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    Cold cherry-lemon soup

    Cold cherry-lemon soup

    Serves 6 • grated rind of 3 lemons • juice of 4 large lemons (about 1 cup) • ⅔ cup sugar, or more to taste • 1 cup water • 1 cup light white wine • 1 lb. fresh, sweet, dark cherries • 5 egg yolks • 10 to 12 ice cubes • 1 cup sour cream sweetened with 2 to 3...

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    Cheddar-Apple Bundles

    Cheddar-Apple Bundles

    PREP: 45 minutes BAKE: 20 minutes cool: 20 minutes OVEN: 400°F MAKES 8 servings 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (8 ounces) 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup butter,...

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    AVOCADO, HONEY, + CINNAMON LASSI

    AVOCADO, HONEY, + CINNAMON LASSI

    Travel the length and breadth of India today and you will find lassis of every kind, texture, and flavor. The best one I ever had was from Blue Lassi in Varanasi. This avocado and honey lassi borrows from that one. Creamy and rich from the blended avocado flesh and...

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    CHEWY DATE + NUT BALLS

    CHEWY DATE + NUT BALLS

    These irritatingly addictive little balls are the backdrop to every cultural or religious calendar event in India. They can be made in minutes and stored for weeks, and are delightful to eat as a snack, on picnics, or even to give to others. A food processor will make...

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    CASHEW NUT FUDGE

    CASHEW NUT FUDGE

    There is a secret to this one, my grandma said: you know it’s done when the spoon stands up by itself in the mixture. And with this piece of advice, I have always had perfect fudge. This is one of the most highly prized of all Indian sweets, the mastering of which...

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    CARROT HALWA WITH GARAM MASALA PECANS

    CARROT HALWA WITH GARAM MASALA PECANS

    This recipe marks a milestone in my relationship with my mother. When I gave her some of the halwa with a cup of tea, she burst into tears. I was horrified something was wrong. “No,” she said, “but I think it’s better than mine!” If eating carrots as a dessert strikes...

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    PISTACHIO, ORANGE ZEST, + DATE NANKATAI

    PISTACHIO, ORANGE ZEST, + DATE NANKATAI

    My Aunt Dina always has a batch of these tucked away in a stainless-steel tin in the kitchen. There’s a considerable amount of tense anticipation around the table at teatime until she opens it and hands them out, and then it feels as though the world is put to rights...

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    VERMICELLI MILK PUDDING WITH SAFFRON MANGOES

    VERMICELLI MILK PUDDING WITH SAFFRON MANGOES

    This recipe is based on my mum’s go-to dinner party classic, which she’s been serving in the same crystal bowl for decades. It’s never once let her down. It’s made by poaching roasted wheat vermicelli in milk and cardamom, which creates something as comforting but not...

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    EAST AFRICAN PEANUT CAKE

    EAST AFRICAN PEANUT CAKE

    Mum talks fondly about a cake that was made by an Ismaili Gujarati friend of hers back in Uganda. Neither her friends nor she had ovens, so they used to take the mixture down to a baker in the East Nile District and go for a swim or play with baby crocodiles while it...

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    PISTACHIO + ALMOND CAKE WITH SAFFRON ICING

    PISTACHIO + ALMOND CAKE WITH SAFFRON ICING

    This is a rich cake for a celebration. Serves 6 1 cup ground pistachios1 cup ground almonds¾ cup self-rising flour½ teaspoon baking soda¾ cup sugar½ teaspoon ground cardamom (or finely ground seeds from 6 pods)½ teaspoon ground cinnamonzest of 1 lemon2 tablespoons...

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