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Sugarless Gingerbread Pudding

Using dates to sweeten this traditional pudding gives it a delicious sweet, caramel flavour without adding any sugars. Serve with a simple dusting of icing sugar and some custard.

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Persian Rice Cookies

There are so many variations of this very traditional Persian rice cookie (or nan-e-berenji); some have rosewater, some cardamom. You can use poppyseeds or not. They can be decorated or left plain. All of them gift you with melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, crisp cookies that will become your new favourite.

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Salmon Tarator

A glorious entertaining dish that is served at room temperature, meaning you can have it cooked and ready to dress before your guests even arrive. Soft, perfectly cooked salmon is smothered in a delicious coating that combines fresh pops of flavour with rich and earthy spices.

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Savoury Cheesecake

I’m going to be honest; my dream meal would be savoury cheesecake with sweet cheesecake for dessert. There is something about that rich and creamy filling, contrasted with the crunch of a good shell, that I find irresistible. This cheesecake is creamy and cheesy and can be tweaked with whatever flavours you prefer. Add some basil and sundried tomatoes or heaps of fresh herbs, maybe some chunks of roasted pumpkin.

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Stuffed Tomatoes (Gemista)

This classic dish of rice-stuffed tomatoes combines the sweetness of tomatoes with the saltiness of olives and the crunch of pine nuts. Baked to perfection in a juicy sauce, it’s perfect as a starter, or serve with extra vegetables for a main course.

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Lentil Bolognaise

A rich sauce with the tender bite of lentils creates a bolognaise sauce that can’t be forgotten. Use it over pasta or as a lasagne base.