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Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

This simple dessert tastes just as delicious as it looks. After brushing with a honey, lemon and ginger syrup, the hollowed–out pears are filled with rum–soaked raisins and ricotta. This is the perfect way to turn the classic combination of fresh fruit and cheese into something a bit special.

Golden penne with goat's cheese

Golden penne with goat's cheese

Mild and creamy goat's cheese is melted in saffron–infused white wine and mixed with fennel, olives and capers to make a golden–coloured sauce for pasta shapes. This easy dish comes with a simple mixed leaf salad.

Herbed French toast

Herbed French toast

Give breakfast or brunch a new twist with this savoury version of French toast, also called pain perdu or eggy bread. Triangles of bread are dipped into a fresh herb and egg mixture, then pan–fried until crisp and golden.

High-vitality milkshake

High-vitality milkshake

This satisfying ‘breakfast in a glass’ is made with milk and thick yogurt flavoured with banana and freshly squeezed orange juice, plus some wheatgerm for extra vitamin value. A milkshake–style drink makes a great energising start to the day, ideal for people in a hurry.

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Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros

For a fun weekend brunch, serve this Mexican–style dish of poached eggs, warm flour tortillas, a fresh tomato and chilli salsa, and toppings of grated cheese, sour cream, spring onions and fresh coriander. It will soon become a firm favourite.

Little custard pot

Little custard pot

These creamy baked custards, delicately flavoured with vanilla and accompanied by a fresh cherry compote, are easy to make and sure to be popular with all ages. Take care not to overcook the custards – they should be just set when you take them out of the oven.

Marbled winter fruit fool

Marbled winter fruit fool

Dried prunes and peaches have an intense, concentrated flavour and sweetness and, with the addition of a dash of peach schnapps or brandy, they make a really special fruit fool. This is an attractive dessert for the winter months.

Cauliflower cheese soup

Cauliflower cheese soup

A classic combination as a vegetable dish, cauliflower and cheddar are equally good partners in a soup. Here the cauliflower is gently simmered in milk and stock, then puréed to a velvety, smooth texture. This is a warming soup that makes a simple lunch or supper dish, served with crusty rolls

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Monmouth pudding

Monmouth pudding

Here a classic pudding, popular in Victorian times, is given a new look with fresh raspberries rather than the traditional jam. The texture of the pudding is beautifully light due to the addition of fresh breadcrumbs and whisked eggwhites.

Chakchouka

Chakchouka

This dish is popular all over the Mediterranean region and there are many different variations. Basically it is a tomato–based vegetable stew, like a ratatouille, with eggs poached right in the mixture. Serve it for a fast and sustaining lunch.

Mozzarella in carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza

This classic Italian sandwich, which literally means ‘mozzarella in a carriage’, makes a tasty and very quick vegetarian meal. Chopped sun–dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves enhance the flavour of the cheese, which melts on cooking to a wonderful oozing texture.

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

For a lively midweek meal, try these little meat patties with vegetables, which are cooked with the typically aromatic Thai flavourings of green curry and lemongrass. Serve with steamed rice or coconut rice on the side, if desired.

Thai sour seafood soup

Thai sour seafood soup

This delicious soup makes a perfect first course or light main meal. It is cooked with lime, lemongrass, fresh chilli and curry paste, giving it an unmistakable Thai flavour. You can omit the prawns and use fried tofu and vegetable stock to make a vegetarian version.

Thai-style beef sandwiches

Thai-style beef sandwiches

A very tasty, fresh and flavoursome sandwich that's perfect for lunch or light meal.

Tofu noodles

Tofu noodles

This simple and fast vegetarian dish is an absolute delight – Perfect one–dish meal for the busy working week.

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