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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 and pepper 100g (1/2 oz) […]

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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. Well, I am here to […]

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BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA

This is my go-to recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. It’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. I love spicy lamb merguez sausages, but if you can’t find them, replace them with uncured chorizo sausages. By the time this is ready, the aromas wafting through the house will be making everyone ravenous. Bring […]

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CACAO CHIA PAN BROWNIE

Brownies are one of the easiest cakes to bake – perfect for those times when you just need a chocolaty treat. We’ve added chia seeds into the mix, although we have to admit the butter and sugar mean this isn’t the healthiest recipe, but we couldn’t resist including it.   MAKES 16 BROWNIES 120g butter, […]

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Chicken and Ham Hock PIE with Garlicky Butter Bean and Kale Mash

Serves 4 – 6 This is one of my family favourites, especially for those chilly autumnal evenings. The butterbean, garlic and mascarpone mash that we’ve used to top this pie makes a great alternative to pastry and what’s more, it’s gluten-free. Serve with your favourite greens and a good helping of family and friends. – […]

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TEAR ’N’ SHARE SLOPPY JOE SLIDER BAKE

I’m not sure why this much-loved American classic hasn’t hit it off over here in the UK. What’s not to love about mounds of spiced minced beef in a sandwich, topped with one of my guilty pleasures, processed cheese? I love the sharing nature of this dish – bring it straight to the table, tear […]

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Madame Wouezna’s Moroccan carrot & green olive salad

Traditionally in Moroccan cooking, carrots are enjoyed on their own, boiled and flavoured with lots of fresh herbs, cumin, paprika and olive oil. When my mother left Fes in northeastern Morocco for Belgium, right after she married my father and long before I was born, she was introduced to her neighbour, Madame Wouezna, also a […]

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Peach Melba with Raspberry Compote & Lemon Shortbread Shards

The esteemed French chef Auguste Escoffier claimed to have invented the Peach Melba in the early 1890s at the Savoy Hotel in London, in honour of the Australian soprano Nellie Melba, who was a guest at the hotel while performing at Covent Garden. Conjuring up images of Abigail’s Party, it’s as cute and kitsch as […]

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Midsummer Dream Cake

Most Swedes would agree that Midsummer wouldn’t be the same without a proper strawberry sponge cake. Swedish sponge cakes are often made extra juicy by the addition of fruit juice, and in this case I’ve chosen to use mango and orange juice, along with a touch of cardamom for extra aromatic interest. I wanted to […]

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Fig Tarte Tatin

GF VG (if honey not used in cream)   Serves 12 Preparation time: 50 minutes For the crust 175g (6oz) buckwheat flour, plus a little extra for rolling out 85g (3oz) almond flour 115g (4oz) coconut sugar 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed 2 1/2 tbsp water 70g (2 1/2oz) coconut butter 3–4 tbsp almond milk […]

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Crispy Asian salmon with green mimosa

This method of cooking salmon fillets in their own oil, which ensures they emerge from the pan crisp to the point of brittle at the edges while the centre remains succulent and buttery, is on a loop in our house and I have to fight my corner if I cook it any other way. A […]

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Roast tomatoes, fennel & chickpeas with preserved lemons & honey

It might seem a hassle to roast the fennel and tomatoes separately, but it does make things easier when you come to assemble this, as each element stays intact and keeps its shape. You can use flat-leaf parsley or mint leaves instead of coriander in the dressing, or extend the dish by adding leaves (rocket, […]

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Homemade Burger

PREPARATION TIME: about 25 minutes CUCUMBER SALAD: 1/4 cucumber or 1 baby cucumber 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon sugar Salt and pepper, to taste BURGER FILLING: 2 slices of tomato 2 slices of red onion 50g red cabbage or other type of cabbage 120g minced beef, max. 7% fat 1 bacon rasher 1 […]

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Brioches

ITALY Shall we have breakfast at home or in the bar? One thing’s for certain: breakfast will be sweet. Think of crème pâtissière secreted inside a delicious brioche. And a cappuccino, then maybe an espresso later on to really kick off the day. 150g (5 1/2 oz) 00 flour 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) milk […]

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Lox

From Emma Spitzer’s Fress: Lox is salmon that has been cured or brined but not smoked, and the dry curing really brings out the flavour of the fish. I was lucky enough to visit New York a few times as a child and to enjoy the typical Jewish delis where lox and cream cheese bagels […]

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