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Amaretto Syllabub

Anchovy Red Wine Dressing

ANGLO-ASIAN LAMB SALAD

I love the tangy fire of Thai cooking; I love equally the traditional English partnership of lamb with redcurrant and mint. I just… Read on

Avocado Crayfish Cocktail

BANANA BUTTERSCOTCH MUFFINS

White chocolate morsels can be used in place of the butterscotch ones and my children seem to love both with equal fervour, though… Read on

Black Pasta With Red Mullet

BLACKBERRIES IN MUSCAT JELLY

This is unlike anything else: the texture is soft set, so you know it's not a liquid but it doesn't have the heft of a solid. And… Read on

Blackberry Crisp

Blueberry Syrup For Pancakes

Brandied-Bacony Chicken

BREAKFAST BARS

I am addicted to these, and so is everyone I give them to. Although they're quick to throw together, they do take nearly an hour to… Read on

BREAKFAST BRUSCHETTA

Something that is served, from California to Tuscany, as an evening savoury or appetizer may not seem an obvious choice for breakfast,… Read on

BROCCOLI AND STILTON SOUP

I use frozen broccoli; actually, frozen organic broccoli, if that makes you feel better. In fact, this is better when made with frozen,… Read on

Bunuelos

Butterfly Cakes

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

BUTTERNUT AND SWEET POTATO SOUP

Ever since I overcame my prejudices about buying pre-chopped fruit and veg, my cooking life has got a lot simpler. And you should… Read on

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH PECANS AND BLUE CHEESE

This has many strings to its bow: it serves as a vegetarian alternative to the Holiday turkey; it gussies up a plate of cold leftover… Read on

BUTTERSCOTCH FRUIT FONDUE

If ever you've - lazily, guiltily - bought ready-peeled, sliced, cubed fruit from the supermarket, and then wondered why you bothered,… Read on

CARAMEL CROISSANT PUDDING

I always think that some of the best recipes come from the thrifty refusal to throw anything away. Certainly, I made this one Monday… Read on

CARIBBEAN CREAMS

This is a reworking of my grandmother's Barbados creams: we're going the way of the coconut and the banana. It's scarcely a fancy… Read on

CHEDDAR CHEESE RISOTTO

This might seem odd to Italians but it works beautifully: the starchy rice, the sharp Cheddar, both are the perfect counterpoint for… Read on

CHEESE FONDUE

I don't suppose this is ever going to win plaudits from the World Health Organisation, but a cheese fondue is surely the stuff of… Read on

Chef's Salad

CHERRY CHEESECAKE

This is not the trad baked cheesecake that requires patience and lots of spare time. No, this is fresh, quick, simple and - best of… Read on

Chicken Caesar Cornets

Chicken Liver Salad

CHICKEN SCHNITZEL WITH BACON AND WHITE WINE

This is one of those fast and easy suppers that makes you - and whoever else is eating it - purr with delight. Photo by Lis Parsons. Read on

CHICKEN, MUSHROOM AND BACON PIE

Even the word pie is comforting. But then, it would be hard to deny the very real lure of pastry, especially when, as here, you know… Read on

CHICKPEAS WITH ROCKET AND SHERRY

This is not quite a stir-fry, though I do cook it in my wok. The chickpeas get soused with the sherry and infused with cumin, and… Read on

CHOCOLATE CROISSANTS

First, let me say that if I can do this, you can. As I have never tried to hide, I have no patience and even less dexterity. But this… Read on

Chocolate Macaroons

CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIES

This is my version of after dinner mints: dispense with dessert and bring out a plate of minty breathed chocolate cookies with coffee… Read on

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE SUNDAE

This is the ultimate ice cream sundae. Obviously, if you're not a peanut-eater, it won't be for you, but for everyone else it is the… Read on

CHOCOLATE PEAR PUDDING

This is a cross between Pears Belle Helene and Eve's Pudding, but the only important thing to remember is that this is easy, quick,… Read on

CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO FUDGE

I am willing to believe that a confectioner wouldn't call this proper fudge, but it tastes divine, and you won't need a sugar thermometer… Read on

CHOCOLATE PUDDING

We're talking pure, all-encompassing bliss. When you eat this cooled, it is like chocolate satin cream and almost shocking in its… Read on

Chopped Ceviche And Mexicola

CHOPPED FRUIT SALAD

The pomegranate juice mentioned here is out of a bottle, but if you're using out-of-season strawberries, add a squeeze of real juice… Read on

CHOWDER WITH ASIAN FLAVOURS

This is the perfect supper on those days when a knife and fork seem like just too much work. It's instantly comforting but spirited… Read on

Christmas In A Glass

Cloudy Lemonade For A Sunny Day

COCKTAIL SAUSAGES

If you want to have something hot to pass around on a tray, then cocktail sausages are what you're after. There's nothing fiddly to… Read on

COQ AU RIESLING

I don't bother to sear the meat, which means you really need skinless portions; unbrowned chicken skin is not pretty. If you're not… Read on

CRAB & AVOCADO SALAD WITH JAPANESE DRESSING

This is another one of those salads that my husband doesn't notice is a salad and that we eat fairly often at home. Now that I can… Read on

CREPES SUZETTE

This is probably the queen of retro desserts and deservedly so. My version is a speeded-up and simplified one by virtue of using shop-bought… Read on

CRISPY DUCK

I've always thought one of the best ways to eat duck was as the Chinese do, but I had never thought it would be so easy to cook. I… Read on

CROQUE MONSIEUR BAKE

Like many good brunch recipes, this is also just the ticket for an early evening supper, the sort you eat in your dressing gown before… Read on

CRUNCHY SALAD WITH HOT AND SOUR DRESSING

This is one of those salads I love to have around to pick at from the fridge, and it is the very model of low-cal virtue. But because… Read on

CURRY IN A HURRY

If you want to make this with fresh vegetables rather than frozen, then up the water (keeping the amount of stock concentrate the… Read on

DOUGHNUT FRENCH TOAST

My weaknesses are mainly savoury - think salt and vinegar crisps or cheese and biscuits - but there are times when only a doughnut… Read on

DUCK BREASTS WITH POMEGRANATE AND MINT

This is my idea of perfect dinner party food: it's easy to make, not complicated to serve and looks - and tastes - exquisite. Feel… Read on

ETON MESS

This recipe uses bottled fresh pomegranate juice to encourage the strawberries to ooze out their fragrant summery juices. If you're… Read on

Fast Fries

Festive Fusilli

Flan

FLASH FRIED STEAK WITH WHITE BEAN MASH

When I was a child, steak houses always had something called minute steak - as in minnit - on the menu, economically attractive portions… Read on

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH HOT CHOCOLATE SAUCE

However much people have eaten, there is always, I've noticed, room for a brownie. This is a different kind of a brownie, most definitely… Read on

FORGOTTEN PUDDING

There is a wonderful poetry to the name of this pudding which, thankfully, once eaten could never be forgotten. It's an old, old recipe… Read on

Frittata Party!

GAMMON STEAKS WITH PARSLEY

Of course, I'm tempted to do a gammon steak with pineapple, and I wouldn't begin to stop you, but I think parsley is really the key… Read on

GINGER PASSIONFRUIT TRIFLE

I don't think I've ever written a book without a trifle in it, and I'm not about to start now. Besides, this is one of those puddings… Read on

Ginger Pom

GLITZY CHOCOLATE PUDDINGS

If you've got an electric whisk - either a hand one or a freestanding mixer - this is very low effort indeed, but it is a real showstopper.… Read on

Go Get 'Em Smoothie

Golden Goat's Cheese

Golden Honey Mustard Dressing

GOUJONS OF SOLE WITH DILL MAYONNAISE

Goujons have fallen from grace, but it is hard to work out why. The crunch of the breadcrumb casing, the tender, yielding softness… Read on

