Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland by Caroline Eden

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    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Spring; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: basmati rice; vegetable stock; saffron threads; onions; ground cumin; dried unsulphured apricots; lamb legs; watercress; cooked chestnuts
    • Accompaniments: Laza hot sauce
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    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Spring; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: vodka; sea buckthorn juice
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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Frostings & fillings; Dessert; Spring; Winter; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: plain flour; caster sugar; eggs; canned peaches; icing sugar; sour cream; butter
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    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Spring; Georgian; Kazakh; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: plain flour; eggs; chestnut mushrooms; mushroom stock
    • Accompaniments: Laza hot sauce
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Soups; Lunch; Spring; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: chicken stock; canned chickpeas; lavash bread; dill fronds; minced lamb; eggs; breadcrumbs; sweet paprika; ground cumin; flat-leaf parsley
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Spring; Kazakh; Korean
    • Ingredients: Chinese cabbage; sea salt flakes; carrots; red bell peppers; spring onions; fresh ginger; gochugaru; rice vinegar; tamari; fish sauce
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    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; Entertaining & parties; Spring; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: white bread; cardamom pods; dried fruits of your choice; ground cinnamon; milk; double cream; eggs; nutmeg
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; Easter; Spring; Russian; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: strong white bread flour; caster sugar; fast-acting yeast; eggs; almond extract; saffron threads; raisins; dried unsulphured apricots; lemons; icing sugar; hundreds and thousands; mixed spice (UK)
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    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Spring; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: vodka; pomegranate juice; limes; strawberries
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    • Categories: Jams, jellies & preserves; Spring; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: carrots; lemons; oranges; granulated sugar; runny honey; cinnamon sticks
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    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Spring; Uzbek; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: plain flour; carrots; red peppers; spring onions; dill fronds; sea salt flakes; chilli powder; sunflower oil; sour cream; pumpkins
    • Accompaniments: Laza hot sauce
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    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Spring; Uzbek; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: onions; baby turnips; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper; dried mung beans; basmati rice; garlic; parsley; flaked sea salt; lemons
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    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Main course; Side dish; Spring; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: plain flour; eggs; sunflower oil; minced beef; onions; ground cayenne pepper; ground cumin; caraway seeds; sea salt flakes; sour cream
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Fall / autumn; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: lamb leg steaks; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper; onions; quinces; potatoes; carrots; red peppers; beef stock; tomatoes; Savoy cabbage; dill fronds
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    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Spring; Uzbek; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: black radishes; pistachio nuts; sea salt flakes; caster sugar; black peppercorns; star anise; dill seeds; fresh bay leaves; yellow mustard seeds; red onions; raw apple cider vinegar with honey
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    • Categories: Jams, jellies & preserves; Spring; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: quinces; granulated sugar
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Spring; Kazakh; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: soy sauce; ground Sichuan pepper; star anise; whole cloves; black peppercorns; vegetable oil; firm tofu; green bell peppers; tomato purée; basmati rice; green chillies; Chinkiang black rice vinegar; chilli flakes
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    • Categories: Soups; Spring; East European; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: beef stock; beetroots; floury potatoes; carrots; onions; cabbage; fresh bay leaves; ground cayenne pepper; apple cider vinegar; frozen sour cherries; sour cream; dill fronds
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    • Categories: Cocktails / drinks (with alcohol); Spring; Kazakh
    • Ingredients: apples; dried pears; vodka; vanilla extract
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    • Categories: Candy / sweets; Afternoon tea; Fall / autumn; Uzbek
    • Ingredients: pistachio nuts; dates; plain flour; butter; honey; white chocolate
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  • Sultan Kurgan tofu

    • TrishaCP on February 28, 2022

      This was an easy and tasty dinner. Next time I would reduce (probably by half) the amount of Szechuan pepper, which was just too prominent to me, but that is personal preference.

    • jenburkholder on January 07, 2022

      Really great and very easy. We let the sauce reduce for a minute before adding in tofu/peppers and that was a good choice, it tightened up nicely. The green bell pepper could be subbed for a lot of things (green beans spring to mind) or just omitted. Aromatic, lightly sweet, and pantry-friendly. Will repeat.

  • Sour cherry borscht

    • meginyeg on January 05, 2022

      This was delicious. I used garlic broth leftover from a Kachka dish instead of beef broth. I love the dried cherries.

    • mjes on May 22, 2021

      Okay, I was watching Great British Menu and noting all the beets ... which led me to thinking of Eastern European borscht ... which led me to my cookbook with a variety of Russian borscht ... which made me think that I'd seen an interesting Central Asian borscht recipe somewhere. Thank you EYB - I found it! I used dried sour cherries and ignored the gherkins to serve but, oh my, this is an excellent borscht. Grating the beets and carrots kept an interesting texture. I'd love to know that it taste like the next day but am not sure how much one would have to make for there to be any left after dinner, evening snack, midnight snack ... did I say I loved it!

    • jungliemonkey on November 24, 2020

      I was a bit short on sour cherries, so made up the difference with golden berries, which were probably a bit much... However, "user error" aside, this borscht was absolutely fantastic! Deep, rich, and tasty.

  • Steamed pumpkin khunon

    • jungliemonkey on November 29, 2020

      The amount of dough here actually rolls out to more like 5x30cm for each. With the amount of filling I had, that made 12 good-sized dumplings, with dough left over. Delicious, particularly with a small amount of sour cream and the accompanying hot sauce recipe!

  • Canned peach and sour cream cake

    • jungliemonkey on November 24, 2020

      I should have added my sour cream bit by bit to the icing to get the consistency right, as mine turned out far too liquid! However, the cake itself was a triumph. Light, moist, and delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

  • Cheat's laghman

    • stepharama1 on January 14, 2022

      Truly excellent -- however, I used the broth from Nigella's "Wide Noodles with Lamb Shank in Aromatic Broth on page 57 of "Cook, Eat. Repeat" because using beef stock didn't seem that it would produce the flavor expected. In my experience, Laghman is based on an aromatic lamb broth. Since the title of the recipe is "Cheat's Laghman," I can't quibble.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Through the author’s thoughtful narrative I am taken on a trip through Central Asia and gifted with beautiful photography and dishes that make me feel as I am along with her on this journey.

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  • ISBN 10 1787134822
  • ISBN 13 9781787134829
  • Published Nov 17 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Quadrille Publishing

Publishers Text

The follow-up to the award-winning Black Sea, Caroline Eden's Red Sands is a journey through the places, peoples and food of the 'Stan' countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. These areas of Central Asia are little known ("the last sizable 'blank on the map'") but hugely significant in terms of world history, conflict and culture. Caroline explores this little-explored region through a series of essays and recipes, with descriptions and photographs that transport the reader to another world through the lens of food.

With unprecedented access to communities and locations as yet undiscovered by westerners, Caroline uncovers unique stories about forgotten people and places.


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