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Crumbed Lamb’s Liver Banh Mi with Nuoc Cham Mayonnaise

Banh mi traditionally contains pâté made from livers, so this takes that flavour combination to the next level with strips of lamb’s liver, crumbed and pan fried and piled into a baguette roll with Vietnamese salad and a homemade mayonnaise with nuoc cham flavours. For a quick version of the mayo stir ginger, fish sauce and lime juice into a good-quality bought mayonnaise, then season with soy sauce.

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Marcus’ Sichuan Ox-Heart Skewers

Marcus Ringrose, friend of Cuisine photographer Aaron McLean, makes the most delicious heart skewers, that are loved by everybody who tries them. He doesn’t tell people what they are at first (as this instantly puts them off), instead letting them enjoy the flavours before surprising them with the ingredients. These are great to pass around as they are, or to make them into an entrée try with the cucumber and feta. If serving them with the feta, reduce the salt in the heart to 1 teaspoon.

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Beef-tongue tostadas

While tongue takes a long time to cook, it doesn’t need any attention and can be cooked a few days in advance. This is also good cooked in the slow cooker if you have one. These tostadas are also great as finger food , just top your favourite corn chips with the tongue and salsa just before serving.

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RASPBERRY BAKED ALASKA SLICE WITH BURNT BUTTER SPONGE

The hot meringue/cold ice cream combination of baked Alaska is a winner, but they can be fiddly to put together at the last minute. Here I have simplified the whole process into a flat slice, so it takes only a few minutes to whip up the meringue and grill the top. If you want to finish the whole thing ahead of time, just gently cover the slice – trying to keep the wrap off the meringue – and freeze for up to three days. Let sit at room temperature for five minutes before serving.

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OVEN-BAKED SCHNITZEL WITH CAULIFLOWER CHEESE MASH & SAUERKRAUT

I remember liking beef schnitzel as a small (and obviously very cheeky) kid, but my father likes to remind me of the time I informed my mother, “I don’t call this schnitzel, I call it shit-zel!” Well, I definitely love it now, but it’s quite time consuming to fry on the stove top; oven baking simplifies this. I have used rye bread for crumb in a nod to the Reuben sandwich, but you could use panko if you like.

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LENTIL & PORCINI RAGU

One of the longstanding favourites in our household was rich shin ragu served with pasta, a dish taught to Mum by our Italian neighbour. While you can never quite capture the unctuous quality that the bone adds to the sauce, this vegetarian version is nonetheless rich and tasty with strong umami flavours from the slow-cooked onions, mushrooms and parmesan, and the added richness of porcini.

I remember liking beef schnitzel as a small (and obviously very cheeky) kid, but my father likes to remind me of the time I informed my mother, “I don’t call this schnitzel, I call it shit-zel!”

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APPLE & TURMERIC CRUMBLE

Turmeric is everywhere right now – people are drinking turmeric lattes and eating turmeric ice creams! While it may be in fashion, we shouldn’t overlook that fresh turmeric is quite new to the market and much more zingy with citrus and ginger overtones than the powdered version. Its earthiness works well with the spices in apple crumble and it also adds amazing colour. For those who can’t get fresh turmeric, you can increase the dried turmeric to one teaspoon in the crumble; while more pungent, it still adds an interesting layer of flavour.

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