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Thai ‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce

‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce

This umami-rich stir-fried vegetable dish of ‘red fire’ greens with yellow soybean sauce is often made with water spinach (also known as morning glory) but works very well with a wide range of seasonal green vegetables, local or Asian. Fai daeng, which literally translates as ‘red fire’, isn’t a warning about the chilli heat level ... Read more »

Phuket Town Black Pepper Pork

Phuket Town Black Pepper Pork (mu hong) with ‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce (pak kheo fai daeng)

This Black Pepper Pork (mu hong) dish hails from Phuket Town in Southern Thailand, and delivers a steaming bowlful of tender pork and wibbling belly fat in a rich, caramelised sauce with warming black pepper permeating every mouthful. It’s perfect with plain rice, but is also great with a bowl of stir-fried green vegetables or ... Read more »

Thai Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad

Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad (neua yang nahm tok) from Kin Thai: Modern Thai Recipes To Cook At Home by John Chantarasak

Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad (neua yang nahm tok), an Isaan dish from Northeastern Thailand, is perfect for the summer weather, and will wake up your taste buds with its spicy, herbal, sour and salty flavours. It’s a great way to lift a good quality steak even higher, and is straightforward to make. The ... Read more »

BBQ Backyard-style Apricot-glazed Pork Ribs with Crushed Spices

Backyard-style Apricot-glazed Pork Ribs with Crushed Spices

What I love about these absolutely delicious apricot-glazed barbecued pork ribs is how easy and fail-proof they are to make, and a fair bit quicker than the typical low-and-slow bbq recipes. Simmering the meat in salted water first guarantees that the ribs will be soft, tender and cooked through; the apricot glaze provides tonnes of ... Read more »

BBQ Piri Piri Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Onion Salad

Piri Pri Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Onion Salad

In the era of Nando’s – the ubiquitous South African restaurant chain specialising in peri-peri chicken – this fiery chicken recipe has become a favourite across the UK. It’s a dish born of European colonisation and global trade. The Portuguese traded chillies and many other products from the Americas to Europe, and across their colonies ... Read more »

BBQ Charred Tomatoes with Cool Yoghurt, Pomegranate Molasses and Herbs

Charred Tomatoes with Cool Yoghurt, Pomegranate Molasses and Herbs

There’s something very wonderful about sweet, charred tomatoes still warm from the barbeque served on cool, tangy natural yoghurt. That pairing is taken into the realm of magical with the addition of a pomegranate molasses dressing and fresh mint and basil. The recipe is the first one I marked to make once I’d raced through ... Read more »

Potatoes and Chickpeas in Lime Dressing (Alu Kabli)

Potatoes and Chickpeas in Lime Dressing (Alu Kabli)

This simple vegan snack is packed full of flavour; and is a healthy and filling dish for any time of the day. The lime dressing and coriander bring a wonderful freshness to the potatoes, chickpeas and spices. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, and one of the earliest known legumes to be cultivated across South ... Read more »

Chilli and Coriander Cauliflower with Eggs (Phulkobi Aru Konir Torkari)

Chilli and Coriander Cauliflower with Eggs

Cauliflower arrived in India in the 19th century and has become a very popular vegetable in Indian cuisine. In this recipe, cauliflower florets are stir-fried with spices and then scrambled in eggs to provide a wonderful contrast in texture. Read our full review of Indian Vegan & Vegetarian by Mridula Baljekar. Note that whilst this ... Read more »

Indian Paneer Pilau (Sanar Pulao)

Indian Paneer Pilau (Sanar Pulao)

Paneer, a non-aged fresh cheese made in India, is a common ingredient in Indian vegetarian cooking. Made by pressing fresh cottage cheese into a block, it’s often made at home but also readily available at the supermarket. As it has little flavour of its own, it’s a hugely versatile ingredient, and works in both savoury ... Read more »

Pork Shoulder Vindaloo

Pork Shoulder Vindaloo

This is a classic pork vindaloo from Eleanor Ford’s The Nutmeg Trail and she describes it as “an assertive, almost pickle-sour braise“. Made from pork shoulder, this recipe brings together ingredients and ideas from three continents. Its roots are in a Portuguese pickled pork dish called carne de vinho e alhos, which melded with the ... Read more »