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 »

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 »

Chinese Chicken Chow Mein by Kwoklyn Wan

Chicken Chow Mein

I rarely order a Chinese takeaway without including a chow mein; who can resist the signature smokey flavour that wok frying imparts to savoury fried noodles? This chicken chow mein from Kwoklyn Wan’s Chinese Takeaway in 5 is straightforward and quick to make – the perfect Chinese fakeaway recipe. Indeed it’s one of the recipes ... Read more »

Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

You can make this delicious recipe for Dan Dan Noodles from Dumplings and Noodles by Pippa Middlehurst with either homemade ramen noodles, or ready-made ones. The recipe leads you through making both the spicy ground beef and the addictively nutty sauce that are key to a great bowl of dan dan mian. Find out more ... Read more »

Recipe: Chiang Mai Curried Noodle Soup with Chicken (Khao Soi Gai)

Recipe for Chiang Mai Curried Noodle Soup with Chicken (Khao Soi Gai)

If you’re looking for an introductory cookbook to Thai cuisine, check out Easy Thai Cookbook by Sallie Morris published by Watkins and Nourish. Split into three sections, the book provides an introduction to key ingredients, equipment and cooking methods, 70 recipes with colour photographs, and twelve suggested menus for how to put the dishes together. Read my full review ... Read more »

Lasagne with Sausage Meatballs | Nadine Redzepi’s Twist on a Classic

Last year, I was sent a review copy of Nadine Redzepi’s cookbook, Downtime: Deliciousness At Home. Whilst husband René is wowing the world with creations for his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, his wife Nadine is the main cook at home, and over the years, she has collated a collection of recipes that are perfect for home ... Read more »

MiMi Aye’s Spicy Sichuan Noodles

Published in 2014, MiMi Aye’s Noodle! was a huge success, and introduced many cooks to the delights of South East Asian noodle recipes. Read my review here and then head out to buy the ingredients for this delicious recipe. Published with permissionAlso known as ‘dandan noodles’ abroad, this dish was traditionally sold by vendors walking ... Read more »

Smoked Salmon & Leek Macaroni Cheese

Pasta is at the heart of many of our favourite recipes – especially during colder and darker months when rich, warming comfort foods are the order of the day. Bertolli have a lovely recipe for macaroni cheese with prosciutto and leeks which we’ve adapted by substituting smoked salmon for the ham. This is very much ... Read more »