Lockdown cookbook

You’re in social isolation and opportunities for shopping might be limited. But you have a well-stocked store-cupboard and freezer and it’s still possible to get most food if you look in the right places. 

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Jollof rice

Jollof rice

How could I have lived for such a long time in London, with its large African and Caribbean community, without once trying or cooking Jollof rice? Fact is I hadn’t, until Adeola Manuwa put me right. Adeola is a Nigerian Londoner but Jollof is cooked all over Africa,...

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Couscous salad

Couscous salad

Couscous is amazingly versatile and so simple to use. It comes already ‘cooked’ so all it needs is a bath in boiling water to re-hydrate.  Then it will accommodate any flavourings you like. This combination is one of my favourites: the creamy colour of the couscous...

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Prawns with Spring Onions, Parsley and Chili

Prawns with Spring Onions, Parsley and Chili

If you’re looking for a quick light lunch for two or a tasty starter for four, this recipe could be your answer. I buy frozen raw king prawns, line a dish with kitchen paper and let them thaw out at room temperature. Make sure you have patted them dry before cooking....

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Lemon Sole (or Plaice) with Capers

Lemon Sole (or Plaice) with Capers

I cooked this dish without realising that it had a fancy name and a long history in French cooking: Sole Meuniere. Just shows you can’t keep a good idea to yourself.  It’s a dead simple way of cooking white flat fish, so it will work with lemon sole, dover sole or...

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Turkey Patties

Turkey Patties

Minced turkey thigh is cheap and has more flavour than turkey breast. You can use it for any pasta sauce that calls for meat, or, as here, in lightly spiced patties. Use any of your favourite spices, adding hotter chili powder if you wish. The recipe here is mild...

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Chicken legs with ginger and soy

Chicken legs with ginger and soy

The River Cottage website has a wonderful sounding recipe for slow-cooked shin of beef with ginger and soy https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/shin-of-beef-with-ginger-and-soy.  I’ve never made it because I’m not keen on beef, but the ingredients sounded intriguing...

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Roast chicken legs with roasted cabbage

Roast chicken legs with roasted cabbage

This recipe was inspired by my friend Jane. I had no idea you can roast cabbage, but yes you can! This dish is simple and quick – you can do the whole thing in just over an hour and there are only 7 ingredients. The chicken legs have some cunning flavouring tucked...

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