We love these delicious chicken satay skewers from Norman Musa's Amazing Malaysian – they're the perfect appetiser when served with peanut sauce, cucumber wedges, red onion slices and cubes of pressed rice. The marinade is wonderfully easy to make and gives the chicken a smoky caramelized flavour with a hint of lemongrass, cumin and turmeric. An ideal party dish and a fantastic weekend treat.
Shepherd's Salad: 3 Roma tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 bunch parsley (leaves picked, not chopped), 1/2 cup pitted and halved black olives 1/2 small red onion, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 4 tbsp olive oil, Salt and pepper, 8 ounces Greek feta cheese, diced. Toss together all ingredients except feta cheese in a large bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Toss in the feta cheese just before serving and taste for seasoning and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
CRISPY DUCK. I've always thought one of the best ways to eat duck was as the Chinese do, but I had never thought it would be so easy to cook. I say "cook". I do nothing except cut some fat off the duck and sit it on a rack on a roasting tin and put it in the oven for hours on end. Then, I take it out, set to with some forks and put some shop-bought Chinese pancakes on to steam.
Pomegranate molasses is our secret ingredient in the dressing for this 'very green quinoa' recipe from Sainsbury's magazine. Looks gorgeous and tastes even better! http://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/recipes/sides/rice-and-grains/item/very-green-quinoa