CUI­SINE AD­VEN­TURES WITH HE­LEN READ AND ABBY LEONG

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BRIL­LIANT BREAK­FAST? HR: The Wolse­ley in Lon­don for its in­sti­tu­tional charm. AL: Bills in Syd­ney for the Eggs Bene­dict. LUS­CIOUS LUNCH? HR: Longjing Manor in Hang Zhou of­fers a daily set menu of about 20 scrump­tious dishes based on pro­duce from lo­cal farms. AL: The rolls at Luke’s Lob­ster in New York. TEA FOR TWO? HR: Botan­i­cal for its af­ter­noon tea set. AL: Bou­chon in Time Warner Cen­ter, NYC. PER­FECT DIN­NER? HR: Joel Ate­lier Robu­chon; I love sit­ting at the bar watch­ing the chefs cook while we eat. JUST DESSERT? HL & AL: At home in our kitchen! IF YOU COULD COOK FOR ANY­ONE IN THE WORLD,WHO WOULD IT BE? HR & AL: Ina Garten ( Bare­foot Contessa) and Gi­ada De Laurentiis. FIRST RECIPE EVER CRE­ATED? HR: Co­conut can­dies I made as Christ­mas pre­sents when I first went to Eng­land at 19. AL: Five-spiced chicken with soya sauce. A SCENT THAT AL­WAYS RE­MINDS YOU OF PEOPLE YOU LOVE? HR: Banana cup­cakes – my chil­dren have this on de­mand when­ever we have fam­ily din­nernight at home. AL: Pre­served bean­curd or nam yu, which my mother used in all my favourite dishes when I used to cook with her. PER­FECT GUESTS? HR: My dar­ling fam­ily. AL: Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch! AP­PE­TIS­ERS TO LUST AF­TER? HR: Sashimi. AL: Any­thing with foie. THE PLAYLIST? HR: Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion; mu­sic dis­tracts me. AL: Light, sooth­ing waves of mu­sic. VENUE YOU LOVE? HR: Home. AL: He­len’s home. ‘He­len & Abby: Home Favourites’ (RM109) is now avail­able at Ms. Read, Dude & The Duchess, Sun­days, and Ben’s In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer at Pub­lika So­laris Du­ta­mas.

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