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Hello Welcome to our Autumn edition of Feel Good Food. There’s something about the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness which really

gets me back into the kitchen to do proper cooking! By that I mean comfort food, baking and slow cooking,

EASY

as opposed to the salads and grills of

PREPARE AHEAD

summer (which I also love, by the way!). So I hope we’ve enough warming

FREEZABLE

dishes in this issue to tempt you.

Practical stuff  We use measuring spoons and all quantities are level.  All eggs are medium and free-range.  Use metric or imperial weights and measures; don’t mix the two.  We don’t specify salt and pepper in our ingredients list, but we always tell you to season food. The use, or not, of salt is up to you.  Each recipe has been nutritionally analysed. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calories is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. The RDA for fat is 70g for women (no more than 20g saturated) and 95g for men (no more than 30g saturated).  Ovens vary in temperature, so you may want to invest in an oven thermometer.  The size of a cake is measured on the diameter on the base of the tin.  Cakes are better if baked on the middle shelf.  We always use humanely reared meat, poultry and game in our recipes.

Our cover star is a must-cook, such a deliciously

moist apple

cake, they will be coming back for seconds! We’ve enlisted some new cooks and chefs, too, who have all released some fabulous books this year, and – as ever – we have cut

out calories where we don’t think they are needed, but

without compromising on taste and flavour. And talking of flavour, check out our section on curry

and spice – you are bound to find some new favourites!

And if you like what you see, why not subscribe to receive each issue delivered to your door, or your tablet for that matter. See our great offer on page 104.

Jane Curran, Food Director, woman&home

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In this issue…

IN SEASON: SQUASH 12 12 12 12

Warm squash and quinoa salad Sticky squash with ice cream Bacon-wrapped roast squash Pumpkin soup with bacon and crème fraîche

MIDWEEK EASY 18 18 18

Mushroom and sugar-snap stir-fry Mixed steak grill Bolognese with vegetable spaghetti

CHEFS’ RECIPES 14

John Gregory-Smith’s Wild rice, kale,

chilli and pomegranate salad 34 Anna Jones’ Courgetti with pistachio, green herbs and ricotta 50 Annie Rigg’s Crème caramels with Marsala baked pears 66 Jennifer Joyce’s Prawns with chorizo, chilli, lemon and parsley 84 Katie Quinn Davies’ Chia-seed quiche with trout and potato 102 Chris Honor’s Chicken, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chilli, rosemary 122 Jo Pratt’s Apple, cranberry and walnut gluten-free loaf

24 Chorizo and chard pasta 24 Roast turbot with salsa verde and pumpkin 24 Fishcakes with a twist 27 Poussin with sumac and lemon 27 Pissaladière 27 Egg and bacon omelette 30 Sticky glazed chicken sticks 30 Quick baked mushrooms with goats’ cheese 30 Spaghetti with parsley and prawns

54 Chicken tikka masala 60 Korean marinated chicken with noodles 60 Malaysian duck in lettuce cups 60 Chinese chicken 63 Thai chicken curry with aubergine and green beans 63 Bangladeshi aubergine and courgette curry 64 Sichuan pepper and salt squid with plum dipping sauce

DELICIOUS PUDS

WEEKEND FOOD

38 Marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding 38 Mascarpone risotto with blueberry compote swirl 38 Caramelised clementine risotto 44 Rustic apple tart 44 Caramel-topped citrus cheesecake 44 Salted caramel chocolate pots 48 Fruit and nut strudel 48 No-bake truffle crunch 48 Rolo cheesecake

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CURRY AND SPICE 54 Turkey and butternut squash curry 54 Lamb rogan josh with yellow dhal

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Smoked haddock and leek tartlets Baba ghanoush Salsa Pea fritters Plaice in hazelnut brown butter with samphire Shellfish salad Brined chicken with cider, pears and pumpkin Spiced red cabbage with juniper and bay Roast carrots with cumin Roasted root vegetables with honey and cumin Swiss chard Roast salmon parcel with lemon and dill


80 Beetroot, potato and Taleggio gratin 80 Slow-roast shoulder of pork with fennel seeds and chilli 83 Pulled pork with fennel and mustard 83 Mussels with dry sherry, garlic and thyme

116 117 118 118 121 121

Treacle pecan tart Pear, plum and ginger crumble cake Best choc chip cookies Parkin with apple and star anise Gluten-free loaf Toasted teacakes

ONE POT COMFORT

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6 8 13 73 104 124 126 128 132 134 137 139 140

Filo-topped fish pie Green veg risotto Cheese gratin Gardener’s pie with bacon and lentils Crab and prawn cannelloni Vegetable paella Osso bucco with gremolata Turkey meatballs Beef meatballs in Guinness with horseradish dumplings 101 Smoked haddock and Cheddar “hot pot”

DELICIOUS BAKES 108 108 108 113 113 114 114

Plum and marzipan cake Ham and blue cheese whirls Marble cake Apple and almond cake Chocolate almond cupcakes Jammy love dodgers Plum Linzertorte

Meet our guest chefs What’s in season? Eat smart: 10 storecupboard essentials Wine choice: 10 of the best autumn reds Subscribe to Feel Good Food Subscribe to woman&home The best free-from buys Stylish autumn dining Choose the best autumn kitchen kit Gourmet getaway – Turkey Win a luxury foodie break for two 12 superb wines for half price Our VIP producers and favourite online and mail-order food suppliers 146 The recipe list

On the cover!  Apple and almond cake

see page 113 Cover photograph Myles New Recipe and food styling Jane Curran Prop styling Sue Rowlands All other photographs timeincukcontent.com

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Meet our contributors…

Jo Pratt

Anna Jones

Chris Honor

Cook, food stylist and best-selling author, Jo has written six cookbooks, including The Nation’s Favourite Food and In the Mood for Entertaining. After graduating in home economics at John Moore’s University in Liverpool, Jo went on to work for Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, John Torode and Gary Rhodes. Last year she joined up with fellow chefs Sophie Michell, Gee Charman and Caroline Artiss to launch The Gorgeous Kitchen, a contemporary restaurant specialising in global cuisine at Heathrow’s Terminal 2. In her latest book, Jo whips up simple, healthy meals that everyone can enjoy – accompanied by her usual handy tips. There is no calorie counting or diet advice, just fresh ingredients bursting with flavour and goodness.

Anna quit her office job after reading an article about following your passion. She signed up to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen apprentice programme and went on to be part of Jamie’s food team, writing, styling and working on books and TV shows for seven years. Anna has worked with some of the country’s best-loved cooks and chefs, including Antonio Carluccio, Mary Berry and Yotam Ottolenghi. She now works as a freelance stylist and food writer in London. Her first solo book, A Modern Way To Eat, offered quick, healthy and fresh vegetarian recipes, and the follow-up, A Modern Way To Cook, features 150 simple meat-free meals. There are super-quick mid-week options which take just 15 minutes, as well as dishes that you can linger over – all of which are delicious and easy to make.

Chef Chris Honor opened Chriskitch, a small eatery in Muswell Hill, London, in 2013. With no menu, it serves just soups, salads and sweet and savoury bakes during the day, and this simple, straightforward approach has been the key to its success. During his diverse career, Chris worked all over the world and with famous names such as Gordon Ramsay and Henry Brosi. He managed a team of 120 at The Dorchester, but wanted to return to his own cooking roots, which led him to opening Chriskitch. Combining his Australian upbringing – he was born in Sydney – with his classical French training, Chris creates wonderfully flavourful food in the cafe. The recipes can be found in his book, Chriskitch Big Flavours, which he put together with food writer Laura Washburn Hutton.

Jo Pratt’s In The Mood For Healthy Food (Nourish Books, £20)

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Anna Jones’ A Modern Way To Cook (Fourth Estate, £25)

Chris Honor and Laura Washburn Hutton’s Chriskitch Big Flavours (Mitchell Beazley, £25)

Katie Quinn Davies

Food photographer, home cook and blogger Katie enjoyed massive success with her first book, What Katie Ate, which was translated into 10 languages. In her second book, Katie focuses on weekend eating and what she loves doing most – cooking for her family and friends. The Irish cook, who originally worked as a graphic designer, lives in Sydney, Australia, so there are plenty of ideas for alfresco entertaining, with colourful sharing salads and marinated meats ready for the barbecue. There are also mouthwatering Sunday lunches, informal meals for friends, plus classics, such as chilli con carne – all given Katie’s unique spin, and the party section allows you to impress guests with delicious finger food and cocktails. Katie Quinn Davies’ What Katie Ate At The Weekend… (Saltyard Books, £25)


CONTRIBUTORS

John Gregory-Smith

Jennifer Joyce Renowned food writer and stylist Jennifer runs cookery courses at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine and Divertimenti. American-born Jennifer has lived in the UK for more than 20 years and initially honed her skills in catering and cooking in a Notting Hill cafe before moving into freelance magazine work. She loves to travel and her tenth cookery book, My Street Food Kitchen, is inspired by the aromas, flavours and theatrics of the street food she experienced on her journeys around South America, Asia, the Middle East and, of course, the US. The result is a smorgasbord of international cuisine, from slow-cooked baby back ribs, ceviche and prawn dumplings to mango lassi ice lollies and sticky date cake. There are also handy “get ahead” tips included. Jennifer Joyce’s My Street Food Kitchen (Murdoch Books, £18.99)

Chef and food writer John specialises in Turkish cuisine. His partner is Turkish and he has explored the country extensively over the last 10 years. John gave up a job in the city as he knew his passion was in food. He travelled all over the world in search of perfect recipes for his first book, Mighty Spice Cookbook, which was followed up with Mighty Spice Express. His latest offering, Turkish Delights, takes you on a culinary journey through the fascinating country. He shares his enthusiasm and the knowledge he gained during his travels with 100 regional dishes, so you can enjoy the authentic flavours of traditional Turkish food at your kitchen table.

John GregorySmith’s Turkish Delights (Kyle Books, £19.99)

Annie Rigg Annie is a bestselling author, freelance food stylist and recipe writer. She has written 14 cookbooks, including Macarons and Sweet Things. During her extensive career, Annie has cooked for famous singers and bands on tour, and has worked with household names, including Mary Berry, Rachel Allen, Phil Vickery and Xanthe Clay. In her new book, Summer Berries & Autumn Fruits, she has created 120 sweet and savoury recipes, and demonstrates how fruit can be at the centre of your dining experience. Chapters cover Citrus, Berries & Soft Fruit, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit Annie Rigg’s and Orchard Fruits, Summer Berries so you can easily find & Autumn Fruits (Kyle Books, a recipe for which £19.99) fruits are in season, or look up your favourites to enjoy them in a new way.


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What’s in season?

