Rice pilaf

More than just Chinese chicken or pork and cashews, try them in an Indian-style rice pilaf. Soften cumin, garlic, ginger and onions, add coriander, mint leaves, minced chillies, raisins, then stir in rice with enough liquid and cook until done. Top with cashew nuts for a great vegetarian lunch.

Cream cheat
A blended mix of equal parts raw cashew nuts and water makes a great cream substitute for soups and curries. Try it with lentil, chilli, coconut and lime soup or a "meaty" mushroom and vegetable bisque.

Sweet treat
Chopped cashews in a sugar or honey syrup layered in filo or wrapped in a sweet short pastry is a quick take on baklava.