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What you need:

4 tuna steaks (about 1 1/2” thick)
Zest & Juice from one lime (or lemon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger root
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chili paste
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

What you do:

Mix together all the marinate ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Put the tuna steaks into the Marinate mix(inside the bag) making sure they are all coated, & leave in there  for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator (remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking).

Heat pan on medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the 2nd side (cover to reduce splattering). Tuna will be cooked about ¼” around, and rare in middle, or cook a little longer to be ‘well done’ .

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What you need:

1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
1 onion, quartered
2 1/2 cups vegetables (baby corn, capsicum, beans, carrot, cabbage), chopped into bite sized pieces
1 tsp light soya sauce
2 tsps vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsps tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mixed in 1 cup water)
salt to taste
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds/til
1 1/2 tbsps sesame oil or peanut oil

What you do:

Par boil carrots, beans, baby corn in 3 cups of boiling water and pinch of salt for 3 mts. Turn off heat, strain and cool.

Heat a tbsp of sesame oil in a large wok, once the oil is piping hot, add half of the crushed garlic and ginger paste and stir fry for a few seconds.

Add the chopped spring onion whites and stir for half a mt. Add the par boiled as well as the rest of the other vegetables and stir fry on high for 4-5 mts, constantly tossing them. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and keep aside.

In the same wok, add 2 tsps of oil, add remaining crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and vinegar. Combine well.

Add the cornflour mixture and cook stirring continuously till the sauce turns thick and turn off heat.

At the time of serving, mix in the stir fried vegetables and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

Serve hot with noodles or fried rice.

 

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What you need:

2 aubergines
1 pint / 475 ml milk
Flour for dusting or dredging
Salt
Olive or sunflower oil for deep-frying
any aromatic runny honey

fresh mint leaves (for decoration)

Sesame seeds

What you do:

Peel the eggplants and cut them into slices about 1/3 inch thick. Place  them in a bowl then add enough milk to cover the slices and place  a small plate on top to hold them down in the milk. Leave to soak for 1 or 2 hours.

Drain the milk off.

Cover a plate with plenty of flour mixed with a sprinkling of salt. Place each aubergine slice  in the flour so that they are completely covered , then shake them to remove the excess.

Deep-fry in sizzling but not too hot oil, turning the slices over as soon as the first side is brown.

Drain on paper towels.

Place the cooked aubergine onto a serving plate, drizzle with honey.

Sprinkle the mint leaves & sesame seeds over the top & serve hot.

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