Home-grown produce is still abundant at this time of year, so look out for local fruit and vegetables, especially mushrooms of all shapes and sizes

BRITISH FRUIT & VEG Avoid bruised fruit and make sure the veg you buy is fresh and firm, not limp and rough-looking!  BEANS (RUNNER AND BROAD) There won’t be too many about now, so enjoy them steamed, tossed in a little butter or olive oil and freshly ground black pepper. Delicious!  BEETROOT Have it in soups, salads or just on its own, grated when warm. You can boil it, but we

Autumn icon  BLACKBERRIES Wild berries have a superior taste and you’ll often see people picking from the hedgerows in the countryside. Alternatively, find a PYO farm or try the local farmers’ market – and buy plenty, as they freeze really well.

love it roasted – or buy it already cooked and vacuum-packed (without vinegar).  BLACKCURRANTS Although they are coming to an end, these freeze really well, so it’s worth buying extra to go into winter crumbles and cobblers.  BROCCOLI Whether you like it cooked until soft or al dente, broccoli is packed full of nutrients and goes really well with salty flavours. So try some with anchovies and olive oil, or serve with feta.  CARROTS Look out for little fat Chantenay carrots, which are famous for their sweet flavour. Larger types can be served with chopped fresh dill, parsley or chives.  COURGETTES Best roasted, griddled or lightly sauteéd in olive oil, they can be added to stir-fries, risottos or pasta sauces. Buy them as small and firm as you can.  DAMSONS They may not be widely available, but they are certainly worth seeking out (try farmers’ markets and good supermarkets). Try in a jam, chutney or a cobbler, they also make a fine gin in place of sloes.  FENNEL Trim off the ends of the stalk and the top leaves, cut it in half or thirds, then steam, roast, braise or stir-fry. With its strong aniseed flavour, you’ll either love or hate it!

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 GOOSEBERRIES Often neglected because of their sharp flavour, they make a fantastic crumble, as well as a sour compote that cuts through the oiliness of mackerel.  GREENGAGES Again, not widely popular, but fantastic in a jam or used in a cake in place of plums.  KALE Now known as a superfood, kale is an important source of calcium, B vitamins and antioxidants. Steam, then serve with butter or olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.  MUSHROOMS It’s the peak of the wild mushroom season right now, but unless you know what you’re looking for, stick to searching for them on the supermarket shelves!  PLUMS At their best now and plentiful, so make the most of them, baked or poached, or cooked in crumbles, pies and cobblers.

BUY LOCAL As well as being more environmentally sound and cost effective, you’ll be supporting your local producers, too. So try the farmers’ markets, farm shops and independent greengrocers around where you live, before heading to the supermarkets. You’ll get the freshest produce, plus it makes food shopping a lot more fun!


FRESH IDEAS

 APPLES From September onwards, there are English apples of every shade and flavour. You can use eating apples to cook with, too, as the fruit will keep its shape, although it won’t be as fluffy as a Bramley.


Further afield  FIGS A true Mediterranean delight at this time of year, just make sure you buy fully ripe fruit, as they don’t ripen after being picked. Baked, then drizzled with honey and served with crème fraîche, they are divine – and, of course, fresh figs go so well with salty prosciutto.

 POTATOES The main crop is around throughout autumn and winter, so look for Cara, Desiree, Golden Wonder and King Edward.  RASPBERRIES Still at their best due to the long season, raspberries should be treated with respect. So avoid cooking them, when they usually lose their flavour – enjoy them on their own with just a dollop of yogurt.  SPINACH High in vitamin B and antioxidants, it needs to be washed really well to remove any soil or grit before cooking.  SQUASHES Butternut squash is the most common in the supermarkets, but you may find a huge variety at farmers’ markets, which can be baked, roasted, stuffed, puréed or fried. Just check they are edible first, as some (especially large “Halloween pumpkins”) are sold just for decoration.

Meat, fish and seafood

SUSTAINABILITY It’s the retailers and fishmongers who are working hard to ensure their fish is being sourced from sustainable fisheries, so buy from a supplier you trust.  CORNISH BRILL A mild-flavoured flat fish that can be huge – one will feed three people! Easy to bake whole in the oven for 15-20 minutes, brushed with a little oil. Serve with lemon.  CORNISH MACKEREL AND SARDINES Go for the freshest you can find and stick it on the barbecue on a sunny autumn day (they do tend to stink out a kitchen). Just serve with a salad and a bottle of dry white wine.

 TURNIPS AND SWEDE Autumn favourites, they are both excellent when mashed with a little butter, crème fraîche and black pepper.

 CRAB Still at their best until the end of October, buying pre-cooked whole crab from a trusted fishmonger is recommended, as dispatching live animals is quite a process – and never throw them into boiling water!

 WATERCRESS Hugely versatile, you can use it to make soup, wilt it down into pasta, or make a pesto-style purée with olive oil – perfect with lamb or beef.

 LAMB Born later in the year, Welsh and Scottish lamb from the uplands are lower in fat and full of flavour, as they live far more energetic lives than their southern cousins!

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 MALLARD DUCK, PARTRIDGE AND WOOD PIGEON Wild game birds are available from September and the meat is low in fat and cholesterol. Buy them ready prepared from your local butcher. Mallard is quite gamey and not to everyone’s taste, but partridge is milder and wood pigeon breasts are fantastic in a warm salad.  PLAICE Mild, delicate and so very easy to cook – just lightly grill and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.  SCOTTISH MUSSELS Look for them from early September, scraping off the beards and any barnacles before steaming and serving with some fresh crusty bread. Beautiful.

PHOTOGRAPHS JON ASHFORD, POLLY ELTES, CHRIS ALACK, IAN GARLICK, PAUL RAESIDE, MARTIN POOLE, CHARLIE RICHARDS

 ARTICHOKES A fresh artichoke, properly prepared and served with hollandaise, is a memorable culinary experience. The best come from France – just look for tightly packed, crisp green or purple globes that feel heavy for their size.


IN SEASON  IN FOCUS

Sticky squash with ice cream

Warm squash and quinoa salad

4 delicious squash dishes Make the most of this seriously underrated vegetable with these simple recipes

Pumpkin soup with bacon and crème fraîche

Bacon-wrapped roast squash


Warm squash and quinoa salad

Sticky squash with ice cream

Can’t find gem squash? You could use one harlequin squash, instead.

You could add slivers of stem ginger to the squash before serving.

READY IN 30 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

READY IN 20 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY

 2 gem squash or 1⁄2 butternut squash (or a mixture), peeled and cut

 45g unsalted butter

into wedges  1 red onion, cut into thin wedges  4tbsp olive oil  400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained  200g red and white quinoa with bulgur wheat  4tbsp white wine vinegar  2tsp caster sugar  8tbsp chopped fresh coriander  125g feta  lemon wedges, to serve (optional)

 400g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 5mm-thick slices, quartered  2tbsp sugar  grated zest and juice of 1 orange  vanilla ice cream, to serve

1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Put the squash and onion wedges in a roasting tin. Sprinkle with 2tbsp oil and roast for 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas to one side of the tin and roast for a further 15 minutes. 2 Add the quinoa to a pan with 600ml boiling water. Bring back to the boil, then cook, covered, over a low heat for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and leave for 5 minutes until the water is absorbed. 3 Mix the rest of the oil with the vinegar and sugar in a large bowl, then add the warm quinoa. Stir well, then gently stir in the roasted chickpeas, onion, coriander and seasoning. Spoon on to a platter and add the squash. 4 Crumble some of the feta over and serve the rest separately, with lemon wedges, if you like.

1 Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the squash slices, in one layer, for 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned and softened. 2 Sprinkle in the sugar and heat gently, stirring until it dissolves and starts to caramelise. 3 Add the orange zest and juice, cook for 2 minutes, then spoon the warm squash into bowls and add a scoop of ice cream. Per serving: 159 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated), 16g carbohydrate

Per serving: 340 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated), 39g carbohydrate

Bacon-wrapped roast squash

Pumpkin soup with bacon and crème fraîche

The salty bacon goes very well with the sweet squash.

A good pumpkin soup is a delight to behold, and this is one of the best.

READY IN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY

READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE

 1 butternut squash, quartered lengthways

 25g unsalted butter

 1tsp dried chilli flakes

 2 onions, thinly sliced

 12 rashers streaky bacon, stretched

 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, thinly sliced

 1 garlic bulb, halved across

 2tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to serve

 4 bay leaves

 900g chopped pumpkin flesh

 4tbsp olive oil

 1tsp soft light brown sugar

 1 rounded tbsp pumpkin seeds

 600ml semi-skimmed milk

 crusty bread, to serve

 600ml chicken or vegetable stock  4tbsp crème fraîche

1 Heat the oven to 160C, gas 3. Sprinkle the squash wedges with chilli flakes and lots of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Wrap 3 bacon rashers around each one, then put them into a roasting tin. Add the garlic and bay leaves, then drizzle with the olive oil. 2 Roast for 45 minutes, then sprinkle in the pumpkin seeds and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the squash is tender and the bacon crispy. Serve with plenty of crusty bread. Per serving: 405 calories, 31g fat (8g saturated), 15g carbohydrate

1 Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the bacon and thyme, and cook for a further 5 minutes until just beginning to colour. Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, milk and stock. Stir well and season. 2 Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Purée 3 ladlefuls of the soup, then pour back into the pan to thicken the mixture. Serve in warm bowls, topped with a dollop of crème fraîche and a scattering of thyme leaves. Per serving: 218 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated), 12g carbohydrate

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EAT SMART

10 storecupboard essentials Liven up everyday meals to make great food taste even better with our favourite buys and top tips

 Pomegranate molasses is now available in most supermarkets. It is a thick, dark liquid with a sweet/sour taste and is used in Middle Eastern cooking. But simply used, it’s delicious just drizzled on to a steak or grilled lamb, or over a goats’ cheese and beetroot salad – no dressing required!

Did you know the cheap varieties of canned tomatoes contain more water? So if you want that intense tomato flavour in pasta sauces or soups and stews, buy a good Italian brand such as Cirio. You will taste the difference.  Similarly, cheap dried pasta is a false economy – it goes soggy and sticks together. Again, look for Italian brands such as De Cecco or Barilla – the cost difference is tiny.

Only use good-quality sea salt such as Maldon, Cornish or Halen Môn from Wales. These are much purer with a clean mineral flavour, so you use less.

 There are plenty of vinegars on the shelf, but you really only need three – white wine, red wine and balsamic. An aged balsamic will be expensive, but you only need a tiny drizzle of it and you should use it on its own. If you want a balsamic for a dressing to mix with oil, just buy a reasonable one. Wine vinegars from single grape varieties are invariably great quality and worth a try.

The quality of rice you buy is just as important as pasta. Cheaper rices will contain broken grains and won’t be uniform in size – and will be soggy when cooked. So for risotto rices look for Riso Gallo, and for basmati, Tilda.  For flour, if you can, buy organic, which won’t have a bleaching agent in it (an additive which makes flour look whiter). Most good bakers swear by organic for a better product and, perhaps, because the flours come from smaller producers. Check out Shipton Mill, Doves Farm and Marriage’s.

PHOTOGRAPH RICHARD JUNG

They may divide opinion, but anchovies are an essential in our cupboard! Buy good quality in olive oil. Add to Piedmontese roasted peppers or to pasta sauce; stud a few into your roast lamb – it won’t taste fishy, but will have that wonderful umami flavour; mash with green olives and parsley to make a delicious spread for bruschetta.  The spices you have depends on your cooking style, but if you need the basics, start with coriander and cumin seeds, garam masala, chilli powder, ground cinnamon, black peppercorns and smoked paprika.

Oils don’t have a long shelf life. Our essentials would be a really delicious extra virgin oil for drizzling; olive oil and sunflower oil, toasted sesame oil and groundnut oil for Oriental cooking.


IN SEASON with John Gregory-Smith

JOHN GREGORY-SMITH’S Wild rice, kale, chilli and pomegranate salad

READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 4-6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD “THERE ARE LOADS OF FABULOUS MODERN SALADS THAT MAKE THE MOST OF THE TANTALISING TURKISH INGREDIENTS,” SAYS JOHN. “MASSES OF FRESH FRAGRANT HERBS, SEASONAL VEGETABLES AND NUTTY WHOLE GRAINS. GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF OLIVE OIL AND LEMON JUICE ARE USED TO MAKE A BASIC DRESSING, GIVING EVERYTHING A WONDERFULLY TART FLAVOUR. YOU CAN SEE WHY I HAVE FALLEN FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL CUISINE.”

