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Dishes where I provide my opinion as to whether I will make it again

Black pasta with pickled rhubarb and ginger

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Some recipes just don’t turn out. This one, which I modified by using black soybean pasta to make it vegan, was tasted by three people, and we would all describe it as Bad – I will never make this again. We all like rhubarb, and I usually like Ottolenghi’s recipes, but this dish disappointed.

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Blackened Okra

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Here’s the recipe. The spice mix is also nice on roast broccoli.

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Rating: Delicious – It will become part of my regular rotation

Wilted spinach with saffron yoghurt and golden raisins

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I tried Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for wilted spinach with saffron yoghurt and golden raisins. I liked the spinach but would have liked only a tiny bit of yoghurt to accompany it.

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Rating: Okay – I probably won’t make it again for some time

Grilled Lettuce with Brie

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Grilled lettuce has been on my list of recipes to try for some time, but I only just got around to it.

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Rating: Tasty – I will probably make it again

I don’t buy lettuce very often because I don’t much care for it, and this recipe won’t make me yearn to buy lettuce. However, it’s a very good way to use up leftover lettuce. It tastes nothing like a salad.

Grilled Okra in Butter Sauce

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I tried a recipe for grilled okra for lunch, substituting half a red onion I had on hand for the shallots. I used mint as my herb and included the lemon zest.

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Rating: Tasty – I will probably make it again

Roasted Yams with Chickpeas and Yoghurt

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I tried this recipe for roasted yams with chickpeas and yoghurt but used purple yams and added some yellow beets. It occurred to me that I might have gotten a similar colour effect with orange sweet potatoes and red beets.

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I wanted to like this dish because I like all the components independently, but somehow the combination and the seasoning didn’t work for me. I’d rather make sweet potato wedges and serve them with a wrap of roasted chickpeas and tzatziki, or with chickpeas with yoghurt.

Rating: So-so – I’m unlikely to make this again

Black-eyed Pea and Chard/Mangold Stew

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This is a really tasty dish. I made it with rainbow chard/mangold. Don’t skimp on the lemon juice, as it really adds to the dish.

Rating: Tasty – I will probably make it again