From the same botanical family known as laver in Wales, slouk in Scotland and sloke in Ireland, nori is a type of Japanese seaweed, sold dried in thin, dark-green sheets. The flavour is distinctive and savoury. Nori is usually combined with rice in Japanese cooking, but it is also good with vegetables, particularly potatoes.
Serve this cooling yoghurt relish with a spicy Indian meal.
Shrikhand is a creamy strained yoghurt dessert from western India served here with dates, lychees, papaya and pomegranate.
Crisp, stir-fried sugarsnap peas make a fresh contrast with soft noodles and rich, roasted duck served with a quick-and-easy sauce of honey, soy sauce and lime juice. Delicious!
This simple rice is the perfect side dish for an Indian curry. The coconut cream adds a delicious richness to plain old rice.
Add cardamom, rosewater, nuts and sulatanas to canned rice pudding for a more updated, international version of a classic dessert.
A Japanese dish of pork cooked in black tea. The tea tenderises the meat and gives a roast pork effect. This recipe should be made in advance and will keep well in the fridge for up to 10 days. It's easy to be suspicious of poaching in tea, but this recipe really works, and is lower in fat than roasting.
It has distinct taste and a good combination of broccoli and pumpkin which is a hit with kids because it's both sweet and spicy. Serve hot with chapatis.
This is the recipe for Korean-style (brown) seaweed soup. It's a traditional birth dish in Korea and every women who gives birth eats this soup because they believe that seaweed soup helps their milk production. Look for dried seaweed in Asian supermarkets or buy online.
Saffron is expensive, but it adds a wonderful luxurious flavour to rice. Serve with Indian and Persian dishes.