 350g mix of black, red, brown and white rice  150g kale  a handful of finely chopped dill  2 handfuls of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves  a handful of finely chopped mint leaves  1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped  200g pomegranate seeds  55g walnuts, lightly crushed for the dressing  4 tablespoons olive oil  3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses  juice of 1 lemon  1 teaspoon caster sugar  1 teaspoon sumac  sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Cook the rice in a large pan of boiling water according to packet instructions, starting with the variety that takes the longest and adding the rest at appropriate times so that they all cook perfectly. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Set aside to drain. 2 Meanwhile, cook the kale for 2-3 minutes in a large pan of boiling water. Drain and refresh under cold running water. When cold, drain thoroughly and squeeze out the excess water with your hands. 3 Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. 4 Put the drained rice in a large mixing bowl and add the kale, fresh herbs, chilli and half the pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Pour in three quarters of the dressing and mix everything together thoroughly. 5 Tip the salad onto a serving dish and pour over the remaining dressing. Top with the remaining pomegranate seeds and walnuts and serve immediately.

JOHN GREGORY-SMITH’S TURKISH DELIGHTS (Kyle Books, £19.99) John Gregory-Smith is a talented cook and travel writer. In his new book John celebrates the best of the country’s food with 100 regional dishes, giving each one his simple, modern spin. Forget greasy late-night doner kebabs – John offers the Iskender kebab filled with finely sliced rib-eye steak, hot tomato sauce and garlicky yogurt. Other tempting dishes include Ilgin beef kofta and Ottoman-inspired Pepper dolma.

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EXTRACTED FROM TURKISH DELIGHTS BY JOHN GREGORY-SMITH, PUBLISHED BY KYLE BOOKS PHOTOGRAPH MARTIN POOLE

This hearty salad is a very modern recipe that is packed with superfoods and classic Turkish ingredients. I love the combination of the mixed rice – using black, red, brown and white gives the salad a variety of colours, textures and flavours. Turkish staples dill, parsley, mint, pomegranate seeds and walnuts add flavour, and the addition of kale gives it a light, modern twist. The dressing uses sumac to give an extra sour note. A little pinch of this ground red berry is a lovely way to introduce more depth of flavour to any salad dressing.


“Using black, red, brown and white rice gives the salad a variety of colours, textures and flavours” John Gregory-Smith’s Wild rice, kale, chilli and pomegranate salad


MIDWEEK EASY The last thing you want on a weeknight is to spend hours in the kitchen. What you need are simple meals that taste great and take next to no time to prepare

So forget about popping the film on that ready meal – pop these into the oven, instead

PHOTOGRAPH MYLES NEW PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS

From grilled steak to roasted turbot, stuffed mushrooms to creamy pasta, there is something for everyone, and all the dishes are lighter than usual, too


These wonderful dishes prove that the best midweek meals are not only easy, they taste so good, you’ll come back to them, probably on a Friday night! Mushroom and sugarsnap stir-fry A great choice if you’re pushed for time, and much healthier than a ready meal. READY IN 20 MINUTES SERVES 2 EASY

Mixed steak grill This lighter version of the old favourite swaps chips for sweet potatoes. READY IN 35 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  3 sweet potatoes, peeled

 3tbsp sesame oil  4 spring onions, sliced  2 garlic cloves, chopped  2.5cm piece root ginger, peeled and

finely chopped  100g beansprouts  100g shiitake mushrooms, sliced  50g each button and oyster mushrooms, wiped and halved  100g sugar snaps, topped, tailed and halved  noodles and light soy sauce, to serve

1 Heat the oil in a wok, add the onions, garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the beansprouts and mushrooms and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes. 2 Tip in the sugar snaps and cook until tender. Serve with noodles and drizzle with soy sauce. Per serving: 208 calories, 17g fat (2.5g saturated fat), 6g carbohydrate

4 speedy ideas... ...when cooking stir-fries 1 Stir-frying is fast, so choose tender cuts of meat. Fish and prawns work well, too. 2 Make sure that all the ingredients are ready before you begin cooking. 3 An overcrowded wok will reduce the temperature and prevent browning. If necessary, cook in two batches. 4 Make sure that washed veg has been drained really well. If wet, it can rapidly reduce the temperature in the wok.

 few squirts of olive oil spray (eg, Frylight Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Cal Spray)  4 portobello mushrooms  1 garlic clove, crushed  20 cherry tomatoes on the vine  4 x 125g rump steaks, trimmed of fat  sprigs of watercress, to serve

1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Cut the sweet potatoes into finger-sized chips and spray with 4 squirts of olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes. 2 Arrange the mushrooms in a roasting tin, season and top with garlic. Squirt each mushroom once with olive oil spray and add 1tsp water to each. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tin. Bake at the same hot temperature for 10 minutes. 3 While the vegetables are roasting, heat a griddle pan until very hot. Spray the steaks with a little olive oil and season well. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, then remove to a warmed plate and rest for 5 minutes. Serve with the veg and a little watercress. Per serving: 363 calories, 7g fat (2.5g saturated fat), 18g carbohydrate

Try this Drizzle the mushrooms and tomatoes with a little sherry or balsamic when roasted to really lift the flavour

Bolognese with vegetable spaghetti Spiralizers may be all the rage, but this way of making veggie spaghetti works just as well. READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE (BOLOGNESE ONLY)  few squirts of olive oil spray (eg, Frylight Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Cal Spray)  400g extra-lean minced beef  1tsp steak seasoning (eg, Schwartz)  1 red onion, chopped  1 garlic clove, crushed  1 celery stick, chopped  1 red pepper, chopped  100g mushrooms, sliced  400g can cherry tomatoes  3tbsp tomato purée  200ml red wine or beef stock for the spaghetti  1 vegetable Stock Pot  4 carrots, cut into thin strands  4 courgettes, cut into thin strands

1 Heat a large, non-stick frying pan and spray with a few squirts of olive oil. Add the mince, season with black pepper, then add the steak seasoning. Fry for 10 minutes to brown. 2 Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, to soften. Stir in the garlic, celery, red pepper and mushrooms, and cook for a further 2 minutes. 3 Pour in the tomatoes, tomato purée and red wine or stock. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes until the meat is tender. 4 Meanwhile, put the Stock Pot into a large pan with boiling water, add the carrots and courgettes, and cook for 2 minutes, to soften. Drain and serve with the Bolognese sauce. Per serving: 300 calories, 7g fat (2.5g saturated fat), 18g carbohydrate


PHOTOGRAPH CHARLIE RICHARDS

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 GREAT FOR VEGANS

 Cooks in 20 minutes Mushroom and sugar-snap stir-fry

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A well-cooked steak with all the trimmings – sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that make the best dishes

 Cooks in 35 minutes Mixed steak grill (recipe page 18)


EASY MIDWEEK

Try this

PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK

Use a julienne peeler (now readily available) to create these tiny spaghetti-like vegetable strands

Bolognese with vegetable spaghetti (recipe page 18)

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EASY MIDWEEK

Try this

Chorizo and chard pasta (recipe page 24)

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PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK, JONATHAN GREGSON

The chorizo can be replaced with bacon lardons and a good pinch of sweet paprika, if preferred


You can vary the salsa herbs – try adding a little tarragon or a more generous amount of coriander or chervil 4 speedy ideas... ...with salsa verde Literally “green sauce”, this is a punchy, fresh herb sauce that can be whizzed up in minutes. Serve with: 1 Any grilled fish, especially salmon, mackerel or sardines. 2 Roast lamb, grilled steaks and the humble sausage. 3 Steamed green beans, potatoes and cauliflower. Also a great dip for roasties. 4 A simple poached chicken with veg. Roast turbot with salsa verde and pumpkin (recipe page 24)


Many people worry about cooking fish, but our turbot recipe couldn’t be easier. Or you could try the fishcakes, which come with a beautifully zingy sauce Chorizo and chard pasta Chifferi rigati – small bent tubes – is great for picking up the crème fraîche. READY IN 15 MINUTES SERVES 3-4 EASY  200g chifferi rigati pasta (or your favourite shape)  200g pack fresh chard  200g pack chorizo, sliced (we used Unearthed 4 x 50g sausages)  4tbsp crème fraîche  about 4tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

1 Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Roughly cut up the chard leaves and add to the pasta for the last minute, so they wilt. 2 Meanwhile, heat a frying pan, add the chorizo and cook for a few minutes to crisp up. 3 Drain the pasta and leaves, keeping a little cooking water, then mix in the crème fraîche to coat the pasta. 4 Add the chorizo and half the Parmesan, season well and drizzle with the coloured oil from the chorizo, or with some olive oil. Serve with the rest of the Parmesan. Per serving: 677 508 calories, 37 27g fat (17-13g saturated fat), 52-39g carbohydrate

4 speedy ideas... ...with chard 1 Chard can be used to replace spinach in recipes, although it will take a couple of extra minutes to cook. 2 Stir-fry with a little grated ginger, chopped chillies and garlic, then sprinkle with toasted sesame oil when cooked. 3 Finely slice and add to chunky bean and pasta soups 4 Goes so well with cheese gratins, fish pies, stews and curries.

Roast turbot with salsa verde and pumpkin If you can’t find pumpkin, butternut squash is a good substitute here. READY IN 35 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY

Fishcakes with a twist Ready-made mash helps cut down the cooking time. READY IN 25 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  2 x 150g skinless, boneless salmon fillets

for the pumpkin  600g pumpkin (or squash), peeled, deseeded and cubed  3tbsp olive oil  large pinch of dried chilli flakes for the salsa verde  1 garlic clove  1tbsp capers, rinsed  2 fat anchovy fillets, roughly chopped  2 heaped tsp Dijon mustard  2 large handfuls of flat-leaved parsley, leaves removed  small handful of mint leaves  1tbsp olive oil  1tbsp red wine vinegar for the fish  4 x 175-200g turbot fillets  4 sprigs of rosemary  4tbsp olive oil

1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Spread out the pumpkin on a baking tray and coat with the oil, chilli flakes and plenty of salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway through, until soft and browned. 2 Meanwhile, make the salsa. Place the garlic, capers, anchovy fillets, mustard and herbs in a food processor and blitz briefly until roughly chopped. Gradually add the olive oil and red wine vinegar until you have a thick green sauce. Remove to a bowl, season and set aside. 3 Put the turbot fillets and rosemary in a roasting tin, well-spaced apart. Drizzle with olive oil, season and roast for 5-8 minutes. Serve with the salsa verde spooned over the top and the pumpkin on the side. Per serving: 391 calories, 27g fat (4.5g saturated fat), 3g carbohydrate

 300ml hot vegetable stock  400g pack mashed potato  zest of 2 lemons, plus juice to taste  2tbsp chopped dill  50g watercress, plus extra to serve  100ml double cream  10 cornichons (or 3 gherkins), chopped  1tbsp capers, rinsed, drained and chopped  1 egg, beaten  50g breadcrumbs  4tbsp vegetable oil, for frying  fries or oven chips, to serve

