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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.

Rice pudding with brown sugar and coconut


Many Latin American rice puddings are made with condensed milk and evaporated milk, while others are sweetened with rich dark brown sugars. This is our take on a Peruvian version, made with chancaca - a syrup made with unrefined piloncillo sugar - which gives it a distinctive pale caramel colour. Piloncillo can be hard to find, but any rich dark brown sugar will also work well.

You'll need

200 gm (1 cup) long-grain rice, rinsed under cold running water 200 ml coconut milk, plus extra (optional), to serve 165 gm (3/4 cup) piloncillo (see note) or brown sugar, plus extra to serve 40 gm (1/2 cup) finely grated fresh coconut (from about 1/2 coconut), plus extra shaved, to serve 2 cinnamon quills 1 star anise Ground cinnamon and finely grated orange rind, to serve

Method

  • 01
  • Combine rice, coconut milk, ½ tsp sea salt and enough cold water to cover by 1cm in a saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Set aside without uncovering to steam for 5 minutes.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, stir sugar, coconut, cinnamon quills, star anise and 150ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until syrupy (6-8 minutes). Stir into rice to taste, divide among bowls and serve warm drizzled with extra coconut milk, and scattered with extra piloncillo, shaved coconut, ground cinnamon and orange rind.

At A Glance

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

Additional Notes

Piloncillo is available online from Mexican food stockists such as Fireworks Foods (fireworksfoods.com.au).

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