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BARBECUED APRICOTS, HONEY & CHÈVRE IN FIG LEAVES

It is best to use firm apricots for this as soft ones will collapse. If you have a very light, soft goat’s cheese you can forgo the crème fraîche. Trim the tough stalk of the fig leaves off with a sharp knife, trying not to cut through the leaf. I have served these with ice cream but if you wanted to serve them as more of a cheese course, you could have with a fruity bread or cracker and the honey syrup.

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TREVALLY & TARO CAKES IN BANANA LEAF WITH CUCUMBER, RADISH & CHILLI RELISH

These tasty parcels are a great addition to a Pacific feast. They are best cooked and served immediately, though I have pre-cooked them then heated them quickly for 5 minutes in a hot oven and they were still great. Frozen banana leaves are available from Asian supermarkets. The mixture also makes great fritters if you simply want to fry in a little oil.

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KŪMARA, CORN & CHORIZO TAMALES

These tamales are based on a fresh corn style and can be eaten as an entrée alone or as an accompaniment to a Mexican or South American meal. I like them simply with barbecued chicken or vegetables. To make them vegetarian, replace the chorizo with kidney beans fried up and lightly mashed with oil, onion and some
spices such as cumin, coriander and smoked paprika.
Masa harina, a fine, yellow corn flour is traditionally used,
but I find buckwheat flour also tastes great, it’s just not such
a good colour.

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TOMATO & WATERMELON SALAD WITH SMOKED YOGHURT

This is a great dish to make right now, when tomatoes and watermelon are at their finest, with the smoked yoghurt offsetting their natural sweetness. I often find this makes more than I need for the recipe but seldom have a problem using it up over the next few days. You’ll need to pay a bit of attention here – the heat must be quite low to ensure the yoghurt doesn’t curdle. I sometimes chill the bowl the yoghurt is going in, which also helps keep it cool.

The subtle smoky flavour of this yoghurt offsets the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and watermelon, making for a very refreshing late-summer salad.

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CHILLI-SPIKED GRILLED CORN

I’ve developed an addiction to gochujang, the fermented red chilli paste of Korea. I find myself adding it to soups for an umami bomb or fast marinades such as this. It’s increasingly found in good supermarkets as well as Asian grocery stores, but if you can’t find it, try using white miso with a dash of your favourite hot sauce in its place. For the cover image, I topped this corn with a butter mixed with chopped red chilli, chopped coriander and lemon zest and juice before adding the spring onion and sesame seeds, which makes for a delicious (but not essential) addition.

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