It doesn't get much more festive than this Wedding Lamb Biriyani, an aromatic dish of saffron scented rice studded with delicately spiced lamb, sweet raisins, caramelized onions, and creamy-salty cashews.
'The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends' on Serious Eats
Slow braising cabbage with apples is hardly a revolutionary concept, but adding spoonfuls of spicy grainy mustard to the mix transforms this side into something that's about as close to thrilling as you can get when talking about cabbage.
While tomatoes and peaches aren't worth bothering with during the cooler months, cucumbers and melons fare much better. This Cucumber & Melon Salad with Mint from Lynne Rossetto Kasper's and Sally Swift's The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends is a sweet way to ease into fall without going cold turkey on the summery produce.
This Slow-Roasted Pork with Glazed Orange Slices is ideal for those weekends when errands need running but a warmly fall flavored meal is still in the cards. The preparation begins three days prior to cooking with a sweet spice rub of cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and coriander massaged into the pork with red wine, garlic, and orange juice. Resting in the fridge for 72 hours allows the sweet spices to work their way into this hulking shoulder.
Cooking my way through How to Cook Weekends, it's becoming more and more clear that Lynne and her producer Sally Swift not only put out a great radio show but excel in recipe writing. The steps for making these sticky-salty-sweet-and-sour wings are laid out in a manner that's both comprehensive and informative, the sort of recipe that leaves cooks with no lingering questions and a plate of truly spectacular wings.
This Pineapple, Greens, & Tofu with Roasted Chile-Coconut Dressing is inspired by Su-Mei Yu's fascinating The Elements of Life, a Thai cookbook that incorporates the tradition of eating for one's home element—earth, water, wind, or fire. It's a gloriously fresh salad that incorporates the hot, sour, salty, and sweet that make Thai flavors so satisfying.