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Alcoholic Iced Coffee

ANGLO-ITALIAN TRIFLE

I don't think I could write a book that didn't include a recipe for trifle somewhere - and this, I tell you, is the trifle to end… Read on

Apple Ice Cream

ARABIAN PANCAKES WITH ORANGE-FLOWER SYRUP

Don't think breakfast pancakes, but rather a dreamy, light, aromatic and sweet pudding, slicked with orange-flower syrup and nubbled… Read on

Baby Octopus And Potato Salad

Baci Ice Cream

Baked Pasta Shells Stuffed With Spinach And Ricotta

Baked Potato Salad

BAKED RICOTTA WITH GRILLED RADICCHIO

For all that you need to clatter about with Springform tins and baking sheets, this is remarkably easy to make. I always seem to have… Read on

Banana And Butterscotch Upside-Down Tart

Barbecued Loin Of Lamb, Three Ways

BARBECUED QUAIL

Although this started off life as a summer recipe, I can't stop eating these juicy birds even when the air's chill. Photo by Petrina… Read on

Barbecued Sea Bass With Preserved Lemons

Black And Blue Beef

Blonde Mocha Layer Cake

Blue Lagoon

Braised Little Gems

Brioches

BULGAR WHEAT SALAD WITH PINK-SEARED LAMB

This bulgar wheat salad is loosely based on tabbouleh, only using coriander in place of the parsley, lime in place of the lemon and… Read on

Cacik

Caesar Cleopatra

Campari Soda

Capellini Con Cacio E Pepe

Caponata

CARAMELISED PINEAPPLE WITH HOT CHOCOLATE SAUCE

There's no other way to put this: these are fruit kebabs. I know how this sounds, but that's not how they taste. These skewer-threaded… Read on

CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM

This started off as something of a culinary conceit: I wanted to recreate the flavour of cheesecake in ice-cream form. I don't claim… Read on

Chicken And Cashew Nut Curry

Chicken Salad With Spinach And Lardons

CHICKEN, ALMOND AND PARSLEY SALAD

This came about the way most of my favourite food has come about, by greedy opportunism. I had some cold chicken in the fridge, a… Read on

CHICKEN, MANGO AND CHILLI SALAD

This started off life as a reworking of Coronation Chicken, that mixture I can't help liking, against all contemporary culinary strictures,… Read on

CHILLED CARAMELISED ORANGES WITH GREEK YOGHURT

There is a hint of the days-gone-by sweet trolley about this: it's not as tricksy to make as the arance alla principessa I remember… Read on

Chilled Pea And Mint Soup

Chocolate Peanut Squares

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY PAVLOVA

You just cannot beat a pav in summer, and in particular this dark beauty. The crisp and chewy chocolate meringue base, rich in cocoa… Read on

Coconut And Chilli Salmon Kebabs

Coconut Slab

Cold Roast Beef With Lemon Salad

CORSICAN OMELETTE

Bear with me - as telephonists like to say - while I gush for a bit. This has to be the world's best omelette. I call it Corsican… Read on

COURGETTE FRITTERS

I know the word fritter conjures up a complex world of deep-frying and dense-eating, but these are light, simple babies - just grated… Read on

CRISPY LAMB CHOPS

The joy of these, particularly, is that they are wonderful eaten cold as well, their pink juiciness trapped within their eggy parmesan… Read on

Crostini Del Mare

Dime Bar Ice Cream

Double Courgette And Bean Salad

Eastern Mediterranean Cheesecake

Egg-Custard Ice Cream

Elderflower And Passionfruit Cooler

Feta, Walnut And Herb Salad

FIGS FOR A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS

This is so simple - scarcely a recipe really - but so good. Unless you get figs straight from the tree they sometimes need the blistering… Read on

