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ANDY'S FAIRFIELD GRANOLA

This happens to be only the best granola you'll ever taste in your life - I am enormously grateful to Andy Rolleri for supplying the… Read on

APPLE AND ALMOND CAKE

It's astonishing how buttery this cake tastes, given that there is not a gram of butter in it. The flour is replaced with ground almonds… Read on

Apple Charlotte

Apple Cheesecake With Butterscotch Sauce

Apple Latkes

Arabian Mornings

Aromatic Lamb Meatballs

Aubergine, Mint And Yogurt Dip

Baby Burgers

BACI DI RICOTTA

I don't deny that having to stand stoveside frying 30 teaspoons of ricotta at the end of dinner is a slight drawback, but these are… Read on

Back-From-The-Bar Snack

Bacon And Tomato Hash

Baghdad Baklava

Baked Alaska

Bakewell Slice

Banana Breakfast Ring

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes

Bang Bang Turkey

Basil And Goat's Cheese Dip

Beetroot Puree

Bellini

Best Burgers

Big Pasta With Mushroom, Parsley, Garlic And Thyme

BIRTHDAY CUSTARD SPONGE

I always used to make an elaborate cake for my children's birthdays but they've since got much more demanding - the car from Grease,… Read on

Bitter Chicory Salad

Blakean Fish Pie

Blonde Mocha Sauce

Blood And Guts Potatoes

BLOOD CLOTS

It's childish, but I think I am inordinately proud of this formulation (I can't call it a recipe): it's simple, therefore totally… Read on

Bohemian Roast Goose

Bread And Milk

Bread Sauce

Bread-Sauce-Flavoured Potato Gratin

Breakfast Biscotti

Breakfast Biscuits

Broad Bean Bruschetta

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CHESTNUTS, PANCETTA AND PARSLEY

The sprout recipe below is really only a slight detour from the traditional route. By all means, stick to the orthodox if you prefer… Read on

Buche De Noel

Capery Salad To Turn Ritzy Chicken Nuggets Into A Grown-Up Meal

Carrot And Coconut Halwa

Cauliflower Cheese

Champagne Risotto For Two

Cheesecakelets

CHEESY FEET

I have mentioned my cookie-cutter collection elsewhere, and knowing of children's predilection for the grosser things in life, how… Read on

Chestnut Cheesecake

Chestnut Stuffing

Chewy Macaroons

Chicken Pot Pies

Chickenoodle Soup

Chilli-Cinnamon Chocolate Pudding

Chocohotopots

Chocolate Caramel Crispy Cakes

CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

In the past, I've been apologetic about adulterating your basic cheescake, but I've moved on. This is exceptional: exactly the right… Read on

Chocolate Cherry Trifle

Chocolate Chestnut Cake

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Chocolate Espresso Cake With Caffe Latte Cream

CHOCOLATE FRUIT CAKE

This is the perfect cut-and-come again cake for any time of the year. It lasts for ages, but has the squidgy fabulousness of something… Read on

Chocolate Gingerbread

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE

This cake is magnificent in its damp blackness. I can't say that you can absolutely taste the stout in it, but there is certainly… Read on

Chocolate Malteser Cake

CHOCOLATE MERINGUE TRUFFLE CAKE

This is a dinner-party stalwart from a couple of decades back, and I like it no less than I did when I first tasted it, made by my… Read on

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Heart

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Christmas Bubble And Squeak

Christmas Tree Decorations

CORNBREAD TOPPED CHILLI CON CARNE

There are few more welcome sights than a big vat of chilli.  The cornbread topping is a glorious golden touch, that everyone… Read on

Cornbread, Cranberry And Orange Stuffing

Crab Cocktail

Cranberry And White Chocolate Cookies

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

Cranberry Jam

Cranberry, Orange And Almond Pudding

Creamed Chicken

Creamed Spinach

CREPES

You do not have to be a devout Christian to observe Pancake Day. I couldn't let the date pass without making a batch of these: it… Read on

