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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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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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