1 Poach the salmon fillets in the stock for 5-10 minutes, until just cooked, reserving the liquor. Flake and add to the mash with the zest of 1 lemon, half the dill and seasoning. Mix well, divide into 8 balls and chill in the freezer for 5 minutes. 2 To make the sauce, whizz the watercress with 100ml poaching liquor from the salmon. Transfer to a pan with the cream, cornichons, capers and remaining dill. Heat gently, season and add remaining lemon zest and some juice to taste. 3 Flatten each fishcake a little, dip in the beaten egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the fishcakes in 2 batches for 2-3 minutes each side, until golden and piping hot. Serve with the sauce, fries and extra watercress. Per serving: 517 calories, 37g fat (13g saturated fat), 24g carbohydrate


PHOTOGRAPH CHARLIE RICHARDS

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 MEAT FREE

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EASY MIDWEEK

Try this

 Cooks in 55 minutes Poussin with sumac and lemon

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PHOTOGRAPH CHARLIE RICHARDS

If you have trouble finding sumac, then try za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend made with thyme, sesame, sumac and salt


If you’re rushed off your feet, the poussin and omelette recipes will be just the thing. However, if cooking is your way to chill out after a hard day, try the pissaladière Poussin with sumac and lemon Serve one bird per person if you’re hungry or half a bird each if you’re not big eaters. READY IN 55 MINUTES SERVES 2-4 EASY  2 poussin  a little olive oil  2tsp sumac  1 lemon  2tbsp fresh chopped parsley

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Place the birds in a small roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the sumac over the breasts of the poussin. 2 Cut the lemon into wedges and place in the roasting tin with the birds 3 Roast for 45 minutes until golden brown and tender. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then serve sprinkled with the parsley. Per serving: 318 calories, 3.5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0g carbohydrate

4 speedy ideas... ...with storecupboard ingredients 1 Curry pastes are great for rustling up a quick supper. Add ready cooked chicken, prawns or vegetables. 2 Canned butter-beans, warmed through with garlic and crème fraîche, are a healthy alternative to mash. 3 Eggs, packed with protein and flavour, are the perfect answer for a quick supper, from a simple cheese omelette to egg fried rice. 4 Dried noodles and a few seasonings can create a soothing supper. Stir-fry Tenderstem broccoli, pak choi and spring onions with garlic; dress with sesame oil and soy; toss through cooked noodles.

Pissaladière Originally from Nice, use a ciabatta bread mix to save time. READY IN 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES, PLUS PROVING SERVES 8 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD for the pizza dough  250g strong white bread flour  250g plain white flour  7g sachet easy-bake yeast  2tsp salt  3tbsp olive oil for the topping  50g butter  4 large onions, thinly sliced  3tbsp olive oil (optional)  2 x 50g cans anchovies, rinsed if you prefer  32 black olives, whole or pitted  lots of sprigs of thyme

5 Spread the onions over each base, leaving a thin border. Halve the anchovy fillets lengthways. Arrange them on top in a criss-cross pattern. Add the olives and thyme, season with black pepper, then bake for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, slice and serve immediately. Per serving: 424 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 55g carbohydrate

Egg and bacon omelette Make sure you use the freshest freerange eggs and the best bacon for this. READY IN 15 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY  10 eggs  8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, halved  25g butter  100g feta

1 Mix the flours, yeast and salt in a food mixer with a dough hook. Pour in 300ml warm water and the oil. Mix on medium speed until all the ingredients are incorporated, then slow speed for about 8 minutes to make a smooth, silky dough. Or knead by hand for 10 minutes. 2 Shape into a round and put in a clean bowl, then cover with clingfilm. Leave it to rise until doubled in size – for about 45-60 minutes at room temperature – while you prepare the topping. Or leave the dough in the fridge overnight. 3 To make the topping, heat the butter in a frying pan, add the onions and cook over a low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often so they don’t burn. Set aside to cool. 4 Heat the oven to 230C, gas 8. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll out each to an oblong about 28x15cm. Put them on 1 or 2 large baking sheets, lined with baking parchment, then brush with oil, if preferred.

 caperberries, to scatter  chopped parsley, to garnish  buttered toast, to serve

1 Thoroughly beat the eggs in a bowl with a little salt and plenty of pepper. Heat a medium-sized frying pan. Once hot, fry the bacon rashers until crisp and golden. Remove from the pan. 2 Melt the butter in the pan, pour in the eggs and cook gently, pushing the cooked mixture from around the edges into the centre. Once the eggs are beginning to set, scatter with the bacon. Crumble over the feta and pop under a preheated grill to lightly set the top. 3 Sprinkle with caperberries and scatter with parsley. Serve with a stack of buttered toast. Per serving: 318 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 0g carbohydrate


 MEAT FREE

 Cooks in 1 hour 15 minutes Pissaladière (recipe page 27)


EASY MIDWEEK

Try this

PHOTOGRAPHS TONY BRISCOE, LAURA EDWARDS

For a meat-free version replace the bacon with sliced, cooked chestnut mushrooms and fresh thyme leaves

Egg and bacon omelette (recipe page 27)

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If you’re searching for something a little different for a weekday, try the family on one of these recipes. They certainly make a change from meat and two veg! Sticky glazed chicken sticks This would make a great dish for a buffet dinner party, too. READY IN 50 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING SERVES 6 EASY

Try this If you can’t find large field mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms will work just as well

Spaghetti with parsley and prawns Pasta dishes are always a winner and these fresh flavours shine through. READY IN 15 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  400g spaghetti

 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 2tbsp olive oil

and 6 chicken thighs, scored and cut into chunks  grated rind and juice of both 1 lemon and 1 lime  3tbsp maple syrup  3tbsp light soy sauce  1-2tbsp chilli sauce  75g unsalted butter for the sauce  6tbsp Hoisin sauce  1tbsp light sweet soy sauce  1tbsp toasted sesame seeds  2tbsp chopped fresh coriander you will need  wooden skewers and a griddle pan

 400g raw king prawns

1 Arrange the chicken in a shallow non-metallic dish. Heat together the grated rind and juice of the lemon and lime, maple syrup, soy sauce, chilli sauce and butter until melted and combined. Leave to cool. 2 Pour the cooled glaze over the chicken, toss and leave to stand for 1 hour, turning occasionally. Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Thread the chicken on to the skewers, preheat the griddle and cook the chicken sticks in batches of 4-6 for 10 minutes, turning frequently. 3 Transfer the sticks to the oven and cook for about 25 minutes, brushing with some extra glaze. Stir together the ingredients for the sauce and serve with the chicken. Per serving: 385 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 8g carbohydrate

Quick baked mushrooms with goats’ cheese Whether you go for mild or strong, look for British goats’ cheese! READY IN 25 MINUTES SERVES 2 EASY  4 large field mushrooms  2tsp olive oil  ½ x 290g jar Sacla Peperonata Antipasto  120g goats’ cheese log, sliced into 8 rounds  2tbsp pesto  salad leaves, to serve

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Put the mushrooms on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and season with plenty of black pepper. Bake for 10 minutes until the mushrooms are starting to soften. 2 Remove from the oven, divide the peperonata between the mushrooms, top with rounds of goats’ cheese and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Drizzle over the pesto and serve 2 mushrooms per person with some salad leaves. Per serving: 366 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 7g carbohydrate

 2 garlic cloves  1tsp ready chopped chilli (we like English Provender Very Lazy Red Chillies)  juice of 1 lemon  2tbsp capers, rinsed  handful of parsley, leaves finely chopped

1 Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan and add the olive oil. When hot, add the prawns with plenty of seasoning and cook on a high heat for a couple of minutes, then add the garlic and chilli, and cook for 2 more minutes, before adding the lemon juice and capers. 2 Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir through the prawn mixture with the parsley, a drizzle more olive oil and some seasoning. Serve immediately. Per serving: 507 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 70g carbohydrate

Pasta know-how 1 Always use a large deep pan for cooking pasta, as this will prevent the pasta clumping together. 2 Add plenty of salt to the water – it is essential for a good flavour. 3 Buy the best pasta you can afford – you will taste the difference. 4 Make sure that the water is at a full rolling boil before adding the pasta. If it sits in water that is not boiling it will go sticky and clump together.


PHOTOGRAPH CHARLIE RICHARDS

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 GREAT FOR VEGGIES

 Cooks in 25 minutes Quick baked mushrooms with goats’ cheese (recipe page 30)


EASY MIDWEEK

PHOTOGRAPHS CHARLIE RICHARDS, GARETH MORGANS

This is a ďŹ lling dish, but you may want to have some fresh crusty bread on hand to mop up the delicious juices

Try this Stir through a handful of rocket and add cherry tomatoes to the pan with the prawns  MEAT FREE Spaghetti with parsley and prawns (recipe page 30)

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MIDWEEK FOOD with Anna Jones

ANNA JONES’ Courgetti with pistachio, green herbs and ricotta

READY IN 25 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  250g ricotta cheese  3 unwaxed lemons  a good pinch of dried chilli flakes

“THE MORE I COOK SIMPLY

 1 teaspoon runny honey

– EASY PASTAS, QUICK

 60g shelled pistachios

HEARTY SALADS AND

 extra virgin olive oil

ALL-IN-ONE GRATINS –

 a small bunch of fresh mint

THE MORE I REALISE THAT

 a small bunch of fresh basil

FOOD DOESN’T NEED TO

 4 large or 6 small courgettes

BE POSH, COMPLICATED OR MADE FROM FARFLUNG INGREDIENTS TO DO US GOOD,” SAYS ANNA. “IT’S THE QUICKTO-MAKE, EVERYDAY AND WEEKNIGHT MEALS THAT WE EAT ON, SAY, TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS THAT MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES.”

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Fill and boil a kettle. 2 Turn the ricotta out of its packet on to a baking tray, grate over the zest of one lemon, sprinkle over a large pinch of dried chilli and drizzle over the honey. Put the ricotta into the oven to bake for 15 minutes, until caramelised on top. 3 Put the pistachios into the oven to toast for 3-5 minutes. Heat a frying pan on a high heat and thinly slice one of the unzested lemons, picking out and discarding any pips. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and fry the lemon slices until they are burnished and sticky.

4 Take the pistachios out of the oven and tumble into the bowl of your food processor and pick the mint and basil leaves in too. Add the juice of half the zested lemon and a good pinch of salt. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of cold water, pulse until you have a textured grassy green pesto, then transfer to a bowl. 5 Now for the courgettes. Use a julienne peeler or a spiraliser if you have one to make courgette noodles. To do this by hand, use a speed-peeler or a mandolin to peel the courgettes into long thin strips. Carefully stack the slices on top of each other and use a knife to cut them into thin strips. This is actually really easy and quick, so don’t be put off. Place in a heatproof mixing bowl, cover with boiling water from the kettle and leave to sit for 2-3 minutes. 6 Once the fried lemon slices are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them and stir them through the pesto. Remove the ricotta from the oven. 7 Drain the courgetti well and toss with the pesto. Crumble over the ricotta and finish with more lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil, if you like.

ANNA JONES’ A MODERN WAY TO COOK (Fourth Estate, £25) For Anna, cooking a meal is the single most important thing we can do for our well-being, because then we know what is going into our bodies. In this book, Anna makes delicious vegetarian food achievable on any night of the week. It’s full of recipes for anyone who wants to put dinner on the table quickly and without fuss, trips to specialist shops or too much washing up, but still eat food that tastes incredible and is doing you good.