Crepes-Cannelloni

Crispy Onion Rings

Croque-En-Bouche

Crunchy Pork Chops With Garlicky Spinach And Tomato Salad

Cucumber And Pomegranate Salad

Custard

Custard Cream Hearts

Cut-Out Cookies

Daisy Saatchi's Stuffed Potato Patties

Double Haddock Fishcakes

EASTER EGG NEST CAKE

This has been my Easter stalwart for the past few years and I don't see that changing - ever.  Make this just once, and you will… Read on

Easter Egg Nest Cake

Easy Holiday Trifle

EASY-ACTION CHRISTMAS CAKE

I just throw everything into a pan, let the heat from the stove send buttery rum and citrus juices permeating into the currants, sultanas… Read on

Ed Victor's Turkey Hash

Egg And Chips

Finger-Lickin' Ribs

Fondue Balls

French-Canadian Toast

Fruit Tea Loaf

Fully Festive Ham

Galette Des Rois

Gefilte Fish

Georgian Stuffed Chicken

GHOUL-GRAVEYARD CAKE

OK, so this is my Meisterwerk. You can see how glorious it looks and you need to know now how easy it is to make. You just buy some… Read on

Gingerbread Muffins

Gold Dust

Golden Cake

Golden Cardamom Chicken With Crispy-Onion Spiced Rice

Golden Chickpeas

Goose Stuffed With Mashed Potato

Grandma's Bean And Barley Soup

Granola Muffins

GREEN BEAN AND LEMON CASSEROLE

Strictly speaking, I don't think of this as a casserole, but I know that this is the traditional nomenclature; and, besides, I do… Read on

Green Beans In Herbed Yogurt

Green Fatoush

Griddled Courgettes

Grilled Halloumi With Oozing Egg And Mint

Ham In Cherry Coke

Hamine Eggs

Haroset From The Venetian Ghetto

Heaven And Earth Mash With Peas

Heavenly Potatoes

Herbed Bulgar Wheat And Nut Salad

Honey Cake

HONEY CHOCOLATE CAKE

I was once in Dean & DeLuca in New York and saw a little chocolate cake decorated with sugar bees. Having gone through a Biedermeier… Read on

Honeyed Figs

Horseradish Sauce

Hot Bocconcini - Otherwise Known As Goldenballs

Hot Cross Bunny

HOT CROSS BUNS

I make my hot cross buns slightly smaller than is traditional. Don't know why, just like them that way, but you form them the size… Read on

I Ricchi E I Poveri - Prawn And Bean Salad

ICE CREAM WITH CRANBERRY SYRUP

Cool, satiny ice cream with a cranberry syrup so jewel-bright and shiny it could be made of molten lip gloss. My great aunt used to… Read on

Individual Apple Pies

Insalata Di Tacchino

Involtini

Italianified Guacamole

Jewelled Cupcakes

KEDGEREE RISOTTO

This is a strange hybrid of a recipe: kedgeree cooked as if it were a risotto, that is to say Anglo-Indian influence, Italian method.… Read on

Keema

Lamb Maharaja

Lamb Shanks With Figs And Honey

Latkes

Lazy Mash

LEMON MERINGUE CAKE

In all honesty, the origin of this cake is simply that I cannot make a go of a lemon meringue pie. I've tried, and I've tried, and… Read on

Lemon Roast Chicken With Lazy Mash

Lemon, Mint And Spinach Salad

Lentil Soup

LENTILS BRAISED IN RED WINE

I've used Beluga lentils here, partly because I love the name, but mostly because I am very keen on these tiny, black spheres which,… Read on

LOKSHEN PUDDING

Some people might not be convinced by the idea of a pasta pudding: but just remember how fabulously comforting rice pudding is and… Read on

LOVE BUNS

In another time I'd have been satisfied with calling these Valentine's Day Cupcakes but, as the saying goes, if you're going to get… Read on

Maple Pecan Muffins

Marble Cake

Massacre In A Snowstorm

Meatballs And Couscous

Meatloaf

Melon With Hot Pepper Relish

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Crab Cakes

MINI JAM DOUGHNUTS

These are a doll’s house-sized version of the soufganiot, which have come, strangely, via the Austro-Hungarian servant-class… Read on

