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Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

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Vegetarian canape recipes

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Fusilli alla Norma


"Alla Norma is a Sicilian dish, named after the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini. It's traditionally made with ricotta salata but I like to use mozzarella - I prefer its melty stretchy messiness," says Orr. "Though that means it's no longer really alla Norma, but don't tell anyone. Fusilli is my favourite dried pasta, but use whatever you like."

You'll need

160 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 800 gm canned whole peeled tomatoes 1 tsp dried oregano 1 large eggplant (about 500gm), cut into 2cm cubes 600 gm dried fusilli 1 cup (loosely packed) basil, coarsely torn, plus extra to garnish 2 buffalo mozzarella balls (125gm each), coarsely torn

Method

  • 01
  • Heat 50ml oil in a large saucepan over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook until golden (1-2 minutes). Add tomatoes and oregano, season to taste and cook, breaking down tomatoes with a spoon, until sauce thickens (5-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Heat half the remaining oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat and fry half the eggplant until golden and tender (5-7 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander and repeat with remaining oil and eggplant. Add to tomato sauce and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Cook fusilli in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (10-15 minutes), then drain, reserving a little pasta water.
  • 04
  • Add basil, mozzarella and fusilli to tomato sauce and stir to combine. If the sauce is a bit dry, loosen it with a little reserved pasta water. Serve drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and scattered with basil.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

A slightly chilled, fleshy fruit, chalky, mineral-driven light red from Sicily. A 2012 Cos Frappato would be perfect.

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