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EXTRACTED FROM A MODERN WAY TO COOK BY ANNA JONES, PUBLISHED BY FOURTH ESTATE PHOTOGRAPH MATT RUSSELL

These vegetable noodles are quick and simple and I love eating them. I am not going to insist that you buy a spiraliser; I have one, but still often use a speed-peeler and a knife rather than getting out this gadget. A julienne peeler, which costs a couple of pounds, will do exactly the same job and take up much less cupboard space. Vegans, either leave out the ricotta or you can bake silken tofu in the same way, if you like.


Anna Jones’ Courgetti with pistachio, green herbs and ricotta

“You can leave out the ricotta or bake silken tofu in the same way, if you like”


DELICIOUS PUDS These desserts are a sight to behold and won’t last long once they reach the dinner table. Best of all, each recipe is easy to prepare – and you get to lick the spoon!

Our Rustic apple tart is autumn on a plate, or how about Fruit and nut strudel?

PHOTOGRAPH MYLES NEW PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS

As well as updates on old favourites, you can choose from three no-bake recipes, including a chocolate creation that will have them shouting for more


DESSERTS

SWEET FIX… Grown-up versions of childhood faves include two new twists on rice pudding and a boozy bread and butter marvel

Caramelised clementine risotto Once they were just for Christmas, but now you can enjoy clementines nearly all year. READY IN 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  25g unsalted butter

Mascarpone risotto with blueberry compote swirl

A dash of whisky gives a lovely richness that elevates this classic dessert into something extra special.

Keep some of the compote in reserve in case guests want to add more.

READY IN 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  150g Arborio rice

 1 round crusty white loaf

 600ml whole milk

 40g butter, softened

 2tbsp caster sugar

 4tbsp Seville orange marmalade

 125g mascarpone

 4tbsp whisky, such as Bowmore

 freshly grated nutmeg for the blueberry compote  300g blueberries  2tbsp caster sugar  lemon juice, optional, to taste

 6 organic medium eggs, beaten  500ml whole milk  100ml light double cream  6tbsp golden caster sugar

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Slice the bread, then butter one side of each piece and spread thinly with marmalade. Arrange snugly in a baking dish and drizzle over the whisky. Beat the eggs, milk, cream and sugar together and pour over. Gently push the bread down into the milk mixture and allow to soak for 10 minutes before baking. 2 Place the baking dish in a baking tin half filled with boiling water. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and the custard has set. Serve with a puddle of single cream. Per serving: 529 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated), 63g carbohydrate

Lighter idea Melt half the quantity of butter and lightly brush over the bread, and swap the whole milk for semi-skimmed

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1 Put the rice in a pan with 400ml water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the water has almost evaporated. Stir occasionally, keeping an eye on it. 2 Pour in the milk, bring back to the boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. 3 Meanwhile, make the compote. Tip the blueberries into a pan, add the sugar, 3tbsp water and lemon juice, if you like. Simmer for a few minutes, until the berries burst, then until the liquid goes syrupy. Take out some of berries first to keep some whole. 4 When the rice is tender and creamy, stir in the sugar, then fold in the mascarpone. Spoon into dishes and swirl the compote on top. Grate over some nutmeg. Per serving: 446 calories, 19g fat (13g saturated), 58g carbohydrate

 175g Arborio rice  2tbsp caster sugar  600ml whole milk  170g can evaporated milk for the clementines  6 clementines  100g granulated sugar  2tbsp Grand Marnier

1 To prepare the clementines, cut a thin slice away from the top and base of each fruit, then cut away the peel and pith, leaving the fruit whole. Cut the peel from 2 clementines into very fine strands, removing any pith. Reserve the rind from 1 clementine to add to the risotto and discard the rest. 2 Place the granulated sugar and 4tbsp water in a heavy based frying pan and cook on a gentle heat, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and cook until the syrup turns a rich amber colour, gently swirling the pan if necessary to obtain an even colour. Remove from the heat and dip the base of the pan briefly into cold water to arrest the cooking. 3 When slightly cooled, add 4tbsp water, the Grand Marnier and the finely shredded peel. Return to a gentle heat and cook for 10 minutes until the peel is soft. Add the whole clementines and cook for 5 minutes, basting with the caramel and turning over halfway through. Remove the clementines to a dish and pour over the caramel syrup. 4 To make the risotto, melt the butter in a pan, add the rice and stir to coat the grains well. Add caster sugar and reserved rind and cook on a gentle heat for 5 minutes; stir continuously. Add the whole milk and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5 Remove from the heat, remove the rind, stir through the evaporated milk and leave to settle for 5 minutes. 6 Spoon into warmed bowls, top each with a clementine and a spoonful of syrup. Per serving: 367 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated), 57g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPH LAURA EDWARDS

Marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding


Marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding


DESSERTS

Lighter idea Omit the evaporated milk and use semiskimmed in place of the whole milk Caramelised clementine risotto (recipe page 38)

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PHOTOGRAPHS IAN GARLICK

If you’re not keen on blueberries, try an apple and cinnamon compote with a handful of wild blackberries  GLUTEN FREE Mascarpone risotto with blueberry compote swirl (recipe page 38)


PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK, CHARLIE RICHARDS

Rustic apple tart (recipe page 44)


DESSERTS

A cheesecake is always a winner at the end of a meal, especially when served with a sweet dessert wine

Caramel-topped citrus cheesecake (recipe page 44)

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DESSERTS

SWEET FIX… We’re big fans of food that can be prepared ahead, leaving you time to actually talk to your dinner guests! Rustic apple tart This calls out for a dollop of whipped cream or crème fraîche. READY IN 55 MINUTES SERVES 4-6 EASY

Caramel-topped citrus cheesecake With walnuts, kumquats and grapefruit, this is not your everyday cheesecake. READY IN 45 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 6-8 PREPARE AHEAD

5 To decorate, spread the fruits on an oiled non-stick baking tray. Put the sugar into a heavy based pan and cook over a low heat without stirring until it begins to dissolve. Turn up the heat and cook to a pale caramel. Cool slightly, then drizzle over each piece of fruit. Leave to set. 6 Peel the lining paper away from the cheesecake and place on a serving dish. Arrange the caramelised fruits on top. Per serving: 648 486 calories, 38 28g fat (23-17g saturated), 63-47g carbohydrate

Salted caramel chocolate pots Quality salt will make this dish – we like Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.

 3 cooking apples  2tbsp demerara sugar  1tbsp cornflour  1tsp cinnamon  320g ready-rolled puff pastry sheet  beaten egg, to glaze  2tbsp apricot jam

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6 and place a baking tray in the oven to heat up. 2 Peel, quarter, core and slice all the apples into a large bowl. Add the sugar, cornflour and cinnamon, and mix well with your hands until evenly coated. 3 Unroll the pastry sheet, trim around the edges and use a knife to cut into the edges to pattern them. Slide the pastry on to a sheet of baking parchment. Score a line about 1cm in from the edge on all four sides and brush over some water. Pile the apple mixture into the centre, spreading it out to the edges. Pinch up the pastry around the edges, folding on the scored line. Press the pastry down well, then brush egg glaze over the turned-in pastry. 4 Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and slide the baking parchment with the apple tart on to it and return it to the oven. Bake the tart for 30-35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the apples feel tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Remove the tart from the oven. 5 Heat the apricot jam with 1tbsp boiling water and brush it over the top of the apple. The tart is best served warm. Per serving: 520 347 calories, 23 16g fat (11-7g saturated), 66-44g carbohydrate

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for the base  150g ginger snaps  25g walnuts  60g unsalted butter for the filling  zest and juice of 1 lemon  juice of 1 grapefruit  4tsp powdered gelatine  2 large eggs, separated  50g caster sugar  300ml milk  250g tub mascarpone for the topping  100g kumquats, sliced  2 clementines, peeled and segmented  1 thin-skinned orange, sliced  1 sweet grapefruit, peeled and segmented  150g caster sugar you will need  a 20cm loose-based spring-clip tin, lined with non-stick paper

1 Process the biscuits and nuts into fine crumbs. Melt the butter in a pan, add to the crumbs and press into the base of the tin. 2 Mix the lemon and grapefruit juice together in a bowl, then sprinkle over the gelatine and leave for about 10 minutes 3 In a pan beat the egg yolks with the sugar and lemon zest, then blend in the milk. Simmer until it coats the back of a wooden spoon. Add the gelatine mixture and stir until dissolved. Leave to cool, then beat in the mascarpone. 4 Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the cheese mixture. Pour over the biscuit base and chill for 2 hours until firm.

READY IN 30 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 5-6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE for the caramel  30g unsalted butter  100g light muscovado sugar  150ml carton double cream  1⁄2 level tsp salt flakes for the chocolate layer  300ml whipping cream  200g dark chocolate, melted  few drops of vanilla extract  salt flakes, for decoration you will need  5-6 small glasses

1 To make the caramel, melt the butter in a pan and add the sugar and cream. Stir the mixture over a low heat until the sugar dissolves, then increase the heat and simmer the sauce until it thickens to a caramel consistency. 2 Remove the pan from the heat and leave the caramel to cool for around 10-15 minutes. Stir in the salt flakes. Spoon into the glasses and leave to set. 3 To make the chocolate layer, bring the cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate. Add the vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth – using a stick blender will help make sure, or beat really well. Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel and leave to set. Sprinkle some salt flakes over each before serving. Per serving: 628 523 calories, 47 39g fat (31-26g saturated), 46-38.6g carbohydrate

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 3 dessert apples


Smart idea Serve these at room temperature – the topping is too ďŹ rm when it comes straight out of the fridge

 GLUTEN FREE Salted caramel chocolate pots


Fruit and nut strudel (recipe page 48)

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As if the toffee-apple flavours aren’t moreish enough, a rum punch sauce takes this to new levels of deliciousness


DESSERTS

Smart idea Try adding a teaspoon of mixed spice or ground cinnamon to the crushed biscuits for a spiced crust

 NO BAKE No-bake truffle crunch (recipe page 48)

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SWEET FIX.... If you’re hosting a larger party (or just know people who love seconds!), these puds each serve at least eight

Ready-made filo pastry saves so much time and the results are just as good. READY IN 1 HOUR SERVES 8 EASY  700g Cox’s apples, peeled, cored,

quartered and chopped into 1cm chunks  25g knob of unsalted butter, plus 50g melted  50g light muscovado sugar  1tsp ground cinnamon  3tbsp dark rum  100g dates, chopped  270g pack Jus-Rol filo pastry (6 sheets)  75g pistachios, chopped for the rum punch sauce  50g butter  50g light muscovado sugar  1tbsp golden syrup  150ml light double cream  3-4tbsp rum

1 Fry the apples in the knob of butter until golden. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the dark rum and allow to bubble. Stir in the dates and leave to cool slightly. 2 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Brush a baking tray with melted butter and layer 2 sheets of filo (overlapping by about 8cm). Brush with more melted butter and scatter over a handful of pistachios. Repeat with the remaining filo, melted butter and nuts (reserve a few for sprinkling over the strudel before serving). 3 Spoon the apple mixture down the middle of the pastry, along the seam. Roll up the pastry around it, folding over the ends and making sure the fold is on the underside, so it doesn’t break open. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden. 4 For the sauce, heat the butter, sugar

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Wow them with this no-bake cheesecake that’s a cinch to make. READY IN 40 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING AND CHILLING SERVES 10 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  50g unsalted butter

and syrup together until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the cream and rum, then serve with the strudel. Per serving: 408 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated), 37g carbohydrate

No-bake truffle crunch Make some room in your fridge for this delicious pudding. READY IN 20 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 8-10 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD for the base  125g unsalted butter, melted  200g digestive biscuits, crushed for the filling  300ml whipping cream  2tbsp icing sugar  few drops of vanilla extract  200g dark chocolate, melted  cocoa, for dusting you will need  a 20cm round, loose-bottomed sandwich tin, the base lined with baking parchment

 200g chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed for the filling  300g milk chocolate, broken up  100g Bourneville dark chocolate, broken up  250g tub mascarpone, at room temperature  250ml light double cream  6tbsp thick caramel sauce (we like Bonne Maman) for the topping  55g dark chocolate  170ml light double cream  Rolos, chopped, plus a few left whole you will need  a deep, 23cm spring-clip cake tin, greased

1 To make the base, stir the butter into the crushed biscuits, tip into the sandwich tin and press down well to cover the base and sides of the tin. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the crust to set. 2 To make the filling, pour the cream into a bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until the mixture forms soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the melted chocolate until the mixture thickens, but taking care not to over-whip. 3 Spoon the mixture into the biscuit case and spread out. Chill for a few hours, or overnight, until the filling has set. Dust with cocoa before serving.

