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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

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.

Cheese, onion and chive scrolls


These more-ish scrolls are best served on the day they're made. You can bake them a few hours ahead then warm them in the oven for a few minutes just before serving.

You'll need

1 onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 250 gm (1 2/3 cups) bread flour 100 gm (2/3 cup) rye flour 10 gm brown sugar 7 gm (1 sachet) dried yeast 2 tbsp finely chopped chives 70 gm each Gruyère and aged Cheddar, coarsely grated 125 ml (½ cup) milk, plus extra for brushing

Method

  • 01
  • Stir onion and oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until tender (4-5 minutes), set aside. Combine flours, sugar, yeast, chives, 50gm cheddar, onion mixture and 2 tsp sea salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Warm milk and 90ml water in a saucepan over low heat until lukewarm, add to flour mixture, knead until smooth and elastic (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (45 minutes-1 hour).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C. Knock back dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 20cm x 40cm rectangle. Scatter with remaining cheeses then roll to form a long cylinder. Cut into 8 pieces, place cut-side down on an oven tray lined with baking paper, stand until slightly risen (10 minutes). Brush tops with milk and bake until golden (20-25 minutes). Serve warm.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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Jun 2011

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