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 »

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 »

Sri Lankan Garlic Clove Curry

Garlic Clove Curry

Although this delicious Garlic Clove Curry from Eleanor Ford’s The Nutmeg Trail  is suggested as a side dish, it’s so good that it deserves to be the star of the meal! Hailing from Sri Lanka, whole cloves of garlic are cooked in a savoury curry of coconut milk and spices. Despite the relatively short cooking ... Read more »

Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

The first time you grill a whole aubergine on the barbeque or over open fire is a revelation! Such a very simple cooking method somehow transforms this vegetable into the very best it can be. In this recipe from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, each aubergine ... Read more »

Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade

Chicken shish in sweet confit garlic marinade

Although this delicious Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade recipes goes heavy on the garlic, the flavours are sweet and gentle, thanks to the way the garlic is gently cooked in oil until it becomes soft and mellowed, before going into the marinade. This dish is another barbeque winner from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over ... Read more »

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled cabbage is one of those dishes that’s surged in popularity over the last couple of years, and this fantastic Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter (from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich) is no doubt part of that phenomenon, very much the kind of food Sarit ... Read more »

Syrian Pasta with Garlic-Tahini Sauce | Macaroni bil Tarator

Macaroni-bil-tarator

Known as Macaroni bil Tarator in Syria, this recipe from Arto der Haroutunian’s cookbook, Vegetarian Dishes of the Middle East is a simple but satisfying one, and can be ready in minutes if you make the tarator (garlic-tahini sauce) in advance. It can also be enjoyed hot or cold. We’ve adjusted quantities given for the ... Read more »

Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce

Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce

Many of us are far more adventurous with meat than we are with fish, something that Josh Niland intends to change via his book Take One Fish. This Tuna Kofta with BBQ Grapes and Sour Garlic Sauce is a versatile dish in which the tuna can be replaced with mackerel, swordfish, marlin or albacore. It’s ... 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 »

Cauliflower Kuku

Cauliflower kuku recipe from Roasting Pan Suppers by Rosie Sykes

I love kuku, a herby, omelette-like dish hailing from Iran. I first came across it in local Persian restaurants close to my home in North London, often served as a starter, snack or side. Here, Rosie Sykes has added cauliflower, raisins and spice to fresh coriander and dill to create a hearty vegetarian dish. The ... Read more »