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Mother-in-Law’s Quick Aubergine Pickle (Torshi Bademjun)

Iranians will pickle anything. No really. Many’s the time we have gone out with the mother-in-law (to the butcher, the baker or whatever) only to come back with a bag of randomly foraged things, which before you can say ‘haji-maji-ya-faraji’ (that’s abracadabra in Farsi) she has immersed in vinegar or boiled into jam. Usually she…

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17ish Reasons Why You Should Totally Rush in and Buy a Huge Watermelon

OK – so the devious cornershopkeeper gave you a complimentary glass of watermelon smoothie in a conniving attempt to persuade you to buy a super large Cypriot melon. And because you’re a mug, it worked. And you did. But now you’ve got the thing home it suddenly looks really big. And it won’t go in…

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Khoresht-e-Gheimeh Sibzamini: Chip Stew

The recipe for this very popular, classic Iranian dish has somehow escaped all of our newsletters and books. Until now. We had it for dinner last night at Persepolis Towers – jah-ye-shoma khali boud* It was so nice that we ate it all before we thought that we should perhaps take a photo and write…

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Product of the Month: Pashmak, aka Fairy Floss, aka Candy Floss

Mrs. Shopkeeper is from Southend, right. You know: long pier, cockles, Kiss me Quick hats and, well, candy floss. Unnaturally coloured sticky stuff that dissolves when you touch it, blows away in the sea breeze and seriously messes with you hair if you are daft enough to get yourself entangled therein. So when Mr. Shopkeeper…

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