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AUBERGINE & CARAMELIZED ONION KUKU

Iranians are big fans of kuku, which is essentially a frittata. We have four classic versions, and one of them uses aubergines. Naturally, I have added my own twist in the form of caramelized onions and a little parsley. If you want to make this more of a meal, add…

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KEBAB KING CHICKEN SHAWARMA

I am a man who likes routine and on arrival to Beirut I have a very set agenda: head to my rented apartment in Mar Mikhael – I always choose one in this neighbourhood, it’s so fun – and then walk down the road to Makhlouf, a tiny kebab shop…

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Spring Fishcakes

This recipe came to me almost immediately when I was jotting down ideas for dishes for this chapter. Convinced that I had enjoyed these fishcakes when I still lived in Russia, I asked my mum and gran for our family recipe. Turns out they had never heard of the dish.…

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Vegetarian Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is a Malaysian Chinese dish that is usually topped with pork and shrimp and served on egg noodles. My vegetarian version swaps the meat and shellfish for braised Chinese mushrooms and minced soy protein and, in my opinion, they provide a rich, savoury topping that is just as…

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Chocolate meringue brownie

This is all chewy meringue and sticky, oozy, gooey chocolate. If you serve it still warm, the chocolate will be molten; however, it is just as good cold, and is a great make-ahead recipe. Either dark or milk chocolate would work. Try serving it with passion fruit yogurt or natural…

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Baked sweet potato, chorizo, mushrooms & egg

Sweet and earthy, always a winning combination. You can leave the egg off , or use bacon lardons instead of chorizo, if you prefer. A great, gooey, savoury-sweet plateful. Serves 2 2 sweet potatoes 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 150g (1/2 oz) chestnut mushrooms, cleaned, chopped into pieces salt…

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GRILLED HALLOUMI FLATBREADS WITH PRESERVED LEMON & BARBERRY SALSA

This is my version of a taco, but with all the punch and vibrancy you would associate with Middle Eastern flavours. You can substitute the halloumi for Indian paneer or tofu. The flatbreads alone are incredibly moreish – you may never buy shop-bought flatbreads again! MAKES 4 2 x 250g…

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Meet the Chef: Emily Leary

What is your earliest food memory?   Probably cooking with my lovely mum. Or if not that, my dad offering me £8.50 (that’s how much he had in his wallet!) to try a tiny spoonful of tomato sauce! Food you hated when you were a child and now love?  I…

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH WAFFLES

These have a delightfully gentle orange hue and sweet flavour, and can be enjoyed with savoury or sweet toppings. You will need a waffle iron, but if you don’t have one, you could make fluffy butternut pancakes with the same batter instead. PREP TIME: 10 MINS • COOK TIME: 20…

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TRIPLE BERRY HOTCAKES

Who can say no to a pancake breakfast? By a clever feat of culinary trickery, these bad boys pack a good 4 port ions of fruit into every serving. I love it when ‘health food’ comes disguised as ‘junk food’. Serves 2 | 4 portions per serving Prep time 5…

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St Patrick’s Day Supper

SALT-BAKED POTATO WITH CRÉME FRAICHE & IRISH TROUT CAVIAR SODA-BREADED BACON CHOPS WITH IRISH HONEY & WHISKEY DIP & COLCANNON GUINNESS CARAMEL TIRAMISU SALT-BAKED POTATO WITH CRÉME FRAICHE & IRISH TROUT CAVIAR One of my all-time favourite dishes to make, this combination of fluffy hot potato filling with silky créme…

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Meet the Chef: Alissa Timoshkina

What is your earliest food memory?  One episode springs up in my mind very vividly. I went on my first holiday with my mom and grandparents to a seaside resort of Sochi. I must have been three at the time. My dad could not join us for some reason but…

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Golubtsy for the Lazy: a Layered Cabbage Pie

Ever since I moved to the UK, I’ve come to realise that cabbage has a bad reputation here. The quintessential symbol of bad and smelly Eastern European cuisine, this nutrient-rich brassica is generally named as the main reason why some people dislike or are not keen to try Russian food.…

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Puttanesca Aubergine Parmigiana

This pepped-up parmigiana is an approximation of another Italian classic, puttanesca. Mind you don’t over-season the sauce – the capers and olives bring plenty of salt to the show. Nutritional yeast adds a deep savoury flavour to the crumb. Prep: 15 minutes |  Cook: 1 1/4 hours SERVES 4-6 olive…

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Brie in Brioche

I love to make this for lunch for the family or friends. In France it is quite usual to serve a light brioche with something savoury like cheese, liver pâté or smoked salmon; when we make this in classes it is often quite a revelation and always a big favourite…

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Meet the Chef: Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. In 2014, Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a stunning celebration of baking with Indian flavours. Her second book, Chai, Chaat & Chutney is delicious street…

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Steak night by Dan Doherty

Pan-fried steak SERVES 8 Preparation time none Cooking time see method, plus 10–30 minutes resting 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in rib eye steak 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in sirloin steak vegetable oil knob of butter sprig of rosemary handful of garlic cloves, bashed sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper Allow…

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Sweet Tomato & Curry Leaf Salad

What a delicious way to make the humble tomato side salad the star of the show! The juicy baby tomatoes are refreshing, the curry leaves bring fragrance, the chilli gives the dish a good punch and the lentils add texture. This versatile salad goes well with any dal or curry,…

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Sticky, spicy aubergines with toasted sesame seeds & spring onions

SERVES 4–6 AS A SIDE vegetable oil 3 large or 4 medium aubergines, halved lengthways and cut into 2.5cm-thick half-moons about 2 heaped tablespoons rose harissa, plus extra as desired 4 tablespoons clear honey, plus extra as desired Maldon sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper TO GARNISH 2…

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Kale, Bean & Winter Roots Soup

My gorgeous friend, florist Nikki Tibbles, has the most beautiful house in the country and I have been lucky enough to spend many weekends there, foraging, cooking and sharing suppers together. She makes a big batch of soup every weekend with whatever seasonal vegetables she has and packs it up…

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