Gravlax Sashimi

Green Apple Martini

GREEN EGGS AND HAM

This weekend breakfast favourite can, frankly, be eaten at any time of the day with equal relish and has also in its favour that children… Read on

Griddled Venison With Pink Gin Apple Sauce And Roast Pencil Leeks

Grilled Cheese And Slaw

HALLOUMI BITES

These are messy to eat and are probably best as part of a table, rather than as a tray-bound snack. But I wouldn't count these out… Read on

High-Speed Hamburger With Fast Fries

HOKEY POKEY

Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb. It is wonderful eaten in golden shards or crumbled into the best vanilla ice cream. It… Read on

HOLIDAY HOT CAKE WITH EGGNOG CREAM

A warming, welcoming pud full of seasonal spice that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Truly a pudding to give thanks… Read on

HOME MADE INSTANT PANCAKE MIX

I find this a real life-safer. I so often have crowds of children sleeping over at the weekend, so I make a container full of this… Read on

Hot Toddy

ICE CREAM CAKE

I don't think a cook's job should be to deceive, but there is something appealing about the fact that this looks and tastes as if… Read on

INSTANT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

When you haven't got time for overnight setting in the fridge or you don't want to use raw eggs, this mousse is perfect. In fact,… Read on

IRISH CREAM TIRAMISU

I've long been tinkering about with a bottle of Bailey's, seeing how it could best be called upon in the kitchen, and I think, with… Read on

Italian Sausages In Hot Tomato Sauce With Polenta

JUICY BEEF SKEWERS WITH HORSERADISH DIP

I find fresh horseradish easy to come by these days but, if you don't, add the same amount of hot horseradish cream or sauce from… Read on

JUMBLEBERRY CRUMBLE

Since you never know when you might be in urgent need of a crumble, I make up enough topping for at least 4 of these and let it sit… Read on

LAMB CUTLETS WITH CHILLI AND BLACK OLIVES

No one does lamb cutlets better than the Italians and this recipe, which comes to me by way of the great Anna Del Conte, is a case… Read on

Lamb Shanks With Beans

Lamb, Olive And Caramelized Onion Tagine

Layered Salad With Roast Quail

Lazy Loaf

Lentil And Walnut Salad

LINGUINE WITH LEMON, GARLIC AND THYME MUSHROOMS

This is one of my proudest creations and, I suppose, a good example of a recipe that isn't originally from Italy, but sits uncontroversially… Read on

Liver With Bacon And Charred Onions

LUNCHBOX TREATS

This is exactly what it says in the title: crunchy, crisp, sweet and toothsome, and the really great thing is that, as a parent, you… Read on

MACARONI CHEESE

This is the shortcut version: no cheese sauce, but a gorgeously huge amount of cheese, bound with egg and evaporated milk. Yum. Photo… Read on

MANGO SPLIT

Incidentally, this is one of my children's favourite puddings, though I leave out the rum and coconut for them. For me, both resolutely… Read on

MAPLE CHICKEN 'N' RIBS

This recipe says it all. You need no more than a few minutes to load up a couple of freezer bags with ribs and chicken, oils and unguents… Read on

Maple Pepper Pecans

Marsala Honey Pears With Gorgonzola

MARSHMALLOW CRISPY SQUARES

You'd think this was designed to keep the children happy, and while that's OK with me, it is the adults who seem to find this particuarly… Read on

Martini Olives

MELLOW MEATBALLS

I buy organic beef mini meatballs from the supermarket, which makes this extremely easy to put together, and there'd be nothing to… Read on

Merguez With Halloumi And Flame-Roasted Peppers

MEXICAN CHICKEN OR TURKEY SALAD WITH TOMATO AND BLACK BEAN SALSA

This is the perfect recipe for using leftover chicken or turkey at any time. A jicama is sometimes known as a Mexican potato, though… Read on

MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE

This is not the first of my Mexican hot chocolates, but I feel it will be my last. You can melt chunks of chocolate (as I have in… Read on

MEXICAN SCRAMBLED EGGS

This is not only the best way to start the day, but the best way to end it, too. You can make it even more of a meal by serving some… Read on

Mincemeat Parcels With Bourbon Butter

MINESTRONE IN MINUTES

This is child's play to make, and I use the term advisedly, since it is the invention of my ten-year-old son Bruno (Brunostrone, we… Read on

MINI MEATLOAVES

These mini meatloves are best eaten cold, either dunked in mayo, ketchup, brown sauce or mustard, or sliced up and made into sandwiches… Read on

MIRIN GLAZED SALMON

This must be the fastest way there is to create a culinary sensation. You do scarcely a thing - just dibble some salmon steaks in… Read on

MOONBLUSH TOMATOES

Feel free to substitute the homespun variety in any recipe that stipulates shop - bought sunblush (though I'd use about half; the… Read on

Mortadella Pasta Salad

MOUCLADE

For some reason, this lesser-known cousin of moules mariniere has gone out of fashion. That's to say, I haven't seen it on a menu… Read on

MOZZARELLA WITH CRAZY GREMOLATA

Thee are no bad ways of eating good mozzarella. I am perfectly happy just with a spatter of salt and a green glug of olive oil, but… Read on

Mustard Caper Sauce For Broccoli

MUSTARD PORK CHOPS

This is possibly the easiest route to a proper, filling and yet strangely delicate dinner.  The pork is cooked just enough time… Read on

NAAN PIZZA

I beg you to keep the wherewithal for this fantastic instant snack-cum-supper in your storecupboard. It's a lifesaver! I've given… Read on

Nectarine And Blueberry Galette

NEW ORLEANS COLESLAW

I can't remember why I call this my New Orleans coleslaw now (I've been making it, or a version of it, for so long), but I think it… Read on

NO-CHURN MARGARITA ICE CREAM

This is a cinch to make, and easy-easy-easy to eat. If you want to serve it in glasses with rims dipped in sugar and salt, by all… Read on

NO-CHURN POMEGRANATE ICE CREAM

It's not hard to think of a pudding that can be made in advance. But mostly the advantage is simply that all the effort is upfront… Read on

Noodle Soup For Needy People

NUTELLA PANCAKES

Let joy be unconfined.  This is one of the most irresistible puddings I think I have ever made, and I did it by no more than… Read on

Nutella Pancakes

Oeufs En Cocotte

ORANGE FRENCH TOAST

There is not a type of French toast I don't love, but this version - a kind of eggy, squidgy toast and marmalade - is the perfect… Read on

Pappardelle With Escarole

Party Popcorn

PEA AND PESTO SOUP

While you can make it with pesto from a jar, the difference when you use the "fresh" stuff in a tub that you can find in chiller cabinets… Read on

Peaches In Muscat

Pear And Ginger Muffins

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

This is a bit before my time, but I have vague nursery memories of a friend of my grandmother's making a version of this, which she… Read on

Pink Gin Apple Sauce

Pollo Alla Cacciatora

Pomegranate Bellini

Potato And Mushroom Gratin

Potato Cakes With Smoked Salmon

Prawns With Maryam Zaira Sauce

QUESADILLAS

Just thinking of these makes me salivate: these toasted sandwiches have the perfect more-ish mixture between thin crisp crust and… Read on

QUICK CALAMARI WITH GARLIC MAYONNAISE

Strange though it might sound, this is another of my supper-standbys. I keep the frozen squid in the deep freeze, taking it out in… Read on

Quick Chilli

Quickly Scaled Mont Blanc

RAPID RAGU

Much to my husband's horror, when I am feeling fragile and in need of cosiness and comfort, my favourite supper is a helping of minced… Read on

Red Pepper Hummus

RED PRAWN AND MANGO CURRY

This is one of the easiest suppers to make, but somehow, however much I know this, it always surprises me. Not in the cooking, so… Read on

