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20 recipe ideas for leftover fizzy drinks. The 10 best lentil recipes. Five jewelled dhal This dish gets its name from the five varieties of dhals used.

The 10 best lentil recipes

I collected the recipe in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, India. Serves 4-650g urid dhal (black lentils)50g chana dhal (split black chickpeas)50g masoor dhal (red lentils)50g toor dhal (yellow pigeon peas)50g mung dhal (mung beans)1 tsp ground turmeric½ tsp chilli powder1 tsp ground garam masala2 large onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp ghee1 tsp whole cumin seeds½ tsp whole coriander seeds1 tbsp freshly grated ginger2-3 garlic cloves, crushedJuice from 1 lemon2 tbsp natural yoghurtA handful of chopped mint 1 Boil the dhals in 800ml water with turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala and chopped onions until soft.

Do not skim off the froth. 2 Melt the ghee in a large frying pan. BBC Food - Microwave meals: Can you cook good food from scratch? 6 November 2013Last updated at 09:19 By Ramona Andrews BBC Food Spaghetti bolognese can be cooked from scratch in a microwave Microwave dinners are often cited as shorthand for lazy, cheap and unhealthy food.

BBC Food - Microwave meals: Can you cook good food from scratch?

But cooking campaign group the Children's Food Trust is now encouraging people to use microwaves to make healthy meals from scratch. Nigel Slater: your favourite recipes. The 10 best lunchbox fillers. Pearl barley and puy lentil salad with sweet potato, broccoli and tomatoes There's no need to bring bottles of dressing into the office with you as this filling salad can be dressed the night before and still tastes great the following day.

The 10 best lunchbox fillers

Serves 23-4 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed, skins on, sliced into 1cm-thick discsA handful of baby vine or cherry tomatoesOlive oil, for roasting100g pearl barley100g puy lentilsJuice of 1 small lemon1 broccoli, cut into small floretsSalt and black pepper For the dressing1 tbsp wholegrain mustard1 tbsp apple cider vinegar½ tsp ground cumin1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Arrange the potato slices on one half of a nonstick baking tray; place the tomatoes on the other half. In search of the perfect burger. How to make a Spanish hot chocolate. We have a knack in this country for creating chocolate dishes that don't really taste of chocolate.

How to make a Spanish hot chocolate

At school, for instance, there was that brown "chocolate" custard that tasted like a slightly dustier version of the yellow custard, which in turn tasted nothing like custard. And for many decades, all hot chocolate in Britain was made from thin grey dishwater, rendered palatable with a sachet of sugar. Even in these culinarily enlightened times, a truly satisfying hot chocolate can be hard to find. The 10 best sandwich recipes. Bill Oglethorpe's Borough Market three-cheese toastie The aim with this exceptional toasted cheese sandwich is to let the ingredients speak for themselves.

The 10 best sandwich recipes

The montgomery cheddar is made with raw milk and matured as a cloth‑bound cheese for 18 months. Readers' recipe swap: Roast. Cook readers never fail to surprise: I expected a volley of roast lamb and ribs of beef this week, but instead I found myself cooking Portuguese sea bream and searching for Syrian pepper.

Readers' recipe swap: Roast

How to cook the perfect … crumpets. Anyone puzzled by the origins of the appreciative term "nice bit of crumpet" has clearly never had a good one.

How to cook the perfect … crumpets

Well toasted, and decently adorned, these fluffy yeasted tea cakes are – and I don't use this phrase lightly – properly, hopelessly sexy. Indeed, a fellow food writer recently told me her husband wooed her with homemade crumpets. It's possible to buy decent ready-made versions but as Elizabeth David observes in her English Bread and Yeast Cookery, crumpets are infinitely better "freshly cooked, warm and soaked in plenty of butter" – indeed the true connoisseur will continue to spread until it seeps from the bottom. The problem that exercises many wannabe crumpet cooks is the small matter of the holes that separate the crumpet from the yeasted pancake. Easy weekend recipes: fried eggs, poached egg with salmon. Fried eggs with spicy tamarind dressing You can up the ante and use duck eggs rather than hen's eggs in this dish, which are rich and delicious.

Easy weekend recipes: fried eggs, poached egg with salmon

I also like fried eggs with XO sauce or oyster sauce. Serves 1-2For the fried eggsfree-range or organic eggs 2 large vegetable oil for deep-frying shallots 2, thinly sliced combined mint, coriander and Thai basil leaves (available from Asian stores or Waitrose) 1 small handful For the dressing fresh red chilli 1 long, halved, seeded and chopped wild green chillies (from Asian stores) 3,chopped garlic clove 1, chopped coriander stems 2, chopped caster sugar 1½ tbspfish sauce 1½ tbsplime juice 1½ tbsptamarind water(tamarind available from Asian stores or online) 1½ tbsp To make the dressing, pound the chillies, garlic, coriander stems and sugar in a mortar with a pestle to a fine paste.

The 10 best stew recipes. Fragrant lamb with prunes and almonds Although lamb shanks have become chic and expensive, you could easily make this tagine with boneless lamb shoulder cut into chunks to keep the cost low.

The 10 best stew recipes

It's just as delicious. Serves 6 2.5kg of lamb shanks, or 1.8kg of boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed of fat2 tbsp butter2 medium onions, thickly slicedPinch of saffron threads6 garlic cloves, choppedA thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and slivered1 small cinnamon stick1 tsp coriander seeds1 tsp cumin seeds1 tbsp ground ginger1-2 tsp ground cayenne pepper150g golden raisins300g pitted prunes750ml chicken broth or water300g chopped tomatoesSalt and black pepper. Beers for a merry Christmas. Tony Naylor has chosen a dozen of the best, readily available supermarket beers, and our expert panel has supplied a tasty list of exotic ales for you to track down and savour.

Beers for a merry Christmas

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