Main course – meat

Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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This delicious dish of mince and rice-stuffed courgettes is served throughout the Middle East – and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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Mustard-crusted pork chops with caramelised apple rings

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“Comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love” No, not from a Shakespeare sonnet but, surprisingly, from the Bible (Song of Solomon 2:5, to  be exact) – a book more filled with food and drink references than you’d think.  It’s a very evocative phrase, and one of great beauty – so much so that […]

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Oxtail and red wine potjie

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Photo courtesy and © Rosana McPhee 2014   Pop quiz:  what do all the following dishes have in common? Marmite Tagine Balti Cassoulet Tian Potjie They do not seem to be linked by nationality or even broad geographic region; nor does the link seem to be ingredient-related.  They do not share an alliterative first letter; […]

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Moroccan spiced lamb breast with herb couscous

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Compared to most people I know, we entertain rather a lot here at Cooksister HQ.  Sometimes it’s ambitious all-day braais for 30 people; sometimes more intimate lunch parties for six; sometimes just the neighbours over for dinner.  But however many people are coming, I always hope that they find my house a relaxed and comfortable […]

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Spaghetti with chorizo meatballs and homemade tomato sauce

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There are those people who say that you shouldn’t mess with classics. People who start hyperventilating with indignation when you suggest putting anything on a pizza other than the ingredients that a nonna would have had at her disposal in 18th century Napoli.  People who write angry letters to the local paper when their classic […]

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Bone-in rib-eye steak sous vide with a pepper sauce

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Scotland.  Land of whisky,  lochs and tartans.  Land of the Edinburgh festival, mountains and Macbeth.  Land of  bagpipes, kilts and sporrans.  Land of Sean Connery, Billy Connolly and Braveheart.   There are many things that we routinely associate with Scotland, but amazing food is not always one of them – in fact, for many, a […]

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Ragu Bolognese – the official version

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What’s in a name?  Not much, you might think, going by the the tried and tested po-tay-to/po-tah-to line of reasoning.  But if you are under any illusions as to the importance of a name, here’s a little practical experiment for you: why not try starting your own soft-drink business, selling the beverage in smart red […]

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