1 To make the base, stir the butter into the crushed biscuits; mix well. Tip into the base of the tin, press down well and chill. 2 Meanwhile, for the filling, gently melt the milk and dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, then leave to cool slightly. In a large bowl, mix the mascarpone until smooth. In another bowl, whip the double cream to soft peaks. Whisk the mascarpone and chocolate together, then fold into the double cream until thick. 3 Spoon dollops of the chocolate mix into the tin, followed by spoonfuls of caramel sauce. Marble with a skewer, then chill for at least 4 hours or until set. 4 Meanwhile, to make the topping, melt the chocolate and cream in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Set aside to cool at room temperature. 5 When the cheesecake has set, carefully remove from the tin, transfer to a serving plate and pour the ganache over the top. Decorate by piling up the Rolos in the centre of the cheesecake.

Per serving: 523 419 calories, 40 32g fat (24-19g saturated), 35-28g carbohydrate

Per serving: 609 calories, 46g fat (31g saturated), 42g carbohydrate

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Fruit and nut strudel

Rolo cheesecake


This is a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. No, it won’t do much for your diet, but surely we can tempt you to just a small slice..?

Smart idea

 NO BAKE Rolo cheesecake

To remove the cheesecake easily, run a hot cloth around the cold tin before opening the spring-clip clasp


DESSERTS with Annie Rigg

ANNIE RIGG’S Crème caramels with Marsala baked pears

READY IN 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING AND CHILLING SERVES 6 PREPARE AHEAD

“FRUIT EATEN AT OPTIMUM RIPENESS AND HARVESTED OR PICKED AT ITS PEAK IS NOT ONLY BETTER FOR YOU, IT TASTES FAR SUPERIOR AND IS OFTEN CHEAPER,” SAYS ANNIE. “IF YOU ARE LUCKY AND GREEN FINGERED ENOUGH

for the crème caramel  200g caster sugar  350ml full-fat milk  1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways  4 medium eggs  2 medium egg yolks  175ml crème fraîche for the pears  6 small ripe pears, halved and cored using a melon baller  125g caster sugar  1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways, then cut in half again across the middle  1 cinnamon stick  50g blanched hazelnuts  250ml Marsala  juice of 1 lemon you will need  6 pudding basins or 150ml ramekins  fine-mesh nylon sieve

TO GROW YOUR OWN PRODUCE, THEN YOU’LL APPRECIATE THE THRILL OF WALKING TO THE END OF THE GARDEN, TRUG OR BASKET IN HAND, TO SELECT THE BEST OF THE DAY’S OFFERINGS – STILL WARM FROM THE SUNSHINE OR GLISTENING IN RAIN DROPS.”

1 To make the crème caramel, heat 125g of the sugar with 2tbsp of hot water in a heavy-bottomed pan over a low heat and dissolve without stirring. Increase the heat and continue to cook, brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet brush if sugar crystals form. As the caramel starts to colour, swirl the pan to ensure that it cooks evenly. When a deep amber colour, and working quickly to prevent it overcooking, divide it between the basins or ramekins

and leave until cold and hardened. 2 Pour the milk into the caramel pan, add the vanilla seeds and the pod and bring slowly to the boil. The moment the milk starts to boil, remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. 3 In a bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, yolks and remaining sugar, but don’t over-mix to avoid creating air bubbles. Mix in the crème fraîche. Reheat the milk over a low heat and pour into the egg mixture, whisking to combine. Strain through a sieve into a jug and set aside for 2 hours. 4 Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Put the basins or ramekins in a roasting tin and divide the custard between them. Slide the tin onto the middle shelf and pour in boiling water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the basins or ramekins. Cook for 20-25 minutes until set with a slight wobble in the middle. Remove from the oven, leaving them in the bain-marie until cool, then cover with clingfilm and chill overnight. 5 Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Arrange the pears, cut-side up, in a tin and sprinkle with the sugar. Pop the vanilla pod pieces, cinnamon stick and hazelnuts among the pears. Pour the Marsala, 100ml cold water and the lemon juice around the pears and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for around 25 minutes until tender. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. 6 To serve, run a palette knife around the edge of each basin or ramekin to release the crème caramels and turn out onto plates. Arrange the pears alongside and serve with the caramel and pear pan juices.

ANNIE RIGG’S SUMMER BERRIES & AUTUMN FRUITS (Kyle Books, £19.99) Sweet cherries, juicy oranges, succulent strawberries, tongue-tingling limes – everyone has a favourite fruit, though too often many of us just eat it as it comes, or stick to classics such as apple pie. In this inspiring collection of seasonal recipes, Annie Rigg shows how fruit can play the starring role – from adding a splash of vibrant colour to your plate to providing the perfect tangy countertaste to a rich meat stew.

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EXTRACTED FROM SUMMER BERRIES & AUTUMN FRUITS BY ANNIE RIGG, PUBLISHED BY KYLE BOOKS PHOTOGRAPH TARA FISHER AUTHOR PHOTOGRAPH SIMON WALTON

Using crème fraîche makes for a richer crème caramel. Like the pears, it can be made ahead, but the pears should be served at room temperature. For a less labour-intensive dessert, you could serve the pears warm with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce.


“As summer draws to a close, fruit lovers can take heart in the promise of an early autumn harvest of apples and pears”

Annie Rigg’s Crème caramels with Marsala baked pears


CURRY & SPICE With a touch of heat (not too much!) and some wonderfully exotic aromas, these colourful dishes are a treat for all the senses

As well as a few old favourites, we’ve got some new experiences for you to try

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So grab a poppadum, prawn cracker or even a lettuce leaf and enjoy our foodie trip around the world without leaving the kitchen


Turkey and butternut squash curry

Lamb rogan josh with yellow dhal

Thai fish sauce – also known as nam pla – is widely available in supermarkets.

Add paneer or strips of cooked chicken to the dhal to make a main course meal.

READY IN 50 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY

READY IN 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING SERVES 4, WITH EXTRA DHAL EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

 450g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes  2tbsp sunflower oil  1 onion, halved and thinly sliced  3 garlic cloves, crushed  2 large red chillies: 1 deseeded and finely chopped; 1 deseeded and finely sliced, to garnish  1½tbsp Thai red curry paste  400ml coconut milk  130ml chicken or vegetable stock  1tbsp Thai fish sauce  1tbsp light soy sauce  1tsp sugar  4 kaffir lime leaves  100g fine green beans, trimmed  350g cooked turkey, cut into long strips  juice of 1 lime, plus wedges, to serve  2tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Put the butternut squash in a roasting tin, add half the oil, coat well and roast for 15 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large casserole and sweat the onion for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chopped chilli; sweat for another minute. Now add the curry paste, increase the heat and fry for 1 further minute. Pour in the coconut milk, stirring well, then add the stock, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and lime leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes. 3 Add the green beans, turkey and roasted squash, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the turkey is piping hot and the beans are tender. Add the lime juice and three-quarters of the coriander and stir well. Check the seasoning; you may need to add a little more fish sauce or lime juice to taste. 4 To serve, scatter over the sliced chilli and the remaining coriander. Serve with some jasmine rice and a few lime wedges on the side. Per serving: 445 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 17g carbohydrate

 2 medium onions, chopped  5 garlic cloves, crushed  1tsp turmeric  1tsp black peppercorns, ground  2tbsp natural yogurt (not Greek)  500g boneless lamb leg, cut into large cubes  1tbsp coriander seeds  14 cardamom pods, seeds removed and the pods discarded  8 cloves  2tsp sunflower oil  1tsp dried red chilli flakes  1 large red chilli, finely chopped  1 red pepper, chopped  400g can chopped tomatoes  2tsp garam masala for the dhal  500g yellow split peas  400g can chopped tomatoes  1 or 2 (depending on taste) fat green chillies, deseeded and chopped  2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced  3 garlic cloves, chopped  3 cloves  6 curry leaves  1tbsp garam masala  2tbsp chopped fresh coriander

chilli flakes, red chilli and red pepper. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add the toasted spices. Cook for 1 minute, then add the lamb, 200ml water, the tomatoes and garam masala. Mix well, bring to the boil, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours until the lamb is tender. Season. 4 For the dhal, wash the split peas well, then soak in cold water for 15-20 minutes. Put the tomatoes, chillies, ginger, garlic and cloves into a large pan. Add the drained split peas, stir and add 1.2 litres boiling water. Bring to the boil, add a good pinch of salt and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until tender. Add a little more water if it looks dry. Take off the heat and blend with a hand blender. Add the curry leaves and garam masala, stir, return to the heat, add more water if needed, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the coriander and serve with the lamb. Per serving: 719 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 82g carbohydrate

Chicken tikka masala By using a paste, this is simplicity itself. READY IN 25 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  1tbsp groundnut oil  1 red onion, sliced  500g pack chicken fillets  4-6tbsp tikka masala paste  200g French beans, trimmed and halved  1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced  200g can chopped tomatoes  small bunch of coriander

1 Using a food processor, blend the onions and garlic to make a smooth paste, remove to a large bowl and mix with the turmeric, ground pepper and yogurt. Add the lamb, coating well with the yogurt mix. Cover and set aside to marinate for at least 3 hours, or overnight. 2 Heat the oven to 170C, gas 3. Heat a heavy-based frying pan to medium-high and toast the coriander seeds, cardamom seeds and cloves for 30 seconds, or until they become fragrant. Remove from the hot pan, crush using a pestle and mortar, and set aside. 3 Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based casserole to medium-high, then add the

 2 mini naan bread, to serve

1 Heat the oil in a large wok and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes to soften. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes, turning as needed, until browned. 2 Stir in the tikka masala paste and leave on the heat for a few minutes to cook off the raw spice taste. 3 Add the French beans, red pepper and 100ml water, along with the tomatoes. Warm through for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with a several sprigs of coriander and some mini naan. Per serving: 311 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 18g carbohydrate


CURRY AND SPICE

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As soon as you taste one of these delicious, aromatic sensations, you’ll want to try them all!

 DAIRY FREE

 Ready in under an hour Turkey and butternut squash curry

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 GLUTEN FREE

 Cooks in 2 hours 20 minutes Lamb rogan josh with yellow dhal (recipe page 54)


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Once the nation’s favourite, tikka masala is still a great choice if you don’t like your curries too hot

Try this Peel and coarsely grate ½ a cucumber, mix with natural yogurt, a pinch of salt and lots of chopped mint, and serve on the side

Chicken tikka masala (recipe page 54)

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The blend of miso, soy, chilli and sesame in our Korean-style marinated chicken is so very tasty and moreish  DAIRY FREE Korean marinated chicken with noodles (recipe page 60)

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Try this Not keen on duck? You can replace it in this dish with chicken, turkey, pork or even prawns

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3 speedy ideas...

