Grilled Lamb Chop Appetizer
Grilled Lamb Chop Appetizer

Grilled Lamb Chop Appetizer

Lamb Chops tend to be the focus of a Main Dish serving in most Western households. Here however, nice plump loin chops are marinated in a tangy Mint Sauce, Grilled with Yoghurt, Garlic, and Rosemary, then served atop a bed of Sweet Bell Peppers sautéed with Sherry. They make a lovely appetizer, and could just as easily be served as one dish in a Tapas style meal.


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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This sauce enhances the lovely sweet and smoky flavors of Roasted Red Bell Peppers with the mellowed bite of lightly fried garlic. Other than a little optional salt and sugar, no other flavorings are added, which makes the result very extendable. It can be used as a sauce, dip, or condiment in its own right, but is largely designed to be an ingredient in other dishes, or a starting point for other condiments and sauces.


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Clams and Pork with Basil
Clams and Pork with Basil

Clams and Pork with Basil

Clams and Pork may sound like an unlikely pairing to some but it is actually a pretty popular combination in the cuisines of both China and Portugal. Likewise, Basil may seem like an odd addition for a Chinese preparation but in fact Basil is quite well known in that nation, most notably by the Hakka people, who sometimes use it in very large quantities in a single dish. Here, in this recipe, I have also used soy and rice wine among the flavorings here so, ethnically speaking, we have pretty much taken a left turn at Portugal and headed straight on to China…


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Zha Cai - Sichuan Preserved Vegetable
Zha Cai – Sichuan Preserved Vegetable

Zha Cai, or Sichuan Preserved Vegetable, is a spicy Sichuanese specialty featuring a type of mustard stem pickled by packing it with salt, garlic and chili.  It is a very versatile pantry ingredient that packs a powerful flavor punch and can be added to soups and stews, as well as steamed or stir-fried dishes.


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