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Eric Akis: Meatballs star in this Middle Eastern dish

Eric Akis: Meatballs star in this Middle Eastern dish

Seasoned meatballs served with a beguiling pomegranate juice-based sauce can do double duty — serve them as an appetizer or as a main course with side dishes.
Eric Akis: Sausage supper a hearty one-pan wonder

Eric Akis: Sausage supper a hearty one-pan wonder

Here’s a comforting supper of tomatoey sausages, beans and kale all cooked in a skillet on the stovetop.
Eric Akis: Hand-peeled shrimp tasty alternative in seafood cakes

Eric Akis: Hand-peeled shrimp tasty alternative in seafood cakes

Tender shrimp cakes are fried until golden and served with a zesty, easy to make aioli
Eric Akis: Armenian orange cake a sweet treat for dinner parties

Eric Akis: Armenian orange cake a sweet treat for dinner parties

A dense, orange-flavoured cake with a crisp base. Serve it with orange-flavoured whipped cream and garnishes.
Smoky and spicy, this Mexican pantry soup takes under 30 minutes

Smoky and spicy, this Mexican pantry soup takes under 30 minutes

In the old-fashioned “fondas” scattered around Mexico, diners usually find only a handful of tables and simple, comforting dishes. A three-course lunch at many of these unpretentious mom-and-pop eateries can cost as little as a few dollars.
Eric Akis: Paprika gives chicken rich flavour and colour

Eric Akis: Paprika gives chicken rich flavour and colour

Sour cream makes for a tangy gravy for this roast chicken, which is flavoured with two types of paprika.
Eric Akis: Curry-spiced samosas are baked, not fried

Eric Akis: Curry-spiced samosas are baked, not fried

Serve these curry-spiced, vegetable-filled samosas as part of an Indian-style meal, or as a snack/appetizer, perhaps during the upcoming holiday season. T
Eric Akis: Mashed cauliflower subs for potato in this salmon dish

Eric Akis: Mashed cauliflower subs for potato in this salmon dish

Baked salmon is topped with a tangy and aromatic sauce of lemon juice, honey and ginger and served with mashed cauliflower.
Eric Akis: Curried Prawn Bisque a great main for lunch or a show-stopper starter for dinner

Eric Akis: Curried Prawn Bisque a great main for lunch or a show-stopper starter for dinner

Soup base and prawns can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to finish off and serve it
Eric Akis: Butternut squash adds nutritious touch to muffins

Eric Akis: Butternut squash adds nutritious touch to muffins

These dense, nicely spiced muffins are strewn with shreds of squash, dried cranberries and walnuts