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Moroccan Spiced Lamb and Chickpea Soup

Auburns, rusts and sepias are seeping into the landscape, slowly and surely painting over the greens. The purple-flowering Pride of India outside my kitchen window has a carpet of fallen leaves at its feet. Like slow tears, it sheds leaves all day and soon its white branches will be quite shorn of their proud plume. As much as I love summer and mentally resign myself to the inevitability of winter, the warm…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Vegetables

Rice and Cheddar Stuffed Jalapeños

On any given day you are likely to find at least five types of fresh and/or dried chillies in my fridge and kitchen cupboard. I simply love the flavour variations of different chillies as does my family.  Some are mild and sweet, some smoky, others fiery hot and still others that have a peppery tickle. Substituting one kind for another can drastically alter a dish, so it’s important  to use…

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Smoked Turkey and Rice Noodle Salad

Having survived a smothering by skies saturated with endless columns of cumulonimbus that almost caused a repeat of the Great Flood, I spent the first clear day chasing the sun at my local food market. During the rain, I sought the warm cocoon of spicy curries and deep, rich soups. But all that forced hibernation made me want to run out of my cave and inhale the freshly-spun sunshine. And the…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Rice Noodle and Skinny Meatball Soup

So, determined to end this tug-of-war, I decided to give a little to get a little (in simple terms, a healthy compromise). From my side I broke my meatless meal rule – but I did opt for very lean meat. And for his part he agreed to a ‘more veggies with a little meat’ dish (which was great!) The peace having been brokered, I made a Thai-style meatball and rice…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Mushroom and Beef Vietnamese Rolls

I like to keep things simple. But it’s not easy in a world that wants to complicate life with more. Going out for ice cream can be a nightmare – choosing between Haagen Dazs and Baskin Robbins; maybe consider frozen yoghurt, sorbet or gelato as well. Next step, flavours – fruity, cheesecakey, with chocolate chips, swirly…nuts? Do I want it in a cup (regular or large), normal or waffle cone?…

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Beetroot, Baby Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad

Making kids eat beet is a bit like subjecting them to Schubert or Mozart, while their souls swing to the hip-hop beat. In fact, I know most people aren’t nuts about beetroot, and that’s precisely why I tried this salad. I wanted to make beets cool. Most times they are seen on cheffy dishes -watched TV and then forgotten. But there’s a reason why chefs are cooking so much with…

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Roasted Butternut Squash Avocado and Feta Salad

Like Sade’s velvety voice, the luxurious creamy texture of this Roasted Butternut Squash Avocado and Feta Salad, wraps you in a soft, downy, duvet. I wanted to make a filling salad sans meat, so I chose ingredients with rich texture that would perfectly complement crisp slices of a baguette. Butternut squash gets better when roasted with a splash of olive oil, acquiring a lovely caramelly crunch that adds an extra…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Recipes/ Rice, Grains, Noodles & Pasta

Green And White Chicken Noodle Soup

If you had to give freshness a colour (or colours), what would they be? I’m guessing green would be the most natural choice and white too because it’s clean and light. In the mood for a light-as-air meal that wouldn’t induce a food coma, I came up with this noodle soup, with only green or white ingredients.  The thin  soup and rice noodles sit like feathery down in your tummy,…

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Appetisers, Soups & Salads/ Poultry & Meat/ Recipes

Coddled Eggs with Foie Gras

How I wish I could eat my eggs done this way everyday. You’ll say the same once you’ve tried these deceptively simple yet luxurious eggs. It’s from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table – a book that I keep going back to for its elegant food. This particular dish is a fine example of how effortlessly one can create layers of flavour and elevate everyday ingredients like eggs to a decadent…

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