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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.

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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Lamb with lemon, mint and shanklish

A butterflied leg or shoulder of lamb is a great way to feed a crowd. Obviously the thicker the lamb, the longer it will take to cook, so when you butterfly the meat, make sure it's no thicker than a steak - you can ask your butcher to do this for you.

You'll need

1 boneless lamb leg (about 1 kg) 1 tbsp grapeseed oil 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander ½ tsp hot paprika   Cracked wheat, lemon and mint salad 200 gm coarse cracked wheat 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tbsp finely chopped oregano, plus extra leaves, to serve 1 cup (firmly packed) mint, torn 80 gm dried black olives (see note), pitted, coarsely chopped Juice of 1 lemon and flesh of 1 lemon, diced, plus wedges to serve 80 ml (1/3 cup) extra-virgin olive oil 125 gm (½ ball) chilli shanklish (see note), crumbled


  • 01
  • Heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat. To butterfly lamb, start from the centre and cut outwards halfway through the thickness of the lamb with a large sharp knife on each side and open out to one large flat piece about 2cm thick. Drizzle lamb with oil and scatter with spices, sea salt flakes and pepper, then rub seasoning all over the lamb and grill, turning occasionally, until lamb is charred and pink and internal temperature reaches 63C (10-15 minutes). Transfer lamb to a plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest (10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for salad, cook cracked wheat in a saucepan of boiling water until al dente (10-11 minutes). Drain well in a sieve, shaking to remove excess water, and spread out over a tray to cool and dry (10-15 minutes). Place in a bowl, add remaining ingredients and season to taste.
  • 03
  • Thickly slice lamb and serve with cracked wheat salad scattered with oregano leaves and lemon wedges to the side.

Note Dried black olives are available from delicatessens, if they're unavailable, substitute other black olives. Shanklish, a hard cheese coated in za'atar and spices, is available from Middle Eastern grocers. If it's unavailable, substitute feta.

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  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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