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O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

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Nutter butters


Peanut sitting on a stainless steel bench… along comes a rolling pin and… uh oh, nutter butter: peanut butter cookies filled with peanut butter frosting, a spoonful of peanut butter and salty caramel sauce. Toot toot!

You'll need

125 gm butter 100 gm caster sugar 100 gm soft brown sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 225 gm pastry flour, sifted 1 tsp baking powder 70 gm peanuts 50 gm peanut butter, plus an extra 1 tsp for each biscuit ½ quantity of creamy vanilla frosting (see creamy vanilla frosting recipe) 100 ml salty caramel (see salty caramel recipe)

Method

  • 01
  • Cream the butter and both sugars using electric beaters for about 5 minutes. Add the egg gradually until well mixed and pale and creamy. Add the sifted flour, baking powder and peanuts, being careful not to over-mix. Roll the dough into 2 logs, about 5cm in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 1 hour until firm; the dough can be made ahead and frozen for several weeks. Thaw until firm before cutting and baking.
  • 02
  • Preheat the oven to 150C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Cut the logs into 24 slices about 5mm thick, and space them apart on the baking trays, allowing room for a growth spurt in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until an even golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the trays.
  • 03
  • Add the 50gm of peanut butter to the frosting and mix thoroughly. Pipe a ring of peanut butter frosting around the edge of half the biscuits. Place 1 tsp peanut butter in the centre of each, top with a spoonful of salty caramel and add a second biscuit as a lid. The biscuits will keep in an airtight container in a cool dark place for up to a week.

Note This recipe is from Sweet Envy ($45, hbk) by Alistair Wise and Teena Kearney-Wise, published by Murdoch Books, and has been reproduced with minor GT style changes.


At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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