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Rose Prince: escape wintry February with warming global flavours

Drawing on flavours from around the world, Rose Prince makes the seasonal ingredients of even the coldest months sing
Drawing on flavours from around the world, Rose Prince makes the seasonal ingredients of even the coldest months sing Credit: Yuki Sugiura

There is a masochistic joy to be found when watching holiday adverts. From the depths of the sofa, with the wood burner alight, we see a television project white sands and shimmering blue oceans into the room. I'm covered in an extra blanket while, on the screen, a perfectly tanned and nearly naked couple skip into the surf. 

We might have several more weeks of short, cold days ahead of us, but I can make my own gateway - in the kitchen. In February, a seasonal cook has the perfect excuse to bring global comfort into cooking. 

Seasonal vegetables may be quite scarce, and the game-bird season over, but I have a store cupboard full of seasonings and sauces that will lift whatever home-grown produce I can find into the realms of those appetising adverts.

For a starter or a light meal, Malaysia meets our local greengrocer's in golden, spiced peanut sauce, oozing over warm purple sprouting broccoli,...

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