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Cooking up joy!

This week, I'm going to have a party in the kitchen and make music for the pallette. I want to make food that uplifts and adds sparkling flavours to the English summer afternoons and twilit evenings. I'm on lunch and dinner shifts, as head cook for the volunteer team here at EarthSpirit Centre, and I'm so excited. Here is one of the meals that I have planned:

Amba Hummus and Kibbeh with Lemon-Fried Rice and Salad
Amba Sauce: made with mango and spices, swirled into hummus and serve with kibbeh: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/amba-sauce/Hummus: So easy to make. It's just blended chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and a touch of coriander, paprika and any fried/roasted vegetables that may be on hand.Kibbeh: This was my favourite food ever when I used to eat at Persepolis deli when I was living near Peckham, South London. It's kind of like a miniature vegan 'chicken Kyiv' (haha, oh memories of childhood chicken Kyiv with salad, thanks m…
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