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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."

Fast Chinese Recipes

If you’re looking for quick and spicy dishes to celebrate Chinese New Year, we have the likes of kung pao chicken, ma po beancurd, XO pipis with Chinese broccoli and plenty more fire and crunch here.

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."

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.

Oyster dipping sauce

"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."

Corn salad with prawn salt

"Corn, or mielies, is an essential part of African eating," says Welgemoed. "It's a staple across the continent and is used in different forms as an accompaniment for the majority of meals."

Chocolate-dipped candied oranges


You'll need

2 oranges 660 gm (3 cups) white sugar 6 cardamom pods, bruised 1 tbsp orange flower water 350 gm dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Place oranges in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then drain. Repeat process twice more.
  • 02
  • Cut each orange into 8 wedges. Combine sugar and 3 cups of water in a large saucepan and simmer, stirring occassionally, over medium heat until dissolved. Add oranges and cardamom and simmer for 3½ hours or until syrup has thickened and oranges are translucent. Add orange flower water, then cool and refrigerate until required. Oranges will keep in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to one month.
  • 03
  • Remove oranges from syrup and place on a baking paper-lined oven tray to drain.
  • 04
  • Melt chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Dip half of each orange wedge into chocolate and place on a baking paper-lined plate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 16 people
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  • Serves 16 people

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May 2007

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