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    We all love pesto, right? But have you heard of the Sicilian version of pesto from the town of Trapani? It's made with almonds and tomatoes, as well as basil and hard cheese. It's easy and perfect, especially for those long weeks when tomatoes are at their juiciest.
  • Japanese curry is based on a roux (a cooked mixture of flour and butter or oil) that is mixed with spices and usually stored in block form. In fact, most Japanese households will have a readymade curry in the pantry. In this recipe, we make the curry cubes from scratch so you can have homemade Japanese curry ready to go. It’s a flavourful instant meal that I just love to have on hand because you can put just about anything in it - it’s a fabulous way to use up little bits of this and that.
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    This picnicky version of san choi bau is healthy, crunchy and energising not to mention gluten-free. This quantity will last two children for approximately three days. The chicken makes great sandwich filling too.
  • In the Middle East, hummus isn’t just a dip, it’s a meal. This version isn’t just a meal, it’s an event, luxed-up with shellfish and given complex layers of flavour with toum, a garlic paste. Even if you don’t want to make the whole dish, give Tom’s hummus recipe a go: it’s one of the best versions I’ve ever tried and for a hummus-obsessive like me, that is no easy statement! 
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    Dumplings are one thing (a very good thing!) but dumplings with sauces are even better. Serving wontons with peanut sauce and chilli oil is a Shanghainese approach, turning a snack into a meal with layers of flavour. I cannot recommend these little beauties highly enough!
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    Great for picnics and light meals, it’s hard to decide whether the pastry or the filling is the star of this savoury tart. Sour cream pastry has just the right balance of crumble and crisp, and the filling is fresh and lush at the same time.
  • As soon as I ate this cheesecake in the Spanish Basque country, I knew my mission: get the recipe and adapt it for Thermomix. Now that I've done so, my life is pretty much complete. Witness my bliss and create your own!
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    Yum! I love this big, flavoursome salad. It’s Thai-inspired with lots of fresh herbs and lime, and the spark of green chilli. Of course, you can leave the chilli out if you like!
  • Great served warm or cold, this is a simple vegetable dish that can easily be made with broccoli, broccolini, peas or snow peas, either instead or in combination. Ricotta salata is a salted ricotta - there are easy substitutes if you can't find it.