When rice is on the table, I might have a spoonful, but it’s not something I usually eat and therefore can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually cooked it. But ever since I’ve had a pack of brown rice from Amira Foods, I’ve been meaning to make this delicious, flavourful rice, a rich mix of sweet and spice, with aromas of star anise, cinnamon and whole cardamom pods, coloured and flavoured with saffron, the light sweetness of cranberries and small pieces of toasted crunchy walnuts. So I finally made it this weekend. I used coconut oil, added a spoon of ginger, garlic and chilli paste, and a fresh garnishing of coriander leaves before serving (or taking the pictures!) It might take a little time to make this dish, but it’s a meal in itself, with deliciously rich and exciting flavours. The cinnamon sticks, star anise and cardamom pods add to the depth of flavour and aroma as well as the array and warmth of colours, but they’re not absolutely necessary. It’s a truly impressive dish for a dinner party.