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Ras el Hanout: Essential, Exotic Spice Blend for Persian Cooking #Persiana

If, like me, you're an acolyte of Persian cook and writer Sabrina Ghayour and the intoxicating Middle-Eastern recipes in her new cookbook Persiana, you'll be needing some Moroccan ras el hanout spice blend sooner or later. I originally published this much simplified ras el hanout recipe below in my book...

Tuna Ceviche with Ginger, Lime and Chilli

Ceviche is a dish of South American origin, whereby spanking fresh fish straight from the ocean is bathed in citrus - mostly lime - juices to lightly 'cook' it. The lavish addition of finely chopped fresh coriander, sweet red and yellow peppers and chilli is standard; some recipes also...

Crisp and Crunchy Southern Fried Chicken

Love you some crisp and crunchy fried chicken? Here it is! We're eclectic eaters in my house. There's me, living mainly on plant food, raw juices and wishful thinking, my teenage daughter the recent convert to vegetarianism, my teenage son who likes all food as long as there's plenty of...

How to Make Devilled Kidneys on Toast

I consider it a mark of a true connoisseur if someone loves offal. Or variety meats, as the Yanks call it so daintily. It's not an easy thing to prepare well, let alone love to eat, but seeing as I grew up in the country with a dad who...

Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats

Sticky, chewy, crunchy and luridly coloured, Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats have no nutritional value and a load of sugar, which makes them perfect for a children's party. I once came across a very sad little boy whose mum had sent him to a kiddies' birthday party with a small plastic...

Brazil Nut and Marshmallow Rocky Roads

There isn't a child alive who doesn't love a Rocky Road. Or a grown-up, for that matter. Unhealthy, I hear you say? Far from it! Dark chocolate is practically the poster child for the antioxidant brigade, brazil nuts are packed with cancer-fighting selenium, marshmallows remind you of the happy...

Cherry Berry Apple Crumble

  You can make this easy crumble with almost any mixture of fruit and berries, but the combination below is one of my all-time favourites. I have to physically restrain myself from eating third, fourth and fifth helpings and sometimes I only stop because my family want some too. You could...

Pickled Cherries, Cherry Chutney and Cherries in Brandy or Vodka

Cherry season is all too short and one of the highlights of my cooking year. A few weeks ago, I suddenly realised that I'd seen no cherries around yet, even though October had come and gone. Had I missed the season? Could I really have been that preoccupied? Surely not...

How to Make Tofu Baked with Tomato and Basil Pesto

A lot of people find tofu tricky but I love it. Granted, it doesn't look, smell or taste like much on its own but boy, treated properly with some good flavourings it sure turns into a knock-out meal. Packed with protein, low in fat and easily digested, you'd really...

Eggplant Rolls Baked with Halloumi, Rocket and Red Peppers

My 14 year-old daughter recently decided to be vegetarian. Much as I support her lifestyle choices (hear hear for the plant food lovers), I suddenly find myself thinking a lot more about food and cooking than I usually do. It's so easy to just fling a chop or steak in...