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The Persepolis Top Ten Things to do with a Tub of Tamarind Concentrate

Another in our series of helpful store-cupboard guides on what to do with obscure stuff that you buy on a whim or for just one ‘must-do’ Sunday supplement recipe. You know – the stuff that then loiters, accusingly, at the back of your pantry, whilst you wonder what on earth to do with the rest…

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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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Mother-in-Law’s Amazing Kufteh Soup: A Recipe for Ramadan

Firstly: for those of you are fasting – Ramadan Mobarak! Yesterday was the first of Ramadan for most Muslims. Whilst it is the month of fasting, it is also a month focused very much on food, and many of the recipes in Snackistan are based on the idea of iftar, or breaking fast. The following…

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