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Cookbook Confidential

COWBOY BEAN STEW

This hearty bean stew with its US roots is right up there on my list of go-to family favourites. The traditional version uses cans of baked beans as the base, but by using haricot beans […]

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Pot-roasted brisket with harissa and spices

One-pot cooking is a joy, and this little beauty never disappoints. From a cook’s perspective, nothing could be easier than this recipe, and from the diner’s perspective, it’s ridiculously juicy, tender and packs in plenty […]

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SMOKED AUBERGINE, PEPPER & WALNUT SALAD

I always associate smoked aubergine with the East. Most Middle Eastern nations seem to have a version of them, and the roots of many of these recipes relate to the world’s most simple and primitive […]

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SAVOURY MATJES CHEESECAKE WITH CHIVE FLOWERS AND LEMON ZEST ON A CRISPBREAD BASE

If you’ve never experienced a savoury cheesecake, you’re in for a treat. Matjes are a pickled herring traditionally spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and dill. With contrasting flavours from the sweet and spicy herring, fresh zesty […]

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Prawns with Ouzo, Orzo and Courgette

Serves 4   A Cretan salad is in fact very similar to the well-known Greek salad, but has goat’s curd instead of feta as well as broken Cretan barley rusks. Sometimes you may also find […]

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Mushroom and Cashew Curry

The combination of mushrooms and cashew nuts might sound unusual but I promise this could easily become your favourite veg curry. Gram flour slightly thickens the mixture while also adding flavour. Enjoy with rice, chapatti […]

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A Swede Pretending to be Ham

Swede is scrumptious roasted whole, however, coating it with sugar and mustard makes it irresistible, tipping the level of satisfaction to the extreme. This dish makes a great centrepiece for any table and is perfect […]

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Bloody Mary Bake

My sobriety is obviously extremely important to me and I am extremely proud of it. But I would be telling porky pies if I said there weren’t elements of my old life that I miss. […]

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T-bone Steaks with Board Sauce

Imagine how easy dinner could be if you mixed – right on a chopping board – a handful of raw ingredients that play well together and then dragged your steaks through that spontaneous ‘sauce’. Feel […]

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AN ANTIPASTI PLATTER

Ah, the antipasti platter – grazie mille, Italia! This is probably the perfect way to eat while you’re drinking and ideal for a party. A little bit of ham, a little bit of cheese, olives, […]

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Parsee-Style Wedding Stew – Khattu Mitthu Lagan Nu Stew

We Parsees are not known for our vegetarian dishes. Eggs, yes. Vegetables, no! I know many that will not even touch a green pea and in many cases we destroy  the very element of a vegetable by […]

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Negroni

Although it doesn’t fit with the three-ingredient drinks in this book, our favourite Negroni is the Sloe Negroni, made with 4 equal measures: Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Countless […]

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