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Strawberry panna cotta

Ingredients For the panna cotta 3 gelatine leaves 450ml double cream 200ml whole milk 100g white caster sugar 1 vanilla pod For the strawberries 400g strawberries, hulled and halved, or quartered if very large 1½ tsp cornflour 50g white caster sugar Method For the panna cotta, put the gelatine leaves in a small bowl of […]

Thai chicken salad

Ingredients 1 head Chinese leaf, shredded 2 cooked chicken breasts or 200g leftover cooked chicken, shredded 1 mango, peeled, stoned and thinly sliced bunch mint, leaves picked 6 spring onions, sliced diagonally 3 tbsp salted peanuts or cashew nuts, roughly chopped For the dressing juice 4 limes 4 tbsp sesame oil pinch of sugar splash […]

Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

Ingredients 300g red-skinned potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds 1 red pepper, cut into strips 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 rosemary sprig, leaves removed and very finely chopped 2 sea bass fillets 25g pitted black olives, halved ½ lemon, sliced thinly into rounds handful basil leaves Method Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Arrange […]

Lemony chicken skewers, herbed new potatoes & apple coleslaw

Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes For the marinade 50ml low-fat natural yogurt juice and zest ½ lemon 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp finely chopped tarragon For the herbed new potatoes 300g new potatoes 1 tbsp rapeseed oil ½ tbsp finely chopped parsley ½ tbsp finely chopped mint ½ tbsp […]

Classic pancakes

Ingredients 100g plain flour 1 large egg 300ml milk oil or melted butter, for frying Method Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre with the back of a spoon then break in the egg and pour in half the milk. Whisk together, gradually incorporating the […]

Butternut soup shots with crispy pancetta soldiers

Ingredients 8 slices pancetta 2cm-thick slice white bread, cut into 8 chunky soldiers splash olive oil 850ml-1 litre butternut squash & sage soup soup (see ‘goes well with’) drizzle cream and a few snipped chives, to serve Method Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Wrap a pancetta slice around each soldier. Toss with a little […]

Chicken tikka burgers

Ingredients 6 small chicken breasts 6 burger buns (we used ciabatta) For the marinade 2 tbsp tomato purée 200g pot Greek yogurt thumb-sized piece ginger, very finely grated 4 garlic cloves, very finely grated or crushed 2 tbsp garam masala ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper juice 1 lemon, plus wedges to […]

Easy peasy risotto

Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus a drizzle 1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 200g risotto rice 1l hot chicken or vegetable stock 300g frozen peas 25g Italian-style hard cheese (pecorino, Parmesan or vegetarian alternative), grated juice and zest 1 lemon 2 slices leftover bread (a few days old is best) 2 frozen red […]

Polenta & mushroom tart

Ingredients 25g butter, plus extra for greasing 850ml vegetable stock 200g quick-cook polenta 50g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves finely chopped 500g chestnut mushrooms, halved small bunch thyme, leaves only 2 tbsp olive oil 125g ball mozzarella, drained large handful rocket 1 tsp balsamic vinegar Method Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas […]