Looking for easy, homemade cookbooks that have the best comfort food recipes? These women have got your back.
Long time friends Lita Patricio, Rose Buenvenida, Jomarcy Bebida, Jetky Marie Amores and Carina Rebuya are the women who wrote and curated Family Favourites. These women are all domestic helpers in Singapore, coming together to create a cookbook dedicated to their shared love of comfort food.
“We created over 50 everyday recipes for simple meals: new ideas and inspiration for those who are already skillful in the kitchen as well as easy recipes for beginners,” explains co-author Jetky.
Lamb Tagine is one of their hearty, comfort food recipes as part of the Family Favourites Cookbook. This mouth-watering Moroccan stew is sure to impress your family or guests for dinner.
2 tbs olive oil
1 kg boneless lamb, cut into bite-size pieces
2 onions, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp saffron
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 Ras-el-hanout spice mix
100 gr white sugar
100 gr butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
500 gr dry plums
50 gr roasted white sesame seeds
100 gr toasted almonds
Salt to taste
- Heat olive oil in pan on medium heat. Fry lamb pieces for 5 minutes. Add chopped onions, stir fry until onion is translucent.
- Add cinnamon sticks, saffron, black pepper and Ras-el-hanout spice mix. Add water and bring to boil until meat is soft, about 10-15 minutes.
- Put white sugar, butter, a glass of water, ground cinnamon and dry plums in a saucepan, and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes on low heat.
- Add caramelised plum mixture to the meat. Cook until gravy is thick while stirring occasionally; season. Serve with roasted white sesame seeds and toasted almonds on top.
About Family Favourites and HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics)
Family Favourites is a cookbook came from the passion of five women bringing your easy and delicious comfort food. It’s also their way to make a difference in Singapore through HOME. On their days off, the women volunteer at the HOME Academy, where thousands of domestic workers attend training to become qualified chefs and bakers along with other professions. Part of the net proceeds from book sales will be donated to the HOME Academy.
Originally by Mizah Salik, April 2019 / Last updated by Isabel Wibowo
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