots finely chopped

- juice of 1/2 lemon (extra to taste)

- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

- salt and pepper to taste

Note: this recipe is flexible to the amount of ingredients you have. Like less pomegranate? No problem. Have less parsley available in the garden? All good, use what you have.

photos and paintings of miss yasemin cooking pomegranate tabouli

There you go! 2 ways with pomegranates!

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With love,