Venison Keema (2-4)

A great way to use up offcuts of venison from Mark Hix. It will serve two as a main or four as a starter and is good served with flatbreads, rice or even mash.

Wild Salmon with Jersey Royals and Watercress (4)

An early summer favourite from ” Lobster and Chips” by Trish Hilferty. The first wild salmon usually becomes available in early June, briefly overlapping with the time of year when smaller Jersey Royals are still available. Sea Trout or organic salmon can be used as an alternative, but I urge you not to use farmed salmon.

Wild Garlic Macaroni Cheese (6)

I love foraging for wild garlic on my local walks and am always looking for new ways to use it. This green and cheesy pasta from Thomasina Miers is also a great way to use up odds and ends of different cheeses- the more variety the better. If you like crisp pancetta or melted anchovies can be added to the sauce. If wild garlic is hard to find then bulb garlic can be used instead and wilted spinach or kale added for colour.

Cha Kroeung Chicken (4-5)

A spicy chicken and lemongrass stir fry from Cambodia. The recipe is from Y Sok, a Cambodian refugee who came to the UK aged 37 after first migrating to the USA with her family. She runs Kambuja restaurant in the Marple area of Greater Manchester.

Asparagus with Eggs and Zaatar (2)

Here is another Palestinian recipe to make the most of the asparagus season. It’s from “Zaitoun” , a book of Palestinian stories and recipes by Yasmin Khan. It will serve up to six people as part of a mezze style spread with other dishes. The quality of the Za’atar is important, so go for the best you can find, and preferably a Middle Eastern brand.

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Lentil, Aubergine and Pomegranate Stew (4)

This dish is thought to have originated from the coastal shores of Jaffa, but is popular in the Gaza Strip, where it was introduced by the Palestinian communities displaced from the northern shores. Now they are being displaced from the Gaza strip, facing mass murder , starvation and total destruction of homes and communities which will take decades to rebuild if a ceasefire and lasting solution is ever agreed.

This Palestinian name for this dish is Rummaniyya. I found it in ” Zaitoun” by Yasmin Khan which contains Palestinian recipes and ” a chorus of stories from those who live, love and cook with Palestine in their hearts”. I’m going to post a few Palestinian recipes and as you cook them I hope you will keep the plight of the Palestian people foremost in your heart and mind . If you would like to donate here is a link .

This dish would traditionally be served with flatbreads and olives, but can also be served with plain steamed rice which soaks up the juices nicely.