1、Ginger & chilli oil

We've added chilli to this traditional accompaniment for a little more heat. Serve with some stir-fried Chinese veg and our one-pot crystal chicken

Ginger & chilli oil recipe

Ingredients

  • white parts of one bunch spring onions
  • a large piece of ginger
  • whole red chilli
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

Method

Heat 3 tbsp vegetable oil until smoking hot, then pour into the dish and leave to sizzle. Can be made a day ahead covered with cling film.
https://www.truecookbook.com/recipe/ginger-chilli-oil-8276/

2、Corn & green bean cakes with avocado & chilli jam

Vegetarian fritters made with sweetcorn, spring onions and beans, served with chilli and coriander avocado and a sweet dipping sauce
Corn & green bean cakes with avocado & chilli jam recipe

Ingredients

  • 400g sweetcorn kernels, boiled, then drained (or use 2 x 198g cans)
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 50g green bean, chopped into 1cm pieces
  • 1 red chilli (deseeded if you don't like it too hot), finely chopped
  • large handful coriander leaves
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 85ml milk
  • 2 small avocados, diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250g jar Tracklemans chilli jam

Method

  1. Put the sweetcorn, spring onions, beans, half of the chilli and coriander, the flour, eggs, milk and seasoning in a large bowl. Mix together, then set aside. Mix the avocado with the remaining chilli and coriander, the lime juice and some seasoning, then set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Spoon in 6 mounds of the corn mixture, a little spaced apart. When browned on the underside, turn over and cook for a further 1-2 mins, then transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the cakes with the avocado salsa and chilli jam.

3、Courgette, mint, ricotta & chilli salad

This light salad works as a side dish or main meal- get your grill really hot for perfectly charred courgettes
Courgette, mint, ricotta & chilli salad recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 courgettes, sliced 2-3mm thick lengthways
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1½ red chillies, finely chopped
  • large handful mint, finely chopped
  • small knob of butter
  • 2 tbsp pine nut
  • 2 handfuls rocket leaves
  • 100g ricotta

Method

  1. Heat a griddle pan to medium. Put the courgette slices in a bowl and toss with 1½ tbsp of the oil. Griddle for 3-4 mins on each side – you’ll need to do this in batches – then transfer to a clean bowl. (See below left for griddling tips.)
  2. Mix together the remaining oil, the vinegar, most of the chilli and mint, and some seasoning, then pour over the courgettes and leave to marinate.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan until foaming, then add the pine nuts. Cook over a low heat until nicely browned, then drain on kitchen paper.
  4. To assemble the salad, toss the rocket and most of the pine nuts with the courgettes. Divide among plates or pile onto a serving dish. Break the ricotta into chunks and dot over the salad, then scatter the remaining chilli, mint and pine nuts on top.

4、Sticky treacle, ginger & lime cake

This moist and sticky layer cake tastes better the longer you leave it in the tin, so make ahead and enjoy for up to a week
Sticky treacle, ginger & lime cake recipe

Ingredients

  • 200g butter
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 175g black treacle
  • 2 tbsp ginger syrup
  • 200ml full-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 325g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 75g stem ginger, chopped
  • zest 2 limes
  • 4 tbsp lime marmalade or lime curd
  • zest 2 limes, plus juice of 1
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp amber sugar crystals (we used Tate & Lyle), or 5 sugar cubes

Method

  1. Put the butter, muscovado sugar, treacle and ginger syrup in a saucepan. Heat for a few mins, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool for 5 mins. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm-deep round cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the milk into the butter mixture, then add the eggs and beat well to combine. In a large bowl, mix the flour, bicarb and ground ginger. Pour in the buttery liquid and stir well to combine, making sure there are no pockets of flour. Add the stem ginger and lime zest, and stir again.
  3. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hr 15 mins. To check if the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake – if any uncooked cake mixture sticks to the skewer, return the cake to the oven for a further 10 mins, then check again. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Split the cake into 2 or 3 layers with a long, serrated knife. Spread the lime marmalade or curd between the layers then reassemble.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice and icing sugar until thick and smooth, adding a little extra icing sugar if it’s too runny. Transfer to a sandwich bag, squeeze down into one corner and twist shut, then snip off a tiny bit of the corner. Drizzle in stripes over the cake. Using a pestle and mortar, crush the sugar crystals or cubes, with half the lime zest, to a chunky rubble and scatter over the top of the cake. Finish by sprinkling with the remaining zest. Will keep in a tin for up to 1 week – it tastes great on the day it’s made, but even better after a day or two in the tin.

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