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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. Yet I could easily recall […]

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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 good. It’s delicious garnished […]

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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 yogurt and fresh passion fruit. […]

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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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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 blocks halloumi cheese 2 tablespoons […]

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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 was actually quite a fussy […]

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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 MINS 200g (7oz) butternut squash, […]

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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 minutes Cook time 8 minutes […]

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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 fraiche and peppery flat-leaf parsley, […]

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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 my mom made me his […]

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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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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 oil, for frying 2 red […]

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