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More Flavours of the World

Get your tastebuds singing with these 3 amazing spicy and sweet recipes illustrating fabulous flavours from around the world, , inspired by Kate Humble's new TV programme, The Spice Trail.  

Another fabulous 3 dishes can be found here

Indonesian beef rendang - Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
100g shallots, chopped roughly
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5cm ginger, grated
3 lemongrass sticks, chopped finely
1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/4 tsp turmeric
600g beef stew meat, cut into 3cm cubes
1 tsp brown sugar
2 cups grated coconut
3 1/2 whole cloves
1/3 cinnamon stick
250ml coconut milk
175ml water
salt to taste

1. Heat the coconut in a large wok, stir continuously so as not to burn the grated pieces. Set aside to cool.

2. Grind the coriander fennel, cumin and nutmeg. Blend this along with the shallots, garlic, chillies, ginger and lemon grass into a thick paste.

3. Fry the paste in oil for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Add the beef and cook for another 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates and the beef is tender (usually this takes about an hour).

5. Serve with white rice.

Mini-muffins full of vanilla flavours – Serves 4

175g butter
1 1/2 vanilla bean, grated
250g sugar
450g self-raising flour
2 large eggs
3 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
200ml milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or gas mark 4 and grease a muffin-baking tray.

2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla bean until light and fluffy.

3. Gradually mix in eggs, vanilla extract, flour and salt. Mix thoroughly.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Gently push a knife vertically into the muffin, if it comes out clean they’re cooked.

5. Serve with ice cream or fruit.

Cheeky Indonesian nutmeg nibbles - Makes 16 biscuits

225g butter
175g brown sugar
1 large egg
575g plain flour
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt

1. Cream the butter until fluffy. Mix in the egg and beat for five minutes or until very well blended.

2. Gently stir in the flour, salt and nutmeg.

3. Split the mixture into 12 dough balls. Softly flatten on a baking tray to form small round, but thick discs.

4. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until golden, on gas mark 4 or 350 degrees F.



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