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I love the idea of onion rings - a crispy batter surrounding a ring of sweet onion. But the things you get from most takeaways are usually disappointly artificial. You have to wonder how much onion they waste to get every ring the exact same size!
Chorchori or charchari is a staple of Bengali vegetarian cuisine. It usually consists of around 5 different vegetables sauteed and steamed. The exact selection of veggies depends on what you happen to have available, and you should try to have a range of different textures - crunchy like carrots and radishes, soft like squash, pumpkin and aubergine, and in-between like potatoes, peas and green beans.
Tandoori Chicken is probably one of the most popular dishes in Indian restaurants in the west. But you need a tandoor to make it, right? Not quite - you can do it on a barbecue or grill, but you can also do it in a standard oven. You won't get the smoky char on it, but it's still pretty good!
Pie and Mash with Liquor
Dating from the times when the Thames was cleaner and full of life, these pies would originally have contained eels - the accompanying sauce is made from the liquid (the liquor) the eels were cooked in, along with a load of parsley that gives it its green colour. Nowadays the most common filling is minced beef, although finely diced beef can also be used.
Every Indian takeaway and restaurant everywhere has onion bhajis on its menu. They are a fabulous snack or starter, and really easy to make.
Fudge - sweet, buttery and creamy - this basic fudge recipe is luxurious, not too sweet (is there such a thing?) and completely addictive. Many recipes use condensed or evaporated milk, but this one doesn't - nor does it add chocolate, nuts, berries or kale, it's just basic and delicious fudge.
English crumpets are a kind of thick but light pancake, characterized by the numerous holes in the top. Served hot and smothered with butter, there's nothing quite like them. Not to be confused with muffins.
Goulash - Magyar Gulyás Leves, is probably one of Hungary's most famous dishes. It's a warming and hearty beef and vegetable soup flavoured with sweet paprika.
I don't know how well-known haslet is throughout the UK (and indeed the world), but it deserves to be very popular. Made from minced pork and offal, it's a deliciously savoury meaty loaf that's perfect eaten cold with a salad or sliced in a sandwich.
English Pouring Custard - Creme Anglaise
I've always found custard pretty tricky to make the conventional way - a lot can go wrong, and it takes quite a bit of practice to get right. In this recipe, I'll show you the traditional way, and also a foolproof method using a sous vide machine.
Spotted Dick is one of the classic British puddings. Thanks to the suet, it is actually quite light in texture, and utterly comforting. And it's got fruit in it, so it's one of your 5 a day!
Chilli and Cheese Burritos with Home-made Flour Tortillas
Burritos can contain pretty much anything, but the key thing is a good flour tortilla - the best ones are home-made, so I'm showing you how to do that here.
Chilli Con Carne
In Texas and Mexico, Chilli con carne would typically be made using diced beef and a blend of 3 or 4 different types of chilli. In the British version we use minced beef, 1 type of chilli ('red'!) and beans, usually red kidney beans. So, not authentic, but very tasty.
If you ever get bored of potatoes, rice or pasta for your carbs hit, try spätzle. It's yummy! By the way, it's pronounced something like 'shpetzly'.