Eggplant Caviar

Ingredients: 1 eggplant, about 1 pound Half a large tomato or one Roma 2 garlic cloves 3/4 teaspoon salt Few grinds of black pepper 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prick the eggplant all over with a fork, and roast on a foil-lined baking sheet until soft,…

Indian Chili Chicken

Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (6 to 8 smallish ones) 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, plus extra if required Ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 teaspoon bouillon powder (or 1/2 a stock cube) 1 to 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil 1-inch piece ginger, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 to 2…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients: 10 ounces (290g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped 7 ounces (200g) butter, salted or unsalted, cut into pieces 5 large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup (200g) sugar unsweetened cocoa powder, for preparing the cake pan Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Butter a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan and dust it with…

Brussels Sprouts with Peanut Dressing

Ingredients: 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved and rinsed in cold water ¼ cup vegetable oil Salt 4 teaspoons champagne vinegar 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter, creamy or chunky Hot sauce or chile oil (optional) 1 large navel orange 3 tablespoons dried tart cherries or cranberries, plumped in warm…

Roasted Cauliflower with Garam Masala

Ingredients 1 medium cauliflower, leaves removed and cut into 3/4-inch vertical slices neutral oil for drizzling salt and freshly-ground black pepper 1 tsp garam masala 2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee) 1/2 cup finely diced onion 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric To make your own garam masala: 1-2 dried red chilies, stemmed and broken in two 4…

Carrot Soup with Tahini

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds carrots, peeled, diced or thinly sliced 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon table salt, plus more if needed Pinch of Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes 4 cups vegetable broth 3 tablespoons (25…

Roasted Green Beans with Harissa

Ingredients: 1 pound fresh green beans 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons harissa paste Salt and freshly-ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sliced almonds Preheat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper position. Wash, thoroughly dry, and trim the ends off the beans. In a medium bowl, mix together the olive oil…