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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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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Chilli Paste

Chilli Paste

When there’s a glut of chilies the market stalls are almost giving them away. Yesterday I paid £1 for a brimming bowlful of bright red glossy specimens – the fatter, longer and milder ones. This was several thousand percent cheaper per chilli than the dainty little...

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Fragrant split pea curry

Fragrant split pea curry

This is an ultra simple and extremely economical recipe. I made it with split peas but you could use orange or green lentils instead. Vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters will all love it (omit the splodge of yogurt for vegans). I made this as a dish that would serve 5...

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Proper lamb Biryani

Proper lamb Biryani

Way back in the distant past, I was the producer of Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery – the first time Indian food had had a proper airing on British TV and I also commissioned and edited the book that accompanied the series. I tested every recipe in that book. My copy...

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