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

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

Devil’s Food Cake with Midnight Ganache

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A friend and I made this rich chocolate cake layered with cherries soaked on cognac.The recipe comes from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum, which contains some excellent cake recipes.

This particular cake was so incredibly rich I could barely eat a small piece. I thought it was a bit too complicated for what is essentially a very intense chocolate cake. My friend, however, thought it was quite good so take my rating with a grain of salt.

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