How hard is it to knock a coconut over? … or chicken, coriander and coconut curry

July 8, 2013
A Keralen chicken, coriander and coconut curry, from Christine Manfield's Tasting India.

It was the school fair on Saturday, and among the bouncy castles, secondhand toy stalls and pop-up cafes selling the most excellent pakora wraps with fiendish chilli sauce, there was a coconut shy. The rules of a coconut shy are very simple – throw a ball at a coconut perched on top of a stake, […]

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Jerusalem artichoke and chicken pie

April 26, 2013
Jerusalem artichoke and chicken pie

I was told that Jerusalem artichokes were so easy to grow that it’d be hard to get rid of them once they went into the ground. “They’ll spread like weeds”, said the old bloke on the plot next door. I dug the tubers in early one morning, the ground wet and the mist clinging tightly […]

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Pollo a la montanesa, or Santander mountain chicken

September 9, 2012
Pollo a la montanesa, or Santander mountain chicken from Nicholas Butcher's Recipes From the Spanish Kitchen

This might sound stupid – and that’s mainly because it is – but the reason I tried this recipe is simply so that I could chop up a whole chicken with a massive cleaver. I’ve spent years in fear of dinging the edge of my ridiculously expensive German knives doing something as mundane as jointing […]

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Karaage, or Japanese deep-fried chicken

August 20, 2012
Japanese karaage or deep fried chicken

Japanese cuisine is at once alien and very familiar. For every sashimi dish of raw fish, there’s something else much more recognisable to the Western palette, such as this, karaage, or Japan’s take on deep-fried chicken. Karaage is a world away from something like an American southern fried chicken dish…it has a delicate elegance in […]

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Tajine djaj bil assel, or chicken, prune and honey tajine

July 8, 2012
Chicken, prune and honey tagine

Our go-to recipe for chicken stew type meals is normally a curry of some description, something from the sub-continent, or maybe South-East Asia, packed with garlic, ginger and spices. I normally get quite fired up by the idea of making these types of  dish, then realise that the list of ingredients is a foot long and […]

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Murgh Hyderabadi, a classic Indian chicken curry

July 14, 2010
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It’s always nice to receive a gift, even more so when it arrives unexpectedly. This recipe came on the side of the paper bag that held my takeaway from the Aagrah in Shipley. It’s a nice little gimmick, and a welcome one given that the Aagrah stands head and shoulders above all other Indian restaurants […]

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