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What you need:

sunflower oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, for greasing
25g powdered gelatine
255 ml water
4 tsp rose water
450g caster sugar
3-4 drops red food colouring
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cornflour

What you do:

Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.

Mix the gelatine, water and rose water in a large heavy-based pan and add the sugar.

Heat gently until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, stirring continuously.

Bring to the boil without stirring.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for 24 hours.

Cut into squares.

Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and toss the Turkish Delight in the mixture.

Store in an airtight container, between layers of greaseproof paper.

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What you need:

3  salmon fillets, skin removed
5 white fish fillets eg cod or haddock, skin removed
2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
4 spring onions, finely sliced
140g or ½ jar of Thai red curry paste
1 tsp turmeric
2 x 400ml tins light coconut milk
3/4 pt / 426ml fish stock
2 tsp golden caster sugar
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
5oz /142g mangetout (or green beans or sugar snap peas)
5oz /142g peas
7oz /198g pak choi, halved and finely sliced
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped, to garnish

What you do:
Cut each fish fillet into 4 pieces and place in the fridge, covered, until needed.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently fry the spring onions for a few minutes until soft. Add the Thai curry paste and turmeric and fry for a few seconds.

Add the coconut milk. Pour in the fish stock and add the caster sugar, lemongrass and lime leaves. Simmer gently for at least 5 minutes.

Add the mangetout (or green beans, or sugar snap peas) with the fish and peas, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Finally add the pak choi and cook for another minute.

Scatter coriander over the top.

Serve with the rice and lime wedges

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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:

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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What you need:

1 tbsp sunflower oil
2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
8oz / 225g spaghetti
1 large onion chopped
150g pesto sauce
7oz / 200ml creme fraiche
1or 2 fresh tomatoes chopped into pieces.
Parmesan cheese (grated)

What to do:
Heat the oil in a frying pan, and gently cook the chicken, turning until fully cooked.
Cook the spaghetti following the packet’s instructions.
Remove the cooked chicken from the heat, and stir in the chopped onions, pesto and creme fraiche blending well.
Drain the pasta and mix in with the chicken mixture.
Divide into 4 serving bowls & garnish with the chopped tomatoes, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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