 DAIRY FREE Malaysian duck in lettuce cups (recipe page 60)

...to make the most of this dish 1 Perk up the lettuce leaves by soaking them in a bowl of iced water while you make the filling. 2 Serve chopped roasted peanuts, finely sliced shallots and lime wedges on the side. 3 Use Baby Gem lettuce leaves or tortilla wraps to make a less-filling version for a lunchtime treat.


We move to the Far East with these three dishes, full of exotic spices and zingy flavours. They look really impressive, too, but couldn’t be easier to prepare Korean marinated chicken with noodles

Malaysian duck in lettuce cups

This recipe turns cheaper chicken cuts into sticky treats.

Ready to serve in just a few minutes, this will soon become a new favourite.

READY IN 1 HOUR 40 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

READY IN 20 MINUTES MAKES 12 (SERVES 6 AS A STARTER) EASY

 100ml soy sauce

 1tbsp sesame oil

 3tbsp rice wine vinegar

 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

 2tbsp honey

 1tbsp coarsely grated fresh ginger

 3tbsp chilli paste

 about 300g cooked duck meat (from 2 duck breasts), finely diced  2 celery sticks, finely chopped (or 60g bamboo shoots)  4 spring onions, trimmed and sliced  60g fresh shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped  60g fresh beansprouts, roughly chopped  ½tsp crushed dried chilli fakes  ½tsp Chinese five-spice powder  4tsp dark soy sauce  2tsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry  good handful each of chopped fresh mint and coriander to serve  1 small iceberg lettuce, leaves pulled apart into cup shapes

 5cm fresh ginger, finely grated  5 garlic cloves, crushed  2tsp sesame oil  8 chicken thighs  1tbsp sunflower oil  2 x 150g packs straight-to-wok udon noodles  ½ cucumber, deseeded and sliced  juice of 1 lime  3 spring onions, finely sliced  large handful of coriander leaves, chopped

1 Mix the soy, vinegar, honey, chilli paste, miso paste, ginger, garlic and sesame oil until smooth, add the chicken, mix to coat well, then leave to marinate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight. 2 Heat the oven to 150C, gas 2. Line a roasting tin with foil and add the chicken and all the marinade. Put in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked through and the skin is brown and crispy. 3 When you are ready to serve, heat the oil in a wok, add the noodles, stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, remove from the heat and toss with the remaining ingredients. Serve with the chicken. Per serving: 425 calories, 15.5g fat (3g saturated fat), 33g carbohydrate

You could use frozen chicken thighs – take the skin off to reduce the fat. READY IN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY  4tbsp sunflower oil

 1tbsp vegetable oil

 50g miso paste

Chinese chicken

1 Heat a wok over a high heat, add the oils, then the garlic, ginger and duck, and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the fresh herbs, and stir-fry for half a minute to keep all the veg crunchy. Stir in the herbs. 2 To serve, put in a hot serving dish and place on the table, so guests can pile it into the lettuce cups themselves, then wrap the lettuce around the mixture. Per serving: 74 calories, 4.5g fat (1g saturated fat), 1.5g carbohydrate

 12 medium bone-in chicken thighs, skinned  1 large mild red chilli, sliced  1tbsp Sichuan peppercorns, crushed  150ml Chinese rice wine or dry sherry  6tbsp oyster sauce  500g mixed oyster and shiitake mushrooms, sliced  225g can water chestnuts, drained  2 bunches of spring onions, cut into 5cm lengths  2tsp thickening granules  2 x 250g packs ready-to-serve egg noodles  40g cashew nuts, toasted and roughly chopped

1 Heat the oil in a very large wok, add the chicken, season generously and brown for 10 minutes, turning as needed. 2 Add the chilli and peppercorns, fry for 1 minute. Pour in the rice wine, oyster sauce and 100ml water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. 3 Add the mushrooms, chestnuts, most of the spring onions and the thickening granules. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes. 4 Tip in the noodles and stir-fry for 5 minutes to warm through. Serve with nuts and the remaining spring onions. Per serving: 444 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 34.5g carbohydrate


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 Cooks in 1 hour 10 minutes Chinese chicken

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 DAIRY FREE

 Cooks in 35 minutes Thai chicken curry with aubergine and green beans

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If you’re a fan of aubergines, you’re in for a treat. Our Thai chicken curry is a classic, while the Bangladeshi dish is so good, even the non-vegetarians will be coming back for more Thai chicken curry with aubergine and green beans Making a fresh curry paste takes minutes and really perks up the flavour of this Thai classic. READY IN 35 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

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for the curry paste  2 shallots, chopped  3 red chillies, chopped (keep the seeds if you like it hot)  5cm piece root ginger, peeled and chopped  1tsp each ground cumin and coriander  3 garlic cloves  1 lemongrass stick, outer leaves removed, chopped  2tbsp fish sauce  zest of 1 lime  1tbsp sunflower oil for the curry  2tbsp sunflower oil  540g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks  400g baby aubergines, cut in half (or quarters, if large)  400ml can coconut milk  150g green beans, trimmed  fish sauce, to taste  juice of 2 limes for the garnish  small bunch of coriander, chopped  1 small red onion, sliced  2 limes, cut into wedges  50g peanuts, chopped

1 Whizz all the curry paste ingredients together with a hand-held blender, or in a small food processor. 2 For the curry, heat 1tbsp oil in a wok or large sauté pan and fry the chicken until golden brown all over. Put on a plate, add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the aubergines until browned. Put on the plate with the chicken.

3 Add the paste to the pan and fry for 2 minutes. Return the chicken and aubergine, and stir well to coat in the paste. Pour in the coconut milk and add the green beans; cook for 5 minutes until the meat and vegetables are tender. Add the fish sauce and lime juice, then serve topped with the garnish. Per serving: 351 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 8g carbohydrate

Bangladeshi aubergine and courgette curry Asian finger aubergines are much smaller than the usual type – you’ll find them in Asian supermarkets. READY IN 30 MINUTES, PLUS SALTING SERVES 4-6 EASY  about 600g Asian finger aubergines (3 per person), or 2 Mediterranean aubergines  200g pack baby courgettes  3-4tbsp vegetable oil  2tbsp freshly grated root ginger  2 garlic cloves, grated  1-2 green cayenne (large) chillies, deseeded if you prefer and finely sliced  2tsp fennel seeds  1tsp cumin seeds  1tbsp roughly ground coriander seeds  ½tsp ground turmeric  400g can chopped tomatoes  good handful each of chopped fresh coriander and mint  rice or naan bread, to serve

1 Cut the stalks off the aubergines, then cut them in half lengthways (if you’re using Mediterranean aubergines, cut in half, then slice each piece lengthways into 6 or 8 wedges). Halve the courgettes. Toss all the veg with a little salt and set aside in a colander for 20 minutes.

2 Quickly rinse and dry the aubergines and courgettes. Lay them out, cut-side up on a large baking sheet, brush with a little oil and grill (for about 10 minutes) until browned. Turn them over and grill for a few more minutes. 3 Meanwhile, mix the ginger, garlic and chillies in a mortar with 3tbsp water and grind to a paste with a pestle, or mix in a small bowl. 4 Put the remaining oil (2tbsp) in a frying pan, add the fennel and cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle, add the ginger paste and fry for another few minutes. Add the coriander seeds and turmeric, fry for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and season generously with salt and black pepper. Cover and leave to simmer for 8-10 minutes until reduced and thickened slightly. Add a little water if it gets too thick. Stir in the fresh herbs. 5 Divide the vegetables between 4-6 warm dishes and spoon over the hot sauce. Serve with rice or naan bread. Per serving: 137 calories, 9g fat (0.8g saturated fat), 8g carbohydrate

Spices know-how 1 Ground spices quickly become stale, so grind your own in small quantities and keep in airtight containers. 2 Invest in a small coffee grinder for quick results. 3 For Indian curries, add garam masala at the end of cooking – it can really lift the finished dish. 4 Make curries the day before you serve them and allow the flavours to develop before re-heating. 5 Keep a good stock of chutneys, relishes and dipping sauces to serve on the side, as well as poppadums, raitas, prawn crackers and kimchi.


Try this For great canapés, serve as soon as the squid is cooked, with peppery salad leaves and plum sauce

Sichuan pepper and salt squid with plum dipping sauce Sichuan pepper is actually made from dried berries and is widely available.

for the squid  100g cornflour  100g plain flour

READY IN 20 MINUTES SERVES 4 AS A STARTER EASY/PREPARE AHEAD (SAUCE ONLY)

 2tsp sea salt, plus extra to sprinkle  2tbsp Sichuan pepper, crushed  1tbsp black peppercorns, crushed  1 litre sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying

for the plum sauce  1 shallot, finely chopped  1tbsp groundnut oil  4cm piece ginger, peeled and finely grated  1 garlic clove, crushed  300g fresh or frozen plums, stoned and chopped (or a 400g tin, drained and stoned)  1 star anise  2tbsp soft brown sugar  1tbsp rice wine vinegar  1tbsp dark soy sauce

 450g squid, cleaned (ask your fishmonger to do this) and cut into 3cm tubes  2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced  1 red chilli, finely sliced

1 To make the sauce, gently fry the shallot in the oil until soft. Add the ginger and garlic, cook for 1 minute, then stir in the plums, star anise and sugar, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and soy sauce. Briefly blitz with a handheld blender.

2 Sift together the cornflour and plain flour into a large bowl. Sift through the salt and both types of pepper, then set aside. Line a tray with kitchen paper and have more salt ready to sprinkle over the cooked squid. 3 Heat about 7cm of oil to 180C in a deep saucepan or wok. If you don’t have a thermometer, a cube of bread should brown in 20 seconds when the oil is hot enough. 4 Coat the squid well with the flour mixture and fry in batches for 2 minutes or until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to lift out, then drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt. 5 Serve scattered with spring onions and chilli, with the plum sauce on the side. Per serving: 458 calories, 16g fat (2.5g saturated fat), 56g carbohydrate


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Traditionally, the aubergine pieces would be fried in batches in hot oil. Grilling them all at once is a quicker and healthier way to cook them

 DAIRY & GLUTEN FREE, GREAT FOR VEGANS

 Cooks in 30 minutes Bangladeshi aubergine and courgette curry (recipe page 63)

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CURRY AND SPICE with Jennifer Joyce

“Street food is immediate and vibrant. It thrills us with its crunch, spice, sweetness, saltiness or sour tang”

JENNIFER JOYCE’S Prawns with chorizo, chilli, lemon and parsley Chorizo makes everything taste good and that’s a fact. The paprika oil infuses everything with garlic smokiness and this prawn tapas is no exception. I ate this in Barcelona and nearly licked my plate. The lemon cuts through the rich prawns and salty salami. Eat with crusty bread so you don’t miss out on the sauce. “TRAVEL FEEDS THE SOUL, IT SATISFIES CURIOUS AND VORACIOUS

READY IN 15 MINUTES SERVES 4 AS A STARTER EASY

APPETITES,” SAYS JENNIFER. “MY STREET FOOD KITCHEN IS THE RESULT OF DECADES OF TRAVEL TO 24 COUNTRIES ACROSS ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE. THIS ISN’T JUST DISHES FROM ROADSIDE STALLS AND MARKETS BUT FOOD FROM THE HEART AND SOUL OF EACH REGION.”

