Çörek/daktyla/sesame bread Cypriot style!

This is not the full, traditional recipe, but it’s what I made when I really wanted a small loaf of bread to go with soup, and also wanted that particular Cypriot flavour. For the full recipe go here. Mastic is probably not something many people associate with food, more than likely people think it’s to …

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Mix It Up Rice Pot

I make this all the time. Husband loves it, especially with frankfurters as they get their smoke flavour right into the rice. You can change up the spice mix, change the beans, not add beans, add peas not sweetcorn, or use grated carrot, any veg chopped small so it cooks in 15 mins. Add chopped …

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Easy Easter

I’m all for easy things. Yes, ok, I’ll often do a complicated, many step cook off because it’s fun, but nobody should feel pressured into it. Food is for eating, not staring at, plus the long weekend is a Parent Holiday too. YES kids, it’s not always just about you. 😉 I was reminiscing about …

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Not Yuzu Cha

When I worked with a wonderful Korean lady, she spoke of drinking lemon tea when she had a cold. I looked this up to see if I could get some to surprise her, and it turned out to be more of a jam! You add boiling water to 2 spoonfuls of the preserved sweetened fruit, …

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The Journey of a Meal

Generally I try to get the most out of my ingredients, which means making hefty use of leftovers. Leftovers just sounds like such a sad word. Boring, left behind, ignored but in truth, left over parts of a meal are often even better. Reimagine them, don’t just heat them up in the microwave (though of …

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Korean Braised Aubergine

Watching YouTube videos of Korean and Japanese cooking does make one want to have ALL OF THE THINGS. 1 large aubergine1 green pepper*2 tbs vegetable oil1/2 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste) 1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon rice wine or mirin or sherry1 teaspoon minced garlic1 teaspoon sugar1 tablespoon sesame oil as a seasoning1/2 …

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