Muesli

MUGHLAI CHICKEN

I feel very strongly that you should use the moister brown meat, from the thigh, for this, but if you prefer breast meat, and it's… Read on

Mushroom Stroganoff With Basmati Rice

Mushrooms On Toast

Muttar Paneer

My Grandmother's Apple Horseradish Sauce

Nana's Hachapuri

Nonconformist Christmas Pudding

North American Salad

NURSERY FISH PIE

There are certain days when only something soothing and comforting and topped with mash potato will do; on such days, this pie could… Read on

OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE

If you're going to get started, this is the cake you should begin with. Not just because it's simple - though it is - but because… Read on

ONE PAN SAGE AND ONION CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE

I took it into my head one day that I wanted to marinate and cook some chicken with the flavours of a traditional sage-and-onion stuffing.… Read on

ORANGE SCENTED BRIOCHE PUDDING

This is really an old-fashioned bread and butter pudding with a fragrant flourish. You can get ready-sliced long brioche loaves, which… Read on

Pancetta-Wrapped Sausages

Parma Ham Bundles

Passionfruit Curd

PASTA SALAD PRIMAVERA

This recipe does involve a lot of fiddly preparation, but what it creates is addictive; every mouthful repays the effort a hundredfold.… Read on

PASTA WITH ANCHOVY SAUCE

I have a feeling that this is another recipe with a del Conte derivation, although I have cooked it so often over the years, I can't… Read on

PASTA WITH HAM, PEAS AND CREAM

When my children were younger, this was always one of their favourite teas and is now one of their favourite suppers. It serves 2… Read on

PEACH MELBA

This is it - summer on a plate. Most days I take the view that cooking fruit rather loses the point of its delectable freshness, but… Read on

Peanut Butter And Snickers Fudge Sauce For Ice Cream

PENNE ALLA VODKA

As with all dishes that find their way into a country's repertoire, even oddball ones like this, there are many versions of this recipe:… Read on

Petits Pois A La Francaise

Pheasant With Green Chillies

Pilaff For A Curry Banquet

PINK PICANTE PRAWNS

You can find raw prawns ready shelled in the freezer compartment at the supermarket these days, so even though this is an extravagance… Read on

Polenta Bianca - White Polenta

Pomegranate Jewel Cake

Pork Noodle Balls

Potato And Onion Hash

Potato Pancakes With Caviar Or Smoked Salmon

Potato Wedges

Prawn Cocktail

Pumpkin And Apple Crumble

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

The pumpkin component here may come out of a can, but I don’t see that’s anything to be apologetic about. By all means,… Read on

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

PUS

After the success of the blood clots, I felt confidently inspired to expand the theme by making up lime jelly with milk to create… Read on

QUADRUPLE CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE

This cake is not named for the bypass you might feel you'd need after eating it, but in honour of the four choc-factors that comprise… Read on

Quivering With Passion Jellies

Raspberry And Oatmeal Swirls

Red Cabbage

Red Kidney Bean Dip

RED SEASONAL SALAD

For someone who’s never been to Vietnam, I am piling up quite a few recipes which are Vietnamese in inspiration if not origin.… Read on

Red Soup

Red-Roast Quinces With Pomegranate Seeds

Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb Vanilla Mincemeat

Rice And Meatballs

Ricotta And Pinenut Salad

Ricotta And Spinach Baci

Rigatoni Al Forno

RITZY CHICKEN NUGGETS

These are not even remotely fancy: the "Ritzy" of the title refers to the crackers of the same famous name. I make crumbs out of them,… Read on

Roast Chicken Salad

Roast Lamb for One

Roast Loin Of Pork With Caraway, Lemon And Garlic

Roast Veal With Rosemary And Garlic

ROCOCOA CAKE

Forgive the whimsy of its naming, but every time I've tried to rename this cake, I veer back to this. I used to refer to it as Venetian… Read on

Rolled Loin Of Pork "Cinghiale"

