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"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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Lamb with chickpeas and sofrito


You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

1 tbsp olive oil 1 lamb shoulder, bone in (about 2kg) 1 red capsicum, finely chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 fresh bay leaves 2 tbsp sweet paprika 1 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp ground cumin 400 gm canned crushed tomatoes 500 ml dry sherry 250 gm dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water overnight   Picada 100 gm blanched almonds, roasted 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped 1 tsp sweet paprika

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Heat oil in a casserole over high heat. Add lamb shoulder and turn occasionally until browned (3-5 minutes), remove from casserole and set aside. Add capsicum, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaves and spices to casserole and stir occasionally over low heat until onion is very soft (20 minutes), then add tomato and cook until thick (20 minutes). Add lamb, pour over sherry and bake, covered, until lamb is just tender (2 hours). Add chickpeas and 500ml water and cook until chickpeas are tender and lamb is falling from the bone (2½ hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for picada, pound almonds, garlic and paprika in a mortar and pestle until a coarse paste forms. Serve lamb and chickpeas with picada spooned over.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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Aug 2009

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