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What you need:

4 (6 oz) cod fish fillets
3 tbsp olive oil
salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp salt

What you do:

Lightly oil your grill then heat.
Brush fillets with 1 tbsp of the oil, season with salt and black pepper to taste then  grill the fish until done around 8-10 minutes.

Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a small frying pan over high heat, add cumin, coriander and red pepper; cook until fragrant, 45 seconds; add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds.

Transfer spice mixture to a medium-sized bowl; add tomatoes, orange juice and salt to taste; stir gently to combine.

Top the hot fish with tomato mixture.

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What you need:

750g braising beef  (cut into large pieces)
2tbsp sunflower oil
4 garlic cloves  (sliced)
1tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 red chilli (de-seeded and finely chopped)
1 leek (finely chopped)
1tsp Chinese five-spice powder
2tbsp plain flour
2tsp sugar
3tbsp dark soy sauce
500ml water
1tbsp chopped fresh coriander
For the cabbage
1 small Savoy cabbage (stalks removed and finely shredded)
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1tsp sunflower oil
1tsp sesame seeds
400g white rice to serve

What you do:

In a bowl, toss the beef in the flour. Heat a large frying pan and cook the beef in 1tbsp of the sunflower oil until nicely browned. Pop onto a plate.

In a large pan and a little of the sunflower oil and cook the garlic, ginger, leek and chilli until soft and fragrant.
Add the beef and Chinese 5 spice and continue cooking for 5 minutes before adding the sugar, soy sauce and water.
Bring to steady simmer and cook over a low heat with a lid on for about and hour and a half until the beef is really tender. Season to taste.

For the cabbage :  take a medium sized saucepan and warm up the sunflower oil over a medium heat.
Add the garlic and before it browns add the shredded cabbage.
Cook with the lid on for a few minutes. Add a mug of water and cook until almost evaporated.

Add the sesame seeds and serve with the braised beef and some boiled rice.

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What you need:

1 whole fish, about 400g

For the Sauce:

1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp preserved soy bean paste (tau cheo)
100ml water
4 tbsp tomato sauce
1 red chilli, finely pounded
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Sugar, to taste
1/2 tsp cornstarch, mix with 2 tablespoons of water
Coriander leaves for garnish.

What you do:

Clean the fish, wash and drain. Steam the fish until cooked, about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

To prepare the gravy, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add onion and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until soft.
Add preserved soy bean paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
Add water, tomato sauce, pounded chilli, light soy sauce and sugar. Bring to a slow boil.
Add cornstarch solution and stir quickly for a few more minutes.
Pour the gravy over the steamed fish. Garnish with coriander leaves.

serve hot.

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What you need:

4 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Kosher salt
3 large garlic cloves (crushed)
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp tomato paste
3/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
2 15-ounce tins of chickpeas, rinsed, drained
1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red peppers from a jar
2 tbsp (or more) fresh lemon juice
2 cups 1″ cubes country-style bread
3 tbsp coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

What you do:

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt; add to the saucepan and cook, turning once, until browned, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce the heat to low and let oil cool for 1 minute then add the  garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30–60 seconds. Add the cumin, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes then stir until a smooth paste forms…( about 1 minute). Add the cooked chicken with any accumulated juices, along with bay leaves and 4 cups water. Scrape up any browned bits. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer,  occasionally stirring, until the chicken is tender (about 20 minutes).

Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Add chickpeas to pot then bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Tear all the chicken off the bones and  add to stew. Add the red peppers. Stir in remaining 2 tbsp of  oil and 2 tbsp of  lemon juice and simmer for 1 minute. Season with salt and more lemon juice, if desired.

Divide bread cubes among bowls. Ladle soup over. Garnish with parsley.

Serve hot.

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