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Lamb Kofta Meatballs in a Sticky Tom Sauce

This is a wonderful recipe, light on the carbs and heavy on the sticky, aromatic, tomato flavour.  I picked the idea up from a little tapas bar, I used to visit in Camden Town, after a heavy day of market shopping, back in old Blighty, and as usual just made a version of my own.

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Summer Tomato Soup & Fried Basil Chips

This is the epitome of Italian dishes (locally known as Pappa al Pomodoro) and one of my favourite, favourite soup recipes.  Actually calling it a soup is like calling the Queen ‘a lady with a handbag!’  When it’s made slowly, with love this dish has enough magic to make you believe in the simplicity and majesty of Mother Nature’s bountiful pantry! Also, 12 million Italians can’t be wrong.  An opera in a bowl……..

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Smoked Walnut Dukkah

Every Autumn I have an abundance of walnuts & there’s nothing like a jar of freshly blended dukkah. I sprinkle this mix over soft cheese for platters, salads or hot pasta for flavour & texture.  As a marinade with oil over grilled fish or chicken. When roasting potatoes or veggies a spoonful over 5 minutes before I remove them from the oven. Otherwise, lovely with fresh bread and warm olive oil.

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Mussels in a Creamy Guinness Sauce

The delicate, salty flavour and soft juicy flesh of the mussels paired with the earthy Guinness and creamy sauce, is just enough to send you to seafood heaven.  Don’t forget the crusty bread of course.