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Lebanese-style snapper

"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

Coleslaw

"Store-bought and pre-cut coleslaws, and bottled dressings have given the humble slaw a lacklustre rep over the years," says Stone. "Taking a little time (just 10 minutes!) to whip one up yourself reminds us why this salad became popular in the first place. This creamy, crunchy coleslaw comes together in a pinch and can be piled atop a thick piece of brisket or served as a side."

Prego rolls

"This is a Mozambican specialty and one of the foods that changed my life in terms of African cuisine," says Duncan Welgemoed. "The best spot to get a prego roll in South Africa is the Radium Beerhall. It's run by my godfather, Manny, and is the oldest pub in Jo'burg. The meats are grilled out the back by Mozambican staff and are still done the same way today as they were 30 years ago." Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the beef.

Green salad with vinaigrette

"Our seven-year-old, Arwen, has been making this vinaigrette since she was five - she tastes it as she goes," says Levy Redzepi. "It's fresh and acidic and as good as the leaves. Frillice lettuce is crunchy but it's thin so it's like a perfect mix of cos and iceberg."

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Curried young coconut salad with sorrel

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Pete Evans: Spaghetti Bolognese


You'll need

½ onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 500 gm minced meat 1 tsp dried oregano 1 cup red wine, such as shiraz 2 tbsp tomato paste 3 tbsp tomato sauce (the one you put on your meat pies) 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce or a pinch of chilli flakes 1 large tin tomato soup (Campbell's or Heinz) ½ - 1 cup chicken stock 2 tsp sea salt To season: cracked black pepper 4 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped To serve: cooked spaghetti (preferably fresh pasta) To serve: Parmigiano-Reggiano or parmesan, grated To serve (optional): silverbeet, mushrooms and zucchini (Mum likes to add to the sauce to make it a bit healthier and interesting, but I'm not really into it - sorry Mum.)

Method

  • 01
  • Heat oil. Add onions and garlic and sauté until soft (no colour). Add the mince and brown (3-4 minutes). Add the oregano and wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add the tomato paste and sauces and cook for 1 minute. Add the soup, chicken stock, a touch of salt and a good crack of black pepper. Simmer for ½ hour (adding more stock if needed). Add parsley and toss through hot pasta. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy with the rest of the shiraz.
Note This is a direct submission from our chef respondent and not a recipe we've put through the triple-testing of everything else we publish in the magazine and is therefore intended as a guide only. Please refer to the recipe given by our food director, Emma Knowles, for a tested and more detailed walk-through.

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  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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