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Sally Butcher's Butternut squash boots
This Persian dish is a Golshan Ebrahimi family favourite. That means that my long-suffering mother-in-law has to make it at least once a fortnight for her clamorous brood. It is a delicious dish: the sharpness of the cooking stock contrasts beautifully with the creaminess of the squash.Khoresht-e-Kadoo – Butternut Squash Boats
Kadoo in Persian just means squash, and in common parlance little difference is made between them: the word is applied equally to courgettes and pumpkins. If you really want to be pedantic, you can refer to the butternut variety as kadoo halvayi – it is, after all, sweet and creamy like halva.
Sally Butcher's Egyptian Street Food
The first time I sampled kushari it was prepared by a fellow sous-washer-upper at some restaurant in which I was working, and I looked on sceptically as he combined rice, AND pasta, AND lentils – in truth it looked like a rather bad experiment. But it worked, and came to be a popular staff supper (trade secret: some of the best restaurant meals are born out of staff dinner experiments – but shh! You didn’t hear it from me). Took me a few years to work out that it is in fact the joint favourite Egyptian national dish (one of three), and probably Cairo’s best-selling street fare.Kushari: Egyptian Street Food
It evolved as a nutritious and fast dinner for Coptic Christians, who spend 210 days of each year fasting and following a vegan diet. They hold that man only started in on carnal pleasures (yes, that includes meat eating) after his fall from grace, and that good Christians should aspire to renounce such things as often as possible.
It is especially good Monday evening fare: after the over-indulgence of the weekend, this simple concoction of tomatoes and carbs hits the mark.