Flatbread Pizzas

Fragonard

Fresh Green Gimlet

Frozen Chocolate Truffles

Gammon With Pineapple

Garlic Bread

Gina

Ginger Beer Shandy

Ginger-Cured Salmon

Gingered And Minty Fruit Salad

Gingery Duck With Red Onion And Orange Salad

Gooseberry And Elderflower Ice Cream

Gooseberry Fool

Greekish Lamb Pasta

Green Vegetable Curry

GRIDDLED AUBERGINES WITH FETA, MINT AND CHILLI

You can griddle these aubergines, grill them or just blitz them in the heat of the barbecue: I really don't care. The point is this:… Read on

Grilled Sardines with Lemon Salsa

Grilled Tuna With Wasabi Butter Sauce

HAPPINESS SOUP

Forgive the tweeness of the title, but this is a soup of such sunny, mood-enhancing yellowness that it overcomes even the most pervasively… Read on

HASSELBACK POTATOES

I think of these Swedish roast potatoes as being rather like sauteed potatoes on the stem: each one is cut into thin slices across… Read on

HONEY SEMIFREDDO

A semifreddo is not quite an ice cream, as the name - semi-cold, in translation - suggests. There's no custard to make, and no churning… Read on

Italian Beetroot Salad

Journalist

KERALAN FISH CURRY

This tamarind-tangy curry makes for a perfect dinner on a hot night; light enough not to knock you out, but spiced enough to prompt… Read on

Kiwitini

Lamb Cutlets With Yoghurt And Cumin

Lamb Kebabs

LAMB PATTIES WITH HUMMUS AND PITTA

Think hamburger, Middle-Eastern style. And if this isn't enough of a come-on, think again. I am mad for these pitta-sandwiches smeared… Read on

Lavender Trust Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Drop

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice Pudding

Lemony Prawn Salad

LINGUINE WITH CHILLI, CRAB AND WATERCRESS

You know, I'd eaten this a couple of times and made it myself (throwing in handfuls of peppery watercress as I did so) a few more… Read on

LINGUINE WITH MUSSELS

You might label this shiny black musselled variation of linguine alle vongole, linguine alle cozze, but to be frank, this version… Read on

Lomo De Orza

Margarita Ice Cream

MARINATED SALMON WITH CAPERS AND GHERKINS

This is wonderful: light and refreshing and very, very easy to put together. It does, however, need to be cooked, if that's the word,… Read on

Mauritian Prawn Curry

Mint And Lime Cool Aid

Mint Chocolate Mousse

MINT JULEP PEACHES

There's something about mint juleps that I associate with the deep heat of midsummer. I have to say this association is an entirely… Read on

Moroccan Roast Lamb

Moscow Mule

Moutabal

OLD FASHIONED TOMATO SALAD

This tomato salad is all you need for a summer starter. What I do is take the tomatoes out into the garden, uncut, on a flat plate… Read on

Orange Cornmeal Cake

Pappardelle With Courgettes, Sultanas And Pine Nuts

Passione

Passionfruit Shortcakes

Peach Ice Cream

PEPPER-SEARED TUNA

Those of my vintage may remember this dish from the eighties fondly as Tataki of Tuna: a log of ludicrously rubied fish, rolled in… Read on

Picnic-Fried Chicken

Pimms

Pina Colada

Pomme Pomme

Porchetta

Potato And Pea Frittata

Prawn And Black Rice Salad With Vietnamese Dressing

Puy Lentil, Goat's Cheese And Mint Salad

Rack Of Lamb With Mint Salsa

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

RAW BEETROOT, DILL AND MUSTARD SEED SALAD

I am convinced that it is when raw that beetroot is at its best, and this recipe offers the most persuasive evidence; I promise you… Read on

RED MULLET WITH SWEET AND SOUR SHREDDED SALAD

We are in rose-tinted heaven here: the pink glint of the red mullet's skin flashes like a Barbie-mermaid's tail against a salad of… Read on

Red Roast Quinces

Red-Hot Chilli Syrup

REDCURRANT SLUSH SORBET

Just as with ice cream, the glorious thing about home-made sorbet is that you can make flavours you could never buy in a shop. And… Read on

