Peter Gordon: Get saucy with pizza
I'd like to make my own tomato sauce for pizza bases to use up my tomato crop - can you give me a few ideas of what to add to make it super-tasty? - Nadia
Tamarind paste, dried chilli flakes, smoked paprika, Thai fish sauce and soy sauce all add immense flavour.
I've been asked to take a Greek salad to a dinner party, but my version seems a bit plain. How would you suggest I give it a bit of oomph? - Michael
My version is diced ewe's milk feta, black olives, fleshy tomatoes, grated lemon zest, lots of parsley and mint, and a little dried wild oregano. Adding grilled red capsicum and capers is good, as is a tangy red wine vinegar with your extra virgin olive oil dressing.
You mentioned that figs are great in chicken stews. Could you please provide a recipe or tell me where I could find one? - Greg
Lightly caramelise onions, garlic, baby carrots and chicken pieces. Add thyme, a cinnamon quill, light stock and bring to a simmer. Add a handful of quartered figs (fresh or dried) and slowly cook, covered, for an hour or so. Season well.