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" A lemon, boiled whole and blitzed, makes a useful base for all sorts of dressings. "
" On some subconscious level, I've been prejudiced against turnips, parsnips, swedes and other roots. Do they taste of much? Are they really special? How wrong I was. "
" Take your average couscous salad, and it's almost always a sloppy mush, no matter how much attention has gone into getting flavours in there. "
" Taleggio is the perfect cheese to melt over a warm dish. "
" If you can't taste an ingredient, you have to ask yourself why it is there. "
" Middle Eastern cuisine has the same depth of ingredients and processes as other cuisines. They just haven't had as much exposure. "
" Most British cheeses are now vegetarian and are labelled accordingly. However, French and Italian manufacturers still tend to use rennet. "
" I used to love fine dining, but I lost my appetite for it to a degree because sometimes it is too much about the effort and too little about the result. "
" I tend to mean what I say: in life, generally; in recipes, certainly. "
" I now understand how varied the world of cultivated rice is; that rice can play the lead or be a sidekick; that brown rice is as valuable as white; and that short-grain rice is the bee's knees. "
" There's nothing more marvelously wintery than orange root veg mash; some butter is all it needs. "
" Manouri is a Greek ewes' milk cheese that's light in colour and texture. It's fresh and milky, and goes well with other subtle flavours. "
" Conflict is very much a state of mind. If you're not in that state of mind, it doesn't bother you. "
" Chermoula is a potent North African spice paste that is ideal for smearing on your favourite vegetables for roasting. "
" Even in the busiest kitchen, there's always a point at the end of the day when you go home. "
" Agave nectar is a good substitute for refined sugars. It has a relatively low glycaemic index, which means it doesn't cause quick rises in blood sugar levels. It also has a nice, mild flavour. "
" Yogurt sauce, as you may have noticed by now, is a regular presence in my recipes - that's because it has the ability to round up so many flavours and textures like no other component does. "
" Barley and mushroom is a soothing combination. It's mainly a textural thing, with the barley both gently breaking and enhancing the mushroomy gloopiness. "
" Pomegranate molasses is ubiquitous in Arabic cooking: it's sweet, sour and adds depth. "
" Chana dal are skinless dried split chickpeas used in Indian cooking. They have a great texture and delicate flavour. "
" The emotive power of hummus all over the Middle East cannot be overstated, being the focus of some serious tribal rivalries. "
" Food can bring people together in a way nothing else could. "
" Dad likes my food, but he probably thinks it's too busy. He is a wonderful cook but only uses three ingredients. My mum rips out my articles and makes my recipes. "
" Too many books are full of recipes that aren't doable at home. They are purely aspirational. They are quite frightening, even for me. "
" The range of ingredients available to home cooks has expanded dramatically. People are incorporating herbs and spices like lemongrass, smoked Mexican chile, sumac, and za'atar mix. "
" Urfa chillies are a Turkish variety that are mild on heat but big on aroma. They're sweet, smoky, a lovely dark red, and go with just about anything. "
" Beetroot is a great salad ingredient, especially when still warm; the colour ain't bad, either. "
" Food was always important in my family, but I didn't think of it as a vocation until a later point in life. "
" Braising eggs in a flavoursome, aromatic sauce is all the rage. It is warming and comforting, ideal for the morning when you are not normally up for a great culinary challenge. "
" Going out for a meal, especially for young urbanites, is less about socialising over enjoyable food than about enjoying food as a way to socialise. "
" I do support people eating more vegetables. It's a good thing to do. "