Category Archives: RECIPES

Recipe – Banana Walnut Chocolate Cake

I’m not much of a banana-eater but I felt compelled to save some that were destined for the bin as they’d turned black and I remembered an old recipe where only overripe bananas will do. It certainly isn’t the prettiest … Continue reading

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Recipe: ‘Croccante di Noccioli e Pistacchi’ (Tuscan Hazelnut & Pistachio Crunch)

Deliciously crunchy, glossy and utterly more-ish, the recipe for this classic Tuscan treat came from Antonio Carluccio and is usually served around Christmas and on festive occasions. With the first snows of the season recently, I was feeling decidedly festive … Continue reading

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Now That It’s Soup Weather…

Chilly days and frosty nights promote a longing for hearty soups – one of the nicest things about autumn. Whether it’s soup of a chunky main-course variety or something simple that you might enjoy for lunch with a toasted cheese … Continue reading

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Recipe – Mattar Panner (Braised Indian Cheese with Peas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic & Spices)

This is one of the nicest mattar paneer dishes I’ve come across and although it requires stove-top attention for about 45 minutes, it’s simple to make. I’ve adapted this recipe by Naved Nasir (Executive Chef at Dishoom “…a hip Bombay-style … Continue reading

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Recipe – Baked Almond & Tofu Pudding with Berries

Silken tofu is extremely versatile when used in desserts, sauces and dressings, quite unlike its firm or extra-firm cousin which is best treated as a meat substitute; skewered, smoked, casseroled or baked in savory dishes. Apart from the protein factor, … Continue reading

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Recipe – Pork Braised in Coconut Milk with Ginger, Chili, Fish Sauce & Kale

Despite taking about 90 minutes to cook on the stove-top involving an occasional stir, this is a really simple dish that rewards you with succulent chunks of pork bathed in a rich, spicy, ginger-y coconut sauce, spiked with  nam-pla (Thai … Continue reading

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Recipe – Pasta with a Shrimp Sauce

My love affair with Italian cuisine began long ago in the late 1950’s when our father, who was quite the gastronome unbeknownst to me back then, took us one Saturday morning to an Italian delicatessen that had just opened in … Continue reading

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