spiced trout pilaff

INGREDIENTs Serves 4 225g/8oz/generous 1 cup basmati rice 40g/1½ oz/3 tbsp butter 2 onions. sliced into rings 1 garlic clove, crushed  bay leaves 2 2 whole cloves 2 green cardamom pods 2.5cm/2in cinnamon sticks 5ml/1 tsp cumin seeds 4 hot-smoked trout fillets, skinned 50g/20z1/2cup slivered almonds, toasted 50g/20z/scant1/2 cup seedless...

pork with chillies and pineapple

INGREDIENTS Serves6 30ml/2 tbsp corn oil 900g/lb boneless pork shoulder or loin, cut into 5cm/2in cubes 1 onion, finely chopped large red pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 or more jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped 450g/1lb fresh pineapple chunks 8 fresh mint leaves, chopped 250ml/8fl oz/1 cup chicken...

peppery Bean salad

INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 425g/150z can kidney beans, drained 425g/150z can black-eyed beans, drained 425g/15oz can chick-peas, drained ¼ red pepper ¼green pepper 6 radishes 15ml/1 tbsp chopped spring onion 5ml/1 tsp ground cumin 15ml/1 tbsp tomato ketchup 30ml/2 tsp olive oil 15ml/1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove,...

Devilled kidneys

“Devilled” kidneys dishes are always hot and spicy. If you have time, mix the spicy ingredients together in advance to give the flavours time to mingle and mature. INGREDIENTS Serves 4 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp prepared English mustard  lemon juice 1 tbsp 1 tbsp tomato purée pinch of...

Apple and cinnamon crumble cake

This scrumptious cake has layers of spicy fruit and crumble and is quite delicious served warm with fresh cream. INGREDIENTS Makes 1 cake 3 large cooking apples ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup butter 1¼ cups caster sugar 4 eggs 4 cups self-raising flour For the crumble topping ¾cup...

Caribbean fruit and Rum cake

INGREDIENTS Makes 1 cake 2 cups currants 3 cups raisins 1 cup prunes, stoned ²⁄³ cup mixed peel 2¼ cups dark soft brown Sugar 1 tsp mixed spice 6 tbsp rum, plus more if needed ½ pint/1¼ cups sherry, plus more if needed 2 cups softened butter 10 eggs,...

Berry sponge tart

when soft fruits are in season, try making this delicious sponge tart. Serve warm from the oven with scoops of vanilla ice cream. SERVES 8-10 softened butter, for greasing 2 pound (8 cups) soft fruit, such as raspberries, blackberries, black currants. red currants, strawberries or blueberries 4 eggs at...

best mushroom burger

It’s worth making your own burgers to cut down on fat- in these the meat is extended with mushrooms for extra fiber Preparation time 14 minutes Cooking time 25-30 minutes SERVES 8 10 ounces (2½ cups) small mushrooms 1 medium  onion, chopped 2-pound lean ground beef 2 cup fresh...

stir-fried prawns with Tamarind

The sour, tangy flavour that is characteristic of many Thai dishes comes from tamarind. Fresh tamarind pods from the tamarind tree can sometimes be bought, but preparing them for cooking is a laborious process. The Thais, however, usually prefer to use compressed blocks of tamarind paste, which is simply...

Beef with cactus pieces

Nopalitos – chunks of an edible cactus – are used as a vegetable in several salads, soups, and bakes. INGREDIENTS Serves 6 2lb braising beef, cut into 2in cubes 2 tbsp corn oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 or 2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and chopped...