Dairy Free

Smoky Kidney Bean Chilli with black cardamon

​A rich and delicious vegan chilli with smoky flavours from the black cardamon a one pot wonder perfect if your in the house and you can let the stove do all the work. 
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Poudine Vermicelle

​This used to be my after school snack that mum used to make for us before being sent to our rooms to do our homework! In Mauritius this is eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a hot cup of vanilla tea. I’ve made this recipe dairy free by taking out the butter and milk traditionally used and added more flavours and nuts that I think make this taste even more special. 
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Cumin & Garlic King Prawns

​The sauce for this dish can be made up in advance and left in the fridge hence why I add extra oil to this than usual as it preserves the sauce allowing you to use it for up to 5 days in the fridge. It’s a simple recipe but goes so well with seafood, chicken and fish and yes the quantity of garlic is correct! 
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Mauritian Chicken Livers with Onion and Spice

​This classic dish is typically served as a snack with crusty baguette served with pickled chilli (piment confit) on the side. It’s iron rich flavour paired with gentle warm spices and onions is so easy to prepare with just a few simple ingredients. 
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Vindaye Tuna

A mouth watering delicacy of Mauritius. Typically made in advance and left to allow the flavours to work together, this is usually served with a big crusty baguette or you can eat it with Roti or Puri. Whatever you decide to eat it with you’ll always be happy to know your fridge has this for any rainy day fridge raid! 
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Ras El Hanout Kebabs

​Ras El Hanout is a delicious moroccan spice mix similar to the Indian garam masala and means “top of the shop” gorgeously fragrant and easily adds bags of flavour to any dish. 
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Tilapia & Aubergine Coconut Curry

​As featured in waitrose:  Mauritius owes it’s culinary traditions to history of passing trade including Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and Indian. The island tempered native Indian curries making them milder and lighter in flavour.  This dish is very evocative for me with the caramel scent of aubergine frying, clanking of pots and pans, the fragrance of mums kitchen.  
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Long & Lazy 1 Pot Chilli

This one-pot long and lazy chilli is a great weekend dish when you don’t want to spend hours over the stove, yet want a great result. Using red onions pickled in lime juice alongside home baked spicy nachos makes this a winning chilli! 
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Curried Prawns with Cucumber Relish

​I just love this combination of fiery prawns with a soothing cucumber relish, so easy to put together and perfect for entertaining friends in the summer months. As featured in Sainsbury’s magazine. 
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Monkfish Tails with Spicy Coconut & Tomato Dressing

Simple and delicious monkfish tails perfect for an evening party to impress. The coconut chutney is just delicious and works perfectly with the monkfish. Simple to prepare but really does have the wow factor. As featured in Sainsburys Magazine Serves 4
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Baked Tofu, Quinoa & Black Bean

Baked tofu has a firmer texture and holds its shape better when tossed through a salad. This is deceiving as it is packed with loads of flavour, be liberal with the chilli and lemon as it really lifts this super fragrant dish. 
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Cari Mutton (Mauritian Mutton Curry)

​Mutton is a wonderfully rich meat that can handle lots of chilli and spice so this is the perfect for it. This is the dish that I cooked in the final of MasterChef and I still can’t believe that one of my family’s classic curries would be enough to secure me the title! It tastes even better the next day as all the spices harmonise and the flavours go deep into the meat.  Extract from my first cook book ‘Sunshine on a Plate’ 
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Photo: Coconut & Lime Fish Skewers

Coconut & Lime Fish Skewers

​A deliciously light & simple supper with a hint of spice and citrus. Perfect for a mid week supper of BBQ dish

Feta and Sweetcorn Fritters

I made up this dish from some leftover feta and sweetcorn I had in the fridge - my girls were coming over in the evening and it was a quick starter which they loved.
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Photo: Poisson Cru (Tahitian Ceviche)

Poisson Cru (Tahitian Ceviche)

​The dish is sweet, exotic and refreshing. A twist on a classic ceviche with the addition of coconut milk to add that extra layer of tropical flavour. Perfect for summer and easy to make for entertaining friends.
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5 Star Butterbean Tagine

A vegetarian butter bean feast full of Moroccan-influenced flavours and will go down a storm with all the family.
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Mango & Chilli Chutney

​Perfect for alfresco dining as part of a cheeseboard or tapas selection.
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Lobster Curry

This delicately spiced curry is a delicious way to serve lobster.

Sticky Rice with Mango, Papaya and Lime

These sweet amuse-bouche are perfect in-between courses, or at the of end a Thai meal. This was completely inspired by my wonderful trip to Thailand.
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Chilli Cakes

These deliciously spicy gateau piment are best served hot and are perfect with a crisp beer like Pheonix. If you can’t get hold of this beer then it would work equally well with something like Asahi. Bon Appetit!
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Spicy Aubergine Fritters

I love aubergines, particularly the finger aubergines which tend to be sweeter in flavour - you can find these in specialist Asian supermarkets 
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