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CARROT TOP PESTO & COUSCOUS SALAD

This recipe makes use of the leafy greens on top of bunched carrots that are typically thrown away. If your carrots didn’t come with any, use spinach or any other soft leafy greens, or extra […]

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Marsala & Star Anise Poached Pears

I created this recipe after the first harvest of honey from our beehives, when the pears were ripe and ready to be picked from the orchard, and it’s become an autumn favourite. At other times […]

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Cookbook Confidential’s Christmas Gift Guide 2020

The Holidays are just around the corner so if you haven’t already, now would be the time to start filling your basket for festive gifting. We’ve selected some of our top titles of 2020 to […]

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Flame-roasted pepper, pistachio & dill yogurt

We Eastern types are slightly obsessed with yogurt. It’s a staple of the table, whether served plain or combined with cucumber, spinach or beetroot, and an essential for any serious meal in an Eastern household. […]

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Saffron barfi

Barfis can be too sweet but not this delicately flavoured one, which has almonds, bringing an extra dimension of creaminess. It’s easy to make but you do need patience, which is well rewarded with a […]

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VEGETARIAN NACHOS

SERVES 4 – 6 PREP T IME: 5 M INS * C OOK T IME: 4 5 M INS V | NF | SoF   Pretend it’s the Super Bowl every day. This is a […]

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Farfalle and Caponata

I love the combination of sweet and sour flavours and soft and crunchy textures in this Sicilian sauce. It’s classically served with rich meats, such as lamb, to cut through the fat, or with steak-like […]

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Brandy Alexander

This cocktail is like a dessert in a glass, or a milkshake for grown-ups. Before the Brandy Alexander, there were other Alexanders, such as gin (which sounds revolting). Swap the brandy for vodka and you […]

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Palak Murgh – Chicken & Spinach Curry

We have an unwritten rule at my home that a weeknight meal has to be ready to eat in about 45 minutes. I often make this dish, with rice cooking on the side, so that […]

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Lentil dhal soup

Dhal, daal, dail, dahl, dal! However you spell it, the name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘to split’ – think split peas! Lentils are so versatile, rich in protein and easy-peasy to cook. This […]

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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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