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Spaghetti with Almond Cream, Fresh Crab, Chilli and Marjoram

Spaghetti with Almond Cream, Fresh Crab, Chilli and Marjoram from Ben Tish' Sicilia

Nut-thickened sauces are popular in some regions of Sicily including the Aeolian Islands where Ben Tish first came across them in a dish of spaghetti with almond sauce and mussels. For his cookbook Sicilia, Ben Tish  combines a similar almond cream sauce with fresh crab, chilli, marjoram and lemon juice for a rich and summery ... Read more »

Sicilian Lemon Cream with Stewed Mulberries or Blackberries

Sicilian Lemon Cream with Stewed Mulberries or Blackberries

I adore lemon posset and have been making it for many years, seduced not only be the silky self-indulgence of the rich citrus cream, but also how outrageously simple it is to make. In this similar Sicilian dish, mascarpone joins the double cream, lemon juice and sugar of posset to create the lightly set cream. ... Read more »

Aeolian-Style Summer Salad

Aeolian-style Summer Salad

Tomatoes are one of my favourite vegetables (yes, fruits) of the summer. A full-flavour, sun-ripened tomato is such a joy, it needs a light touch that lets it shine whilst elevating it to its very best. This Aeolian-style tomato salad recipe from Sicilia by Ben Tish achieves that perfectly, pairing sweet tomatoes with anchovies, capers, ... Read more »

Creole Flambé Bananas

Flambé bananas | Bananes flambées

If you love the darkly spiced and decadent flavours of Caribbean desserts, you’ll adore these Flambé Bananas from Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen. Traditionally made with plantains, this very simple and easy recipe also works a treat when made with sweet bananas. Read our full review of Sunshine Kitchen and the Caribbean flavours to be found ... Read more »

Creole Chicken Fricassee

This Chicken Fricassée from Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is one of the recipes in this cookbook without an accompanying photograph but luckily, our reviewer Nicky took some lovely images to show off this delicious Creole chicken dish. Flavoured with warming spices lifted by lime and chilli, the recipe is particularly delicious made with chicken thighs ... Read more »

Creole Prawn Blaff

Prawn blaff

Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is full of delicious Creole recipes from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Her Prawn Blaff recipe is deceptively simple, featuring prawns flavoured with a few key aromats, and yet it’s packed full of flavour, and very easy indeed to make. This quick and vibrant dish encapsulates the colours and punchy ... Read more »