ROSEMARY REMEMBRANCE CAKE

I have given a recipe for a rosemary-scented cake before - though this is rather different - but felt it deserved its place here,… Read on

Rudolph Pie

Rugelach

Rum Butter

Saffron Roast Lamb With Sticky Garlic Potatoes

SAKE STEAK AND RICE

Like all old favourites, this changes pretty well every time I cook it. Sometimes I use the sake, both in the marinade and the fluid… Read on

Salmon Sandwiches

Salt And Pepper Wings

Sausages With Onion And Cider Gravy

Savoy Cabbage The Best Way

Schmalzy Chicken

SCOTCH PANCAKES

When I was a child, we often had Scotch pancakes (out of a packet) when we got home from school. And the thing - for those of you… Read on

Sea Bass With Golden Mash

Seasonal Breeze

Sephardi Roast Lamb

Seppie Al Nero - Squid In Its Own Ink

Shirley Temple

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Simnel Cake

SLIME SOUP

This is just the thing to set children up for a night of marauding through the chilly streets trick-or-treating, or to warm them up… Read on

Sloppy Joes

Slow-Cooked Lamb With Beans

Smashed Potato Gratin

Snow-Flecked Brownies

SOFT WHITE DINNER ROLLS

It may seem a crackpot idea to suggest you make fresh white bread rolls for your children's supper, but give me a moment. Please.… Read on

Somerset Rabbit

SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA

I think spaghetti carbonara is what Meryl Streep cooks for Jack Nicholson in the film version of one of my favourite books, "Heartburn",… Read on

Spaghetti Alle Vongole

Spaghetti Frittata

Special Chicken Soup

Spiced And Super-Juicy Roast Turkey

SPINACH WITH PINENUTS AND SULTANAS

This is a fabulous sidedish with a plain roast or piece of meat or fish, but is good enough to be relished alone, even for those who… Read on

SPINACH, AVOCADO AND PUMPKIN SEED SALAD

This is one of my favourite salads. Photo by James Merrell. Read on

St Tropez Chicken

Sticky Garlic Potatoes

Sticky Semolina Cake

Sticky Toffee Pancakes

Stilton Rarebit With Walnut And Little Gem Salad

Stir-Fried Rice

Sunday Night Pasta

Sweet Lamb Tagine

Sweet Potato Mash

SWEET POTATOES WITH MARSHMALLOWS

For many of us, this Thanksgiving stalwart is beyond untraditional. To a European reader, no doubt to any non-American reader, it… Read on

Sweet Saffron Rice

Sweet-Scented Vermicelli

Sweetcorn Fritters

T-Bone Steak With Potato Wedges And Onions Rings

Tagliata With Rosemary And Garlic Potatoes

Tempura-Fried Cod With Avocado And Rocket And A Pea Puree

The Ashkenazi Alternative (Roast Lamb)

The Herb Plate

The Non Cake-Maker's Christmas Cake

The Turkey

Time-Honoured Christmas Cake

TOBLERONE FONDUE

Buying the fondue set was my first mistake... Photo by James Merrell. Read on

Tomato Couscous

Traditional Turkey Gravy

TROPICAL CHOCOLATE CAKE

If you're worried about using alcohol in a cake that might - but doesn't have to - be destined for children, then just use two spoonfuls… Read on

Turkey And Ham Pie

Vegetarian Chilli With Cornbread Topping

Vietnamese Turkey And Glass Noodle Salad

VODKA MARINATED STEAK

This is one of my favourite special suppers, and it's a fantastic way of making the treat of a steak go a lot further. Photo by James… Read on

Walnut Crescents

Wedding Meringues

Wedding Pavlova

White Rose Wedding Cupcakes

WITCHES' HAIR

I'm sure that children's rights activists will think it cruel and wrong to lie to children, but there is no way I would ever tell… Read on

YELLOW SPLIT PEA AND FRANKFURTER SOUP

The grainy liquid is hearty on its own, and the best way of soaking up excess alcohol lingering in the system. The frankfurters make… Read on

Yorkshire Pudding

Zabaglione Al Prosecco

Zalabia

Zaleti - Polenta Biscuits