Baked puff pastry is crumbled and mixed together with walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins and desiccated coconut, before being drenched in sweetened milk and whipped cream. The final dessert is grilled until golden brown.
For this Egyptian rice pudding with coconut, the rice is pre-boiled in water and then simmered in milk. You can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean paste, in a pinch.
This is a dessert, breakfast or a sweet course from South Africa. The pumpkin fritters are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with lemon wedges.
This is a traditional Ethiopia flatbread cooked in a frying pan. It is usually made with teff flour, a very finely milled flour made from the seeds of teff grass. Millet flour from a health food shop will work fine, however. It's a delicious bread for serving with stews or tagines.
These dainty pastry parcels are traditionally made with a special pastry called malsouka and deep-fried, but baked filo pastry gives very good results and is much lower in fat. With a tomato and cucumber salad, and some fruit chutney alongside, they make a really delicious lunch.
Pearl barley, with its nutty flavour and firm texture, makes an interesting change from rice in grain-based salads, and it blends beautifully with this mixture of vegetables, sweet dried apricots and pumpkin seeds. Serve this as a satisfying lunch dish, adding some crumbled cheese such as feta for additional protein.