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Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Serve this rich, moist pudding with custard or cream on any special occasion, but for Christmas choose one of the traditional butters or sauces to accompany it.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian

Put your feet up and relax with this fruity cocktail.

Stewed Apples

Stewed Apples

Many fruits can be stewed: berries, rhubarb, stonefruit and dried fruit. Adjust the cooking time so the fruit is soft and plump but not mushy.

Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Sprinkled with sugar and tangy with rhubarb and apples, this is a magical pie. If time is short, you can use ready-made shortcrust pastry.

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Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

In Italian, a minestra is a soup, but a minestrone is a BIG soup – a nourishing meal in itself. Tender and moist chicken meatballs and a host of seasonal herbs and vegetables enhance the depth of flavour in this delicious one-bowl meal.

Greek-style Lamb and Salad

Greek-style Lamb and Salad

Enjoy the flavours of the Mediterranean with this healthy lamb salad.

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Covered with almond paste and iced in a simple style, this rich fruit Christmas cake looks impressive. It should be prepared at least one month ahead to allow the flavours to develop.

Berry Yogurt Swirl

Berry Yogurt Swirl with Walnuts and Pepitas

Celebrate berry season with this healthy swirl of goodness. It will give you the energy and nutrients you need in the morning. Use thawed frozen berries if fresh ones aren’t available – they’re just as nutritious.

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Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

A whole steamed fish makes a spectacular feast. Drizzling hot oil over the skin before serving makes the skin delightfully crisp.

Quick Ham and Cheese Quiche

Quick Ham and Cheese Quiche

With ready-rolled shortcrust pastry you can whip up a tasty, homemade quiche in no time, then leave it to bake. A colourful salad and boiled new potatoes go with it perfectly.

Ways with Mayonnaise

Ways with Mayonnaise

Lots of chopped fresh herbs give this quick and simple dish its pronounced flavour, and bite-sized pieces of crisp, toasted pita bread provide texture. Serve the salad for a light meal with a hint of summer at any time of the year.

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Slow-cooker Pulled Pork

Pork is rendered pull-apart tender with slow, patient simmering — but if you don’t have quite enough time you can cook the pork on high for 4 hours. This enticingly spicy mixture is also delicious served on tortillas, with diced avocados and tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream.

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

Lots of chopped fresh herbs give this quick and simple dish its pronounced flavour, and bite-sized pieces of crisp, toasted pita bread provide texture. Serve the salad for a light meal with a hint of summer at any time of the year.

Creamy Chicken Korma

Creamy Chicken Korma

Indian-style korma curries are loved the world over. This version is quite mild, so add more korma paste if you like a bit more heat, or experiment by using another Indian curry paste. Serve with a warm Indian bread, such as wholemeal naan bread or chapattis.

Slow-cooker Vietnamese Seafood Broth

Slow-cooker Vietnamese Seafood Broth

This fragrant seafood bowl will have you slurping with satisfaction. Serve with an array of Southeast Asian herbs and vegetables, such as bean sprouts, spring onion slices, diced tomato, chopped chilli, and mint and coriander leaves, so people can add their own.

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