Picadillo (6-8)

This beef hash is one of Cuba’s most popular dishes and it is also found in parts of Latin America. It can be served simply with just plain rice to accompany, or with black beans and rice, perhaps topped with a fried egg. This is from ” The Cooking of the Caribbean” by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz.

Chicken with Pineapple (6)

Poultry or meat dishes cooked with fruit are commonly found in the Spanish speaking islands of the Caribbean and indeed throughout Latin America. This practice originated in the Middle East, then spread to Spain when the Moors occupied the Iberian Peninsula. This is from Antigua and can be found in ” The Cooking of the Caribbean” by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz.

Keralan Egg Roast (4)

An easy egg curry from ” Fresh Flavours of India ” by Das Sreedharan. When i lived in Stoke Newington I had two of his Rasa restaurants within a 15 minute walk. Although I didn’ t eat there often ( what a missed opportunity…) I can honestly say it was the best South Indian food I have ever eaten in the UK. I serve this with a spinach curry alongside and some rice or naan.

Lemon Roasted Feta with Tomatoes (2-4)

A colourful dish for summer which i like to make using cherry tomatoes from ” A Modern Way to Eat” by Anna Jones.You could also serve the roasted feta in a greek salad or crumbled over roasted squash. This will serve two as a main or four as part of a meal. Sometimes i serve this with some home made oven chips, or with warmed pittas or crusty bread to mop up the juice. You could also serve a green salad alongside.