Cheese scrolls | This recipe relies on the quality of the dough and the quality of the cheese, so don’t scrimp on either. Rough puff pastry is a lot easier to make than the conventional version, but is still light, puffy and deliciously buttery. In its absence, use a good store-bought butter puff pastry. Cheap pastry with margarine simply won’t taste anywhere near as nice. They’re best eaten the same day, but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.
Fried prawn pastries (pastel de camarão)
Fried prawn pastries (pastel de camarão) | Pastels are served everywhere in Brazil and you'll find them served on the beach, at markets or during house parties. They aren't specific to any particular region and they come with all kinds of fillings: prawn, beef, ham and cheese, plain cheese, cheese and banana. This recipe is for prawn pastels, but you can fill them with whatever you like so why not experiment. Make ahead of time and freeze so when you have unexpected guests, simply fry
Dhal | This vegetarian recipe features toor dal (yellow lentils), tomatoes, Malaysian meat curry powder and sambal oelek, a spicy paste made from chilli, shrimp paste and lemon juice. Serve your dhal with a stack of flaky roti canai for delicious Malaysian feast.
Thai vegetable curry
Thai vegetable curry | With their attention-grabbing flavours, Thai curries are real crowd-pleasers. This version can be made vegetarian by leaving out the shrimp paste.(This recipe makes more Thai red curry paste than you need for one meal. Spoon the remaining paste into a sterilised jar and seal tightly. It can be stored in the fridge for up to one month. Alternatively, spoon the paste into ice cube trays and freeze for up to three months.)
Crisp-fried pork belly with sticky tomato shrimp paste sauce (binagoongang baboy) | Filipinos’ devotion to their mother’s or cook’s food is notorious. It is always the best and, often, the only version worth eating. My cousin Bunny lives in Manila, about 200 kilometres from the family home. On trips to the capital, my tito and tita bring care packages of Bunny’s all-time favourite, binagoongan, which she stashes in the freezer to portion out until their next visit. I hear this kind of story…
Creamy prawn pasta
Creamy prawn pasta | Tempt the family to the table tonight with this easy-peasy pasta recipe. The prawns add that special touch, and marry beautifully with the cream plus a hint of garlic, lemon and fresh chives. The kids will love it!
Grilled banana prawns with black pepper and curry leaf sauce
Grilled banana prawns with black pepper and curry leaf sauce | Peter Kuruvita presents his very special Sri Lankan prawn recipe. The aromatic sauce is cooked down to a paste, releasing all the wonderful flavours, and served with the prawns along with the spectacular garnishes.