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Roquefort, pear and watercress salad

Roquefort, pear and watercress salad

The ingredients of this fresh and vibrant salad, with contrasting colours, textures and flavours, are perfectly complemented by the subtle walnut oil dressing. The walnut flavour is enhanced by adding lightly toasted walnut pieces to the salad.

Camembert and broccoli pancakes

Camembert and broccoli pancakes

Thin pancakes rolled around a tasty filling make a delightful main course. The beauty of this dish is that the pancakes, filling and tomato sauce topping can all be made in advance, then assembled and baked later.

Buttermilk pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes

These pancakes are thick and wonderfully light and fluffy. They can be left plain, but adding fruit, such as sliced banana, makes them more exciting, and more nutritious, too. Here they are served with cinnamon–spiced yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Serve straight from the pan.

Noodles with plum and ginger duck

Noodles with plum and ginger duck

A delicious and healthy one–dish Asian meal that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

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Quick chicken soup

Quick chicken soup

This easy recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Red capsicum, corn and a sprinkling of fresh greens bring colour and texture to a simple chicken soup base, and adding a little sherry makes it taste just that bit more special. With seeded bread rolls it makes a tasty light meal.

Goulash in a hurry

Goulash in a hurry

This shortcut version of classic Hungarian goulash is rich and delicious. Strips of lean pork, shredded red cabbage and green capsicum cook quickly and taste excellent with the traditional flavourings of paprika and caraway seeds. Serve with rice or noodles and a simple green salad.

Tamarind and cashew stir-fry

Tamarind and cashew stir-fry

Once all the vegetables and the sauce have been prepared, this stir–fry can be cooked in mere minutes. It is an ideal quick midweek meal, packed with ingredients that not only taste good but that are good for you, too.

Zesty tomato salad

Zesty tomato salad

Seek out the most delicious tomatoes available, preferably sun–ripened on the vine, and you will be rewarded with an incomparable flavour. Lemon, fresh coriander and mint add freshness and zest to the tomatoes in this tangy salad, which can easily be varied with other fresh herbs and flavourings.

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Beef and mushroom stroganoff

Beef and mushroom stroganoff

This version of the classic dish of quick–fried steak with mushrooms shows how vegetables can be used to enhance and ‘stretch’ a modest portion of meat. The result is every bit as special as true stroganoff, and is more in keeping with today's taste for meals that are not dominated by meat.

Hot conchiglie

Hot conchiglie

Grilling green capsicums gives them a slightly smoky taste and makes it easy to slip off their skins. They give a great flavour and vitamin boost to the diced tomato and kalamata olive dressing in this speedy dish. Serve it for a light lunch or supper, with a simple green salad accompaniment.

Chow mein with pork and green vegetables

Chow mein with pork and green vegetables

A mixture of green vegetables adds colour and crispness to this simple noodle stir–fry with pork and dried mushrooms. Chinese egg noodles are prepared more quickly than Western pasta they only need brief soaking – so this dish can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Creamy chicken salad with grapes and pecans

Creamy chicken salad with grapes and pecans

With its wonderfully contrasting tastes and textures, this salad makes a satisfying main course that is luxurious without containing a lot of saturated fat. It is the perfect recipe for roast chicken leftovers or high–quality cooked chicken bought from the deli counter in the supermarket.

Creamy goat's cheese tagliatelle with hazelnuts

Creamy goat's cheese tagliatelle with hazelnuts

When you are hungry and in a hurry this simple pasta dish can be on the table in next to no time. You will even be able to put together a salad accompaniment and still be sitting down to eat within 20 minutes. Take care when melting the cheese to ensure that it does not get too hot.

Chicken liver mousse

Chicken liver mousse

A splash of brandy makes this light and smooth mousse special enough for a dinner party first course. Poaching the chicken livers with vegetables and herbs, instead of frying them, gives them loads of robust flavour and keeps the fat down.

Chicken livers sauted with sage

Chicken livers sautéed with sage

The addition of a few well–chosen flavouring ingredients, like the fresh sage and balsamic vinegar used here, can transform chicken livers into something special. Sautéed with mushrooms and onions, then served on bread, they become a satisfying meal.

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