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Visiting South Korea’s Yuja (Yuzu) Capital in Goheung County

Duwon Agricultural Cooperative in Goheung Jeollonam Province South Korea

Yuzu is one of my favourite kinds of fruit. In the UK this distinctive citrus fruit is strongly associated with Japan, which is where I first encountered it during our holidays there. As the popularity of Japanese cuisine has grown in the UK, so too has awareness and appreciation of yuzu fruit; indeed it’s English-language ... Read more »

Coiled Roti

There’s nothing better than a stack of flaky, coiled rotis or parathas to enjoy alongside a feast of Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. This coiled roti recipe is from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook and includes handy, step-by-step photos to help you master the process. Read my full review of Hoppers: The Cookbook by Karan Gokani. We ... Read more »

Karan Gokani’s Sri Lankan Jaffna Curry Powder

This Sri Lankan curry powder recipe is from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook, where it features in many of the book’s recipes including the very delicious Lamb Shank Curry. Read my full review of Hoppers: The Cookbook by Karan Gokani. Typically dishes from northern Sri Lanka tend to be a lot hotter than from the ... Read more »

The Hoppers London Lamb Shank Curry

Lamb Shank Curry

This rich and fragrant lamb shank curry from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook is a popular dish on Hoppers’ restaurant menu. In South India and Sri Lanka it’s commonly made with goat or mutton but Hoppers use good quality British lamb to create a fall-off-the-bone dish. This makes a great centre-piece for a meal for ... Read more »

Karan Gokani’s Unroasted Curry Powder

Cucumber Curry Featuring Karan Gokani's Unroasted Curry Powder

This fragrant curry powder recipe is from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers The Cookbook, where it features in many of the book’s recipes including the very delicious Sri Lankan Cucumber Curry. Read my full review of Hoppers: The Cookbook by Karan Gokani. This recipe is also known as thuna paha in Sinhalese, which literally translates as 'three ... Read more »

Leena’s Sri Lankan Cucumber Curry

Leena's Cucumber Curry from Hoppers The Cookbook by Karan Gokani

In the UK cucumbers are predominantly eaten raw or pickled. A backbone of British salads, or dainty finger sandwiches, or combined with yoghurt in dishes such as raita, tzatziki and cacik. But they are also fabulous to cook with, as evidenced by this very quick and easy Sri Lankan cucumber curry from Karan Gokani’s Hoppers ... Read more »

Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen on a plate

Lebkuchen are one of my favourite festive biscuits; German Christmas-time cookies redolent with ginger and mixed spices. This recipe from Mark Diacono’s Spice: A Cook’s Companion is a delight, easy to follow and so good it needs to be enjoyed throughout the year! Read our full review of Spice: A Cook’s Companion by Mark Diacono and you ... Read more »

Pan-fried chicken with Pimentón de la Vera by José Pizarro

Pan-Fried Chicken with Pimentón de la Vera

José Pizarro’s Pan-fried chicken with Pimentón de la Vera is a fabulous way to enjoy smoked paprika (named for the place it’s produced, a county in Spain’s Extremadura region). It’s a wonderfully simple recipe too. Good quality hot smoked paprika makes a difference here, as it provides the key flavour. This recipe is from Spice: ... Read more »