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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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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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Richly flavoured lamb casserole with mint

Richly flavoured lamb casserole with mint

Wonderful quality lamb is one of the glories of British ingredients. But it does need the help of other flavourings to bring out its natural depth. This is my best-ever lamb casserole recipe. The twist is adding what may feel like a lot of fresh mint, but during the...

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Coq au sauvignon

Coq au sauvignon

There was a half bottle of Sauvignon lurking in the fridge along with some nice plump chicken thighs and some good quality fresh stock. Why not try a variant of Coq au Vin? Nothing like a fancy French title to give a recipe some oomph when really it’s just chicken in...

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Mild chicken curry

Mild chicken curry

This easy chicken curry is pure comfort food. It’s made with skinned thigh fillets and has a faintly Sri Lankan taste as it combines the sweetness of coconut with the sharpness of tamarind (you could add the juice of half a lemon if you don’t have tamarind). It will...

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Sticky chicken

Sticky chicken

My son Owen takes the Jamie approach to cooking – a slurp of this, a glug of that – it’s never very precise but the results are always delicious. His Sticky Chicken is a family favourite. Even the most fussy kids will beg for more. The first secret, as far as I can...

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