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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