RED-LEAF, FIG AND SERRANO HAM SALAD

This salad takes mere minutes to make, and yet it is enduringly beautiful. I don't overstate the case; there is something positively… Read on

Rhubarb And Custard Gelato

Rib-Sticking Stir-Fry

Roast Pencil Leeks

Roast Poussin And Sweet Potatoes

ROCKY ROAD CRUNCH BARS

No one is ever going to complain about having one of these in their lunchbox, and they're pretty handy to have around in the kitchen… Read on

ROLY POLY PUDDING

I feel better just contemplating this. You get the comfort of a syrup pudding steamed for many, many hours in 30 minutes. And you… Read on

ROQUAMOLE

Although I have called this incredible dip roquamole, I think it may be better made with a less illustrious bleu. St Agur out of a… Read on

Sake Sea Bass And Wilted Greens

SALADE NICOISE

Everyone seems to have a very strong opinion as to what should or should not go into a Salade Nicoise, so let me tell you from the… Read on

Salmon Escalopes With Watercress, Sugar-Snap Peas And Avocado

Sandwich Slaw

Sausages With Sauerkraut

SCALLOPS AND CHORIZO

I've long been a fan of scallops with bacon, and scallops with chilli, and this is my combination of the two, using chorizo - the… Read on

SCALLOPS ON THE SHELL

I can't quite believe how simple yet luscious these are. I prefer to get my scallops from the fishmonger for this, which is just as… Read on

SEAFOOD POT

In France and Italy, and across much of Continental Europe, seafood is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve and it is a very good… Read on

SEARED SALMON WITH SINGAPORE NOODLES

I know the list of ingredients is long, but a lot of this is stuff that will help you generally if it's part of your storecupboard-stash.… Read on

Seasonal Fruit Salad

SESAME PEANUT NOODLES

I always make a large vat of these since they're lovely to pick at in the fridge. Plus, although they're easy to make, you do need… Read on

Slow-Roast Tomatoes, Goat's Cheese And Mint Salad

SMOKED COD AND CANNELLINI BEANS

Of all my reliable standbys, this is one of the speediest. Of course there's more to it, I'm too greedy to settle for mere efficiency.… Read on

Smoked Trout Pate

Snowball

Spaghettini With Prawns And Chilli

Spanish Omelette

SPICED PEACHES

I've used bottled peaches, I've used canned peaches, and it honestly doesn't matter which, but I'm afraid you have to resist the healthier… Read on

STEAK SLICE WITH LEMON AND THYME

The method is this: instead of marinating the meat before cooking, you marinate it after; it really does keep it extraordinarily tender.… Read on

Steeped Christmas Fruits

Swedish Salmon

Sweet And Sour Cucumber Salad

SWEETCORN CHOWDER WITH TOASTED TORTILLAS

The tortillas we use here are those crisp, crunchy, corn-gritty triangles that somehow always feel like a guilty pleasure. Although… Read on

Tarte Fine Aux Pommes

The Instant Canape: Quick Crostini With Avocado And Green Pea Hummus

TOTALLY CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Along with chocolate, there is much comfort to be gleaned from reading cookbooks. This recipe combines two loves by being chocolatey… Read on

Tuna And Beans

TUNA AND CRAB AND AVOCADO WRAPS

I have never really thought of myself as a person who could wrap, fold or fiddle about with food or felt that way inclined. But you… Read on

Tuna Steaks With Black Beans

Turkey Fillets With Anchovy, Gherkin And Dill

Turkey Tonnato

Vanilla Apples With Sweetheart Croutes

Warm Potato Salad

Wasabi Lime Dressing

WHITE BEAN MASH

This is a garlicky, lemony, ultra-fabulous, utterly addictive bean mash. It's the perfect accompaniment to the Flash-Fried Steak.… Read on

White Chocolate Mint Mousse

Wilted Greens