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Delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner for you to try at home.

Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls (Nem Rán / Chả Giò)

Crispy on the outside, steamy, fragrant and light – if a plate full of Nem Ran or Vietnamese deep fried spring rolls aren’t enough to get you salivating, then I don’t know what is.  On my first trip to Vietnam, I was lucky enough to spend a day on a private food discovery with one …

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Sambal Matah – Fresh Balinese Sambal

Sambal is the backbone of Indonesian cuisine – accompanying pretty much every meal in one guise or another. Some forms of sambal, like sambal oelek are becoming better known internationally, but that’s just the beginning.  I came across Sambal Matah during my last stint in Bali and once I tasted it, you better believe that …

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage and Brown Butter Sauce

You know you’ve joined the big boys when you start knocking up your own ravioli.  Any person with a kitchen and some motor function can fry an egg, but not nearly as many will even try to make their own ravioli at home. Don’t be afraid – making ravioli isn’t actually that difficult. With a …

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How to Make Authentic Pasta Puttanesca

Nasty women have been doing great things since time began.  Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks – history is filled with problematic women who left great legacies behind.  Now I don’t want to be too tongue in cheek, but the same could be said of the prostitutes who blessed us with …

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The Best (Ever) Banana Muffins with a Crunchy Crumb Topping

Banana muffin recipes are ten a penny – in a sea of recipes, it takes a real corker to stand out. Well my friends, that’s exactly what you have here: a failsafe recipe for making amazing banana muffins that you can munch for breakfast, elevenses and pretty much every other moment of the day it …

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