The Best of the Best 2007

It’s been quite a year with food this year. The most diverse for me ever. I’ve learned so much, and eaten an extraordinary amount of food. So what have been the highlights of this least year of grub? Here are the top 10, in reverse order naturally. Feel free to offer your own comments to any dishes you may have tried this year.

10. Spaghetti with Cacciatore & Fennel
With the simple replacement of onion with fennel an easy pasta dish is transformed to something quite unique.

09. Chicken in Paprika and Sherry
Paprika is the flavour or the month. This Spanish dish is so delicious I have been known to scoff a pan of it down in one sitting.

08. Osso Bucco Milanese Style
I adore slow cooked casseroles, and this traditional Italian one is one of the best. Delicious.

07. Risotto with Asparagus
I couldn’t quite believe how amazing this one was when I first made it, but after a couple more go’s I think I can.

06. Malaysian Chicken Curry
Malaysian curries are universally my favourites. I love the fragrant but spicy flavours and this one is top dog of the Malay variety.

05. Prawn, Scallop & Chorizo Paella
The moans of approval that went with this offering went some way to describing how fantastic it is. A regular at our table.

04. Lamb Tagine with Preserved Lemons & Cumin
The discovery of the year, preserved lemons, lend this Moroccan dish it’s distinctive flavours. It’s a great dinner party dish.

03. Italian Sausages with Lentils
The surprise of the year, who knew that such a simple dish could have left such an impression? Good old Italy.

02. Lamb Madras Curry
One of the first curries I cooked and still one of the favourites. It’s deep, rich and intense flavour is always a winner at our table.

01. Burmese Chicken Curry
Even after a year full of flavour, nothing can quite live up to the saint-like status of this Burmese treasure. It’s so delicious, all I can say is try it at least once. There will never be another like it.

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