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"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.

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"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."

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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"To me, eating raw things is integral to any good meal, especially during a barbecue in summer," says Rene Redzepi. "You can do it with oysters on the half-shell with a bit of lemon juice, or something like this sauce. It's a perfect start - rich, fresh, creamy, with the crunch from the raw vegetables and a lot of acidity from the parsley, vinegar, and all these things that give brightness."

Curried young coconut salad with sorrel

"This subtle salad acts like a palate-cleanser alongside the more intensely spiced meats and vegetables at an African barbecue," says Welgemoed.

Fish and lobster salad with tomato-cumin dressing


You'll need

600 gm salmon fillet, skinned and pin-boned 1 (about 750gm) cooked lobster, shelled and thinly sliced 3 egg tomatoes, cut into thin wedges 2 red capsicum, grilled until skins blacken, then cooled, peeled, seeded and cut into strips 120 gm (¾ cup) pitted green Spanish olives, sliced 1 Spanish onion, cut into very thin wedges 1 bunch of watercress, sprigs removed   Tomato-cumin dressing 2 very ripe egg tomatoes, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp tomato paste 1½ tsp cumin seeds, dry roasted and coarsely ground 1½ tsp sweet Spanish paprika 2 tbsp sherry vinegar ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • For tomato-cumin dressing, process tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, paprika and vinegar in a food processor until well combined, then, with motor running, add oil in a thin, steady stream and process until incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Makes about 2 cups.
  • 02
  • Brush salmon with oil, season to taste, then barbecue or char-grill on a hot plate for 3 minutes on each side or until cooked but still pink in the middle. Cool, then cut into 2.5cm pieces. Combine salmon pieces with remaining ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with a little tomato-cumin dressing and toss gently to coat.
  • 03
  • Divide salad among plates and serve immediately, with remaining dressing passed separately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

This dish needs the savoury pungency of a dry-ish, European pink wine made from grenache or tempranillo.

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