Biriani

Biriani

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time 2 hours. Serves 8. This dish is an institution! It originated in the Mughal Empire (mainly Northern India, North Eastern Pakistan and Bangladesh) and is now eaten by people of South Asian origin around the world. There are a number of varieties on the theme of Biriani, and this is my take. The combination of spice flavours and the […]

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Honey cake

Honey cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time 55 minutes Makes approximately 10 generous slices. This cake is traditionally made for Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) to symbolize wishes for a sweet new year. It is as dense and rich as it is delicious. Best of all it improves with age and will keep for weeks if not months. I usually enjoy this cake with a cup […]

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German Christmas cookies

German Christmas cookies

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves: Enough for all of your friends. Some years ago I lived in a house-share near Brick Lane. One of the house-mates was a lovely German girl called Claudia. In many ways she was Claudia by name and a bit like Claudia Schiffer by nature: tall, beautiful, lovely and creative. Perhaps most importantly she made amazing Christmas […]

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