Crisp-fried pork belly with sticky tomato shrimp paste sauce (binagoongang baboy) | Filipinos’ devotion to their mother’s or cook’s food is notorious. It is always the best and, often, the only version worth eating. My cousin Bunny lives in Manila, about 200 kilometres from the family home. On trips to the capital, my tito and tita bring care packages of Bunny’s all-time favourite, binagoongan, which she stashes in the freezer to portion out until their next visit. I hear this kind of story…
Palestinian sumac chicken with sautéed onions (msakhan)
Palestinian sumac chicken with sautéed onions (msakhan) | “Bread is so important in the cooking of the Middle East and there are breads that are particular for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bakers in Amman come from the many countries that surround Jordan, and many are refugees, but bread is a reminder of who you are and where you are from. This recipe is based on a bread called taboun from Palestine: chicken spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and sumac is placed on lightly caramelised onions…
Merrywell mini wagyu burgers
Merrywell mini wagyu burgers | The secret to The Merrywell’s award-winning burger is our special sauce and house ketchup. We can’t share the secret recipe but we can pass on a few tips. Grilling over an open flame adds smoky flavour. Keep toppings simple, too – all you need is cheese, pickles (homemade if possible) and caramelised onion. I like to serve 3 mini sliders (burgers) per serve. If you don’t have a wood-fire, simply grill the burgers on a barbecue. Level of difficulty: easy
Kushari | Kushari is a delicious Egyptian vegetarian recipe consisting of green lentils, macaroni and rice mixed together with caramelised onions. It is served with a tomato-based sauce, finished with a crispy onion garnish and is best accompanied by a garden salad.
Spiced prawns with taratour and caramelised onion
Spiced prawns with taratour and caramelised onion | This recipe is based on the classic samke harra, or spicy fish. Norma has used prawns instead of fish and has caramelised the onions, which lends a modern touch without losing the fantastic authentic flavours.
Prawn and pork pancake with caramelised onions and crispy noodles (okonomiyaki)
Prawn and pork pancake with caramelised onions and crispy noodles (okonomiyaki) | Arguably one of the best snacks to accompany a cold beer, okonomiyaki is a time-honoured favourite in Japan. This recipe combines prawn and pork, crispy noodles, caramelised onions and Japanese barbecue sauce – need I say more?
Wholewheat fettuccine with kale, caramelised onions and marinated goat’s cheese
Wholewheat fettuccine with kale, caramelised onions and marinated goat’s cheese | There is a goat and sheep dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, called Meredith Dairy that makes the most amazing marinated cheese. It’s like a soft goat’s cheese but richer from the sheep’s milk, and it can transform pasta like no other cheese. In this recipe, I use my own Marinated Goat’s Cheese, inspired by Meredith Dairy, with great results. If you have neither of these cheeses, it also works well with a good…
Pita pizza with prawns and caramelised onions (plakous)
Pita pizza with prawns and caramelised onions (plakous) | Melted cheese, fresh herbs, paprika, prawns and yoghurt ... what more could you ask for from a Greek pizza recipe? Prepare the caramelised onions ahead of time to make this a speedy after-work dinner or snack.
Perl Las and onion bread
Perl Las and onion bread | “This stunning bread recipe features caramelised onions and Perl Las, which is a creamy, mild and salty Welsh blue cheese. Be sure to serve this dish hot, so that when you slice the cheese oozes out nicely.” Luke Nguyen, Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom