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Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern dish traditionally made with bulgar wheat and served as part of a mezze. I like to substitute couscous, which is quicker and easier.

Traditionally also, it contains copious amounts of chopped parsley, and lemon juice. My recipe calls for more judicious quantities.

Serves 2
Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: *
Origin: Middle East
Good with: Falafelbarbecue

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes are the most superior version of roast potatoes. Indulgent and not particularly low calorie, but well worth the effort occasionally. They should be amazingly crisp on the outside, and fluffy inside. Mmmmm!
Serves 2
Time: 75 minutes
Difficulty: ***
Origin: Italy
Good with: almost anything savoury!

Indian Spiced Basmati Rice

Indian Spiced Basmati Rice is a rather exacting and time-consuming, but it will enliven any Indian curry recipe. For the best results, make your own Garam Masala and Vegetable Stock.

Serves 2
Time: 75 minutes (including soaking and draining)
Difficulty: ***
Origin: India
Good with: Any Indian Curry, such as Paneer Masala.

Luxury Mashed Potato

I am someone who likes a little mashed potato with my butter, so this recipe is rather calorific. It is also fluffy and light (in texture at least.) The secret is to use floury potatoes, dry them out so they absorb more milk, and mash them smooth using a ricer. If you use waxy potatoes which are higher in starch, the result will be something better suited for hanging wallpaper.

Serves 4
Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: **
Origin: Britain
Good with: Vegetarian Sausages