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What to do with leftover yoghurt

Just as the Turks, Balkans and Indians have long known, yoghurt is more than a breakfast staple. Drizzle it over Middle Eastern-style stuffed veg, serve a dollop with grilled meat, stir through cake batters, and blend it into Greek-style dips. No...
1. The five-minute side dish Just like Argentinians spoon heapfuls of chimichurri over their barbecued meats, those in the Middle East opt for a yoghurt salad. It's oft jazzed up with slices of subtle cucumber, pungent garlic and the best olive o...

19 ways to impress hungry (and hilarious) dads

It's the official day off for fathers 'round the country, so we've partnered the best (or worst?) Dad jokes with dishes he will love. Remember to serve him brekkie in bed, barbecued ribs or the ultimate Asian-American burger with a side of cheese.
1. Ham, egg and toast go to a bar and order drinks. Bartender: “Sorry, we don’t serve breakfast.” Spoil Dad with breakfast in bed that’s worth waking up for: Matthew Evans’ croque madame. This pan-fried toastie is layered with Gruyere, leg ham, D...

How to eat extravagantly on a pauper’s budget

Homemade haloumi, bistro-style soup and a succulent Roman stew; who said cost-conscious cooking meant skimping on the good stuff? We're thinking thrifty – simple sourdough, tastier-than-takeaway pizza and family-friendly fare – with 12 ways to...
1. Start with the basics Sick of trendy cafes charging $5 for a slither of soy and linseed? It's time to bake your own! This sourdough uses beer and vinegar for the starter; and mixes plain flour with rye or spelt. 2. Butter up your budget We ca...

15 ways to get your chilli fix

Love your food blisteringly hot? From burgers, dips, stir-fries and desserts, to blow-your-socks-off curries, our spicy repertoire of recipes will keep the home fires burning.
1. What's your beef? There's no hint of subtlty in this fork-tender beef rendang from revered curry queen Charmaine Solomon. There's tangy tamarind pulp at work, plus a stream of coconut cream to offset the fiery handful of chilli involved. The c...

Note to closet chickpea lovers: you are not alone

Whether rendered silky smooth in hummus, roasted til moreish and crunchy, or popped into stews for extra oomph, chickpeas are the great all-rounder. They're touted as a health food, and rightly so, which means you can feel good about your hunk of...
1. My chana romance Break up with your local take-out joint and lap up the superb curries of Indian cuisine at home. Case in point, this chana masala recipe is surprisingly easy (once you track down black salt), and its deliciousness a result of ...