Rhubarb Fool

RICE PAPER ROLLS

You can often find the rice pancakes, or rice sheets (emphatically not rice paper) in the supermarket. If you're unlucky in this respect,… Read on

RICOTTA HOTCAKES

These are breakfast pancakes summer-style, ridiculously light, and lemony somehow even without the addition of lemon. If you imagine… Read on

Rigatoni Al Pomodoro E Prezzemolo

Risi E Bisi

Roasted New Season's Vegetables

SAFFRON SCENTED CHICKEN PILAF

Call me Scheherazade, but I'm in my turquoise gauze veil and jewelled slippers for this one. The cinnamon and lemony yoghurt marinade… Read on

Salmon Kebabs With Pomegranate Molasses And Honey

Salt Cod Fritters

Sangria

SEA BASS WITH SAFFRON, SHERRY AND PINENUTS

Consider this simply a guide: use other fish fillets if you like, or indeed substitute chicken breasts; just remember they'll need… Read on

Seafood Laksa

Seafood Salad

Seared Mustard-Coated Salmon

Short Pasta With Asparagus, Lemon, Garlic And Parsley

Sicilian Vinegar Chicken

SLOW ROASTED GARLIC AND LEMON CHICKEN

This is one of those recipes you just can't make once: that's to say, after the first time, you're hooked. It is gloriously easy:… Read on

SLUT RED RASPBERRIES IN CHARDONNAY JELLY

You might think that no recipe could live up to this title. It's a reasonable presumption, but thank God, a wrong one. This is heaven… Read on

SOBA NOODLES WITH SESAME SEEDS

I love the Japanese way of eating cold noodles: I just lift a bowl to my face, fork furiously and slurp. If you want to make these… Read on

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino

Spaghettini Al Sugo Crudo

Spare Ribs

Spatchcock Chicken With Lemon And Rosemary

Spiced Pink Soup

SQUID SALAD WITH LIME, CORIANDER, MINT AND MIZUNA

Don't worry if the word mizuna means nothing to you. It's a tenderly peppery Japanese salad leaf, which some greengrocers, and even… Read on

Steak With Barbecue Butters

STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

There is just something about home-made strawberry ice cream: it's the taste of blue skies, of sun on your shoulders; an idealised… Read on

Strawberry Meringue Layer Cake

Summer Crumble

Summer Minestrone Alla Genovese

Tagliolini Al Pesto Amaro

THAI CRUMBLED BEEF IN LETTUCE WRAPS

One of the joys of this is how easy and quick it is to make. If you're having people over to dinner midweek, you could make this as… Read on

THE RAINBOW ROOM'S CARROT AND PEANUT SALAD

This is not the place for in-depth social history, unless you take the view - as I do - that all food is social history, but I do… Read on

THE ULTIMATE GREEK SALAD

Greek salad is the sort of abominated fixture in the culinary canon which no appetite for retro-chic can make cool. Forget about all… Read on

THREE FISHES WITH THREE HERB SALSA

You can take the girl out of the eighties, but you can't quite take the eighties out of the girl. Far be it from me to call for a… Read on

Tom Collins

VANILLA SHORTBREAD

I know that biscuits sound like the sort of cooking someone else does, but you need never have baked anything ever in your life to… Read on

VIN SANTO ICE CREAM WITH CANTUCCINI

One of the loveliest puddings, if it quite counts as that, to order in restaurants in Tuscany, is a glass of vin santo, that resinous,… Read on

WATERMELON, FETA AND BLACK OLIVE SALAD

As improbable as it might sound, this combination is utterly fantastic, both savoury and refreshing at the same time. You can pare… Read on

White Chocolate Almond Cake

WHITE CHOCOLATE AND PASSIONFRUIT MOUSSE

So much in cooking, as in the rest of life I suppose, is about contrast, about balance. Here the acerbic fragrance of the passionfruit… Read on

White Chocolate Ice Cream With Hot Blackberry Sauce

White Lady

Za'atar Chicken With Fattoush