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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

When I’m in my kitchen cooking from my late great grandmother or grandmother’s old recipe books, I am not alone. I feel them in the kitchen with me, encouraging me, whispering stories and peering into the pot I stir.

I make my grandmother’s chicken curry for my children with the same ingredients and from the same recipe used for around 400 years. All of the beautiful family recipes on this feed have this in common: real ingredients, fresh seasonal produce, traditional techniques; they are made from scratch, and with much love.

No matter our culture or food tradition, love for the food of our childhood unites us. Food nourishes in so many ways, it speaks to our deepest emotions, makes us recall our memories with sharp clarity – the smell of apples and cinnamon, the taste of pie, the sight of our grandmother kneading dough with wrinkled hands.

These recipes celebrate the amazing power of food and the ritual of cooking and eating to comfort us, to evoke love, nostalgia, to bridge time and distance, to tell the story of our past and to keep it alive for our future.
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Shaheen Hughes

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Perth, Western Australia

Cooking beautiful, colourful, healthy Indian food for the people I love.

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This year we didn't ferment cabbages, but that's fine. I add a bit of vinegar & salt when I boil the…

Beef And Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls In Spicy Tomato Sauce

This year we didn't ferment cabbages, but that's fine. I add a bit of vinegar & salt when I boil the whole head of cabbage to bring that sour taste that I love. Many boil the cabbage to soften and ease a process of rolling, but if I don't have my (sauerkraut taste of the cabbage) for me it doesn't taste like cabbage rolls. The rolls are stuffed with organic grass fed ground beef and rice. And topped with tomato sauce and spices. Sometimes I'd add bacon, but this time I kept it more simple. This is the season to make them...
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Today I've been in recovery mode. It's been a quality weekend. I'm glad the most stressful thing I…

Grandma’s Stew Peas With Chicken

Today I've been in recovery mode. It's been a quality weekend. I'm glad the most stressful thing I had to deal with was deciding whether a pig pushed down a hill would constitute a sausage roll. Grandma's Caribbean stew chicken. Rice. Quinoa. Kale. Sprouts. Plantain. Other bits. Have a fantastic week, team. All the best.
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This dish is an inseparable part of me. A childhood memory! Grandma's yard, she on the angeethi…

Green Mung Bean And Spinach With Rice

This dish is an inseparable part of me. A childhood memory! Grandma's yard, she on the angeethi (stove made with clay, the food is slowly cooked on this as it uses coals as fuel). This "dal-palak" (green mung beans and spinach) was no ordinary lentil dish. She would toil for hours to get the perfect creaminess. The lentil and spinach were tempered with clarified butter, herbs and spices and simmered for hours and hours over the coals. She served this beautiful buttery delight with crisp rotis (indian bread) which were made in the Tandoor (clay oven). My grandma was a very passionate cook. I do not have a yard, earthen ovens, or the patience to spend hours over a dish. However grandma would still be proud of me I hope. Green mung beans simmered until cooked. Tempered in clarified butter with ginger, cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and green chillies. Once cooked add finely chopped spinach leaves( I leave the spinach to be added last to retain the vibrant green colour) and a touch of garam masala. Serve with your favourite bread or rice. I have combined mine with unpolished red rice! A beautifully balanced healthy dish! Do try!
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

What gorgeous memories
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I absolutely love the smell of gochugaru. It reminds me of "kimchi days" growing up. My grandmas…

Korean Gochugaru Brine

I absolutely love the smell of gochugaru. It reminds me of "kimchi days" growing up. My grandmas, mom, and aunts would be covered in red up to their elbows and the whole house would smell of spice and fresh cabbage. This is a brine for my perilla leaves--made of soy sauce, sugar, chili peppers, garlic, spring onions, sesame oil, and of course, gochugaru. They are pickling as I write and I cannot wait to dig into them tomorrow!
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Making my Grandma Swann proud with these Fried Green Tomatoes.  She was an amazing cook.  When I was…

Fried Green Tomatoes

Making my Grandma Swann proud with these Fried Green Tomatoes. She was an amazing cook. When I was in college, I would visit with my Grandparents often on the weekends. Grateful they were super close. Nothing quite like sitting back and letting a Grandma love on ya. She had her own special way of doing so from how she cleaned your clothes to the home cooked meals. They were uniquely hers and Grandma relished in every opportunity to share her love. College was an amazing time made even more special with these memories. I'm thankful for the time spent and the experiences gained. I'll always keep them close. Happy Beautiful Evening:) #tomatoes #makemoments
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'Tis the season! This is my favorite recipe for gingerbread cake straight from my grandma's…

Grandmas Gingerbread Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

'Tis the season! This is my favorite recipe for gingerbread cake straight from my grandma's archives. It's ridiculously moist and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting. And did I mention that you get two desserts in one? Those little gingerbread men are cookies that you can pull off and munch on as you slice the cake.
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

Grandma's archives are always a treasure trove
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Grandma Fran's famous Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze.

Grandma's Double Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Grandma Fran's famous Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze.
Grandma Fran's famous Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze.
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This is a mixed berry shortcake, the recipe for which I found amongst my Grandma's handwritten…

Heirloom Mixed Berry Jam Shortcake

This is a mixed berry shortcake, the recipe for which I found amongst my Grandma's handwritten recipes.
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My grandma made red chile and pork tamales every year for our family gatherings on Christmas Eve…

Grandma's Homemade Tamales

My grandma made red chile and pork tamales every year for our family gatherings on Christmas Eve. Everybody loved her tamales; she made them with so much love, it was her Christmas gift to her familia. She would always say, “You have to make them with a lot of filling, or you will be eating just masa.”
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Earl grey shortbread! This is a very slight tweak of my great great grandmothers recipe, with the…

Earl Grey Shortbread

Earl grey shortbread! This is a very slight tweak of my great great grandmothers recipe, with the recipe baked from my grandmas' book, which is one of my most treasured possessions. (I'm sure grandma would be mortified to know I was putting tea in her famous shortbread!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This recipe is part of the #calmandbrightcookienight party! Check out the hashtag for the other lovelies joining the cookie party hosted by @themodernproper
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A Note From Shaheen Hughes

This is a traditional 'short' shortbread and is relatively simple in terms of ingredients - butter, sugar, flour and corn starch. I have added earl grey here as a little twist but it is just as
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