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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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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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MONKFISH KEBABS WITH THAI NOODLE SALAD (2018)

These Zingy Fish kebabs are perfect for a summer meal. The original recipe came from issue 8, and it’s hard to believe we were lacking in so many essential ingredients for a Thai recipe back in 1988 – pasta bows were used instead of rice noodles, bay leaves stood in for kaffir lime leaves, and there was no fish sauce! If you can remember to soak the bamboo skewers overnight, they last well on the barbecue.

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SESAME CRÈME BRÛLÉE

These brûlées look really pretty topped with black and white sesame seeds, and the sesame flavour is delicious. You can buy both toasted and untoasted black sesame seeds, so if yours are already toasted, just toast all the white seeds together in the oven and take one tablespoon from those to add to the black for the topping, rather than setting it aside pre-toasting.

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