 150g (5½oz) raw chorizo sausages, cut into 1cm (⅜in) slices  1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil  2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced  400g (14oz) large raw prawns, butterflied  1 teaspoon chilli flakes  juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon  2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley  crusty bread and chargrilled lemon halves, to serve

1 Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and the oil is released. Remove from the pan and discard most of the oil. 2 Add the olive oil to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook the garlic for 1 minute or until just starting to colour. 3 Increase the heat to high, then add the prawns and chilli flakes and toss for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and chorizo and toss for another minute or until the prawns are opaque. Sprinkle the zest and parsley over the prawns and serve immediately with crusty bread and chargrilled lemon halves.  GET AHEAD Crisp the chorizo

earlier in the day, cover and refrigerate. Everything else can be quickly pan-fried just before serving.

JENNIFER JOYCE’S MY STREET FOOD KITCHEN (Murdoch Books, £18.99) Food writer Jennifer Joyce presents a selection of recipes from her travels around the globe, from Mexico and South America, to the Middle East, China, India, Japan and the USA. Inspired by the aromas, flavours and sheer theatre of food prepared on the roadside, My Street Food Kitchen features 150 recipes adapted for the home cook to make it easy to prepare relaxed weekday meals, themed feasts and healthy treats.

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BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY,


Jennifer Joyce’s Prawns with chorizo, chilli, lemon and parsley


WEEKEND FOOD It’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy a good meal with family and friends. The key to this is preparing ahead, then just letting the oven do its thing

Whatever the occasion, whether dinner party or informal lunch, we have it covered

PHOTOGRAPH MYLES NEW PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS

Of course, the Sunday roast takes centre stage – including a vegetarian option – and we haven’t forgotten those all-important sides


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Made to share Perfect for a lighter buffet lunch, these could also be served individually as starters to a main meal

Smoked haddock and leek tartlets (recipe page 72)


PHOTOGRAPHS LAURA EDWARDS

Vegetarian meze: serve our baba ghanoush and salsa with goodquality guacamole, griddled halloumi and flat breads

 GREAT FOR VEGANS Baba ghanoush and Salsa (recipes page 72)

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cases – don’t overfill. Sprinkle over the Parmesan and bake for 15-20 minutes until just set. Serve immediately. Per tartlet: 397 calories, 29g fat (15g saturated), 16g carbohydrate

Baba ghanoush The charred skin of the aubergine gives an irresistible depth to this simple dish.

Pea fritters Manchego cheese has a strong flavour, so you only need a little here. READY IN 1 HOUR, PLUS COOLING MAKES AROUND 20 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  250g yellow split peas  100g frozen peas, defrosted  ½ red onion, finely chopped

READY IN 30 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

 handful of fresh mint, chopped  90g Manchego cheese  1 small egg, beaten  3-4tbsp chickpea (gram) flour

 3 garlic cloves, chopped

 3tbsp olive oil

 2tbsp tahini paste

 handful of pea shoots or watercress for the harissa yogurt  200g Greek yogurt  1-2tbsp lemon juice, to taste  1tbsp rose harissa

 2tbsp olive oil  juice of 1⁄2 lemon  2 sprigs of oregano, or mint, chopped

Pea fritters

Smoked haddock and leek tartlets If you can’t find ready-made pastry cases, make some from a sheet of ready-made shortcrust pastry. READY IN 35 MINUTES MAKES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  2 leeks, finely sliced  25g butter  200g undyed smoked haddock, skinned

 1tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

1 Heat the grill to medium. Prick the aubergines all over with a fork and place on a baking tray. Grill until the skin is charred and blackened and the flesh feels soft when pressed. This will take up to 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Leave to cool. 2 Scoop out the flesh from the aubergines, discarding the skins, and place in a food processor along with the garlic, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice. Season well and blitz to form a rough purée. Stir through the herbs and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if liked. Per serving: 163 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated), 4g carbohydrate

 100ml white wine or vermouth  6 individual ready-made savoury pastry cases  200ml crème fraîche  2 large eggs  2tbsp chopped chives  2tbsp grated Parmesan

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Wash the leeks well and drain thoroughly. Melt the butter in a pan, add the leeks, season, cover and cook gently for 5-10 minutes, or until soft. Slice the haddock into bite-sized chunks, add to the leeks and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the haddock is just cooked. Turn up the heat, add the wine or vermouth and simmer until it has nearly evaporated. Divide the leek and haddock between the tart cases. 2 Mix together the crème fraîche, eggs and chives. Season and divide between the tart

Salsa Such a simple, flavourful dish. READY IN 10 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  150g cherry tomatoes  2 spring onions  ½-1 small green chilli  juice of 1 lime

Roughly chop the tomatoes and spring onions. Deseed and finely chop the chilli. Place in a bowl, season well and squeeze over the lime juice. Chill until ready to serve. Per serving: 11 calories, 0.2g fat (0g saturated), 2g carbohydrate

1 In a large pan, add enough water to cover the split peas. Bring to the boil, skim off any scum, then simmer gently for 45 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, turn down the heat and stir often, as the split peas will become very thick, absorbing the cooking water. Add the defrosted peas and crush roughly with a potato masher. Leave to cool (it will become even thicker). 2 Meanwhile, season the yogurt with the lemon juice and some seasoning. Marble the harissa through and set aside while you cook the fritters. 3 Mix the cooled peas with the onion, mint, 60g of finely grated Manchego cheese, the egg, lemon zest and chickpea flour. Season generously with salt and pepper. 4 Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Drop in heaped teaspoons of the mixture, patting it down with the back of a spoon to form fritters. To avoid overcrowding the pan, you may have to cook in batches. Fry for 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. 5 Transfer to a platter and top with shavings of the remaining Manchego and small dollops of harissa yogurt, finishing each fritter with a pea shoot or a sprig of watercress. Per fritter: 112 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated), 10g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPH LAURA EDWARDS

 finely grated zest of 1 small lemon  2 large aubergines


WINE CHOICE

2013 Aglianico del Vulture Packed with dark red fruit and a hint of chocolate and spice, this is a surprisingly complex young wine. (£10, 13%, Marks & Spencer)

2013 Wine Atlas Marzemino Fresh with a hint of cherry makes this a great alternative to Pinot Noir or Beaujolais, and at a fraction of the cost. (£5.97, 13%, Asda)

2008 Fontanafredda Barolo A top example of the difficult Nebbiolo grape, it’s full of dark fruit and violets. Great with rich meat dishes. (£24.99, 13.5%, Morrisons)

2012 Greystone Pinot Noir Aromatic with dark berry fruit and a hint of black pepper, this is slightly heavier than your usual Pinot Noir. (£25.99, 13.5%, Waitrose)

10 OF THE BEST

AUTUMN

WORDS SOPHIE AUSTEN-SMITH

2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Packed with plummy fruit and notes of smoky spice from oak ageing makes this a perfect pairing for winter dishes. (£9.99, 13%, Lidl)

2010 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Full-bodied and smooth, this moves effortlessly from bramble fruits to a toasty vanilla finish. (£14.99, 14%, Majestic)

REDS

It’s time to switch your wine selection from crisp, summer Sauvignon to rich, comforting Rioja. Here are our top picks to ease you into the chillier evenings…

2014 La Grange St Martin Côtes du Rhône Big raspberry and blackcurrant flavours are balanced with savoury notes from the Syrah. (£6.99, 13.5%, The Co-op)

2012 Terrazas Malbec Malbec isn’t just for steak, its delicate tannins make this a superb match for grilled chicken and lamb. (£15.50, 14%, Berry Bros and Rudd)

2009 Bolney Cuvée Noir Light cherry, redcurrant and creamy rich, this award-winning sparkling red is an ideal aperitif. (£22.99, 12.5%, englishwineshop.co.uk)

The Exquisite Collection Shiraz Deep, dark and bursting with fruit makes for an intense drink, best drunk alongside rich and smoky meats. (£5.99, 13.5%, Aldi)

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READY IN 20 mins

Fresh from the sea If you’re looking for something that has a touch of fine dining about it, here are two recipes that epitomise the very best in fish and seafood

Plaice in hazelnut brown butter with samphire


Try this Be sure to provide finger bowls and napkins in order to rinse your fingers after peeling the shellfish

Plaice in hazelnut brown butter with samphire If you can’t find samphire, use asparagus tips, instead. READY IN 20 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  75g shelled hazelnuts

PHOTOGRAPH JONATHAN GREGSON, CHARLIE RICHARDS

 100g unsalted butter, cubed, plus an extra pat for frying  1 lemon, squeeze of juice plus slices to serve  4 x 150g plaice fillets  1tbsp olive oil  150g samphire, washed

1 Lightly toast the hazelnuts in a large, dry frying pan, swirling the pan to brown evenly. Tip the nuts on to a board and roughly chop. Return the pan to a low heat, add the cubed butter and stir until melted. Increase the heat slightly and cook the butter, stirring, until it turns a pale caramel colour. Stir in the nuts. Remove from the heat and add a good squeeze of lemon juice. Season, pour into a bowl and keep warm. 2 Season the fish fillets with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Wipe out the frying pan with kitchen paper. Return to a high heat and add the pat of butter and the olive oil. When the butter sizzles, add the fish fillets, skin-side down (you can fry them in 2 batches if 4 won’t fit in the pan). Fry for 2 minutes, then turn over and fry for just shy of 2 minutes. Transfer to warmed plates. 3 Meanwhile, blanch the samphire in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and season with black pepper; pile beside the fried fish. Generously spoon the hazelnut brown butter over the fish and samphire, and serve with lemon slices. Per serving: 482 calories, 39g fat (16g saturated), 2g carbohydrate

Shellfish salad

Shellfish salad You may have to order in the lobster tails and crab claws from your fishmonger, but once you have them, this dish almost makes itself! READY IN 10 MINUTES SERVES 8 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  ½ head frisee lettuce  ½ cucumber, cut into fine ribbons  200g cooked and peeled tiger prawns  4 cooked lobster tails, halved lengthways  16 cooked crab claws, partly shelled for the dressing  200ml buttermilk  1tbsp Dijon mustard

 4tbsp chopped fresh dill  zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 Combine the dressing ingredients and season to taste. 2 Arrange the lettuce and cucumber on a large serving dish and top with tiger prawns, lobster and crab claws. 3 Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. Per serving: 60 calories, 1g fat (0.2g saturated), 2g carbohydrate

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Sunday style The traditional roast gets an update with these very different recipes, plus you can pick and choose from our fantastic sides Brined chicken with cider, pears and pumpkin (recipe page 78)


 MEAT FREE

PHOTOGRAPHS LAURA EDWARDS, SIMON BROWN, CHRIS ALACK, RICHARD JUNG, TIM WINTER

Spiced red cabbage with juniper and bay (recipe page 78)

Smart idea Prepare root veg the day before. Simply toss in oil and herbs, then place in zip-lock bags in the fridge overnight

 GREAT FOR VEGGIES Roasted root vegetables with honey and cumin (recipe page 78)

 GREAT FOR VEGGIES Roast carrots with cumin (recipe page 78)

 GREAT FOR VEGGIES Swiss chard (recipe page 79)

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Brined chicken with cider, pears and pumpkin Brining the chicken seasons it throughout and keeps it juicy after roasting.

with the pumpkin, pears and juices from the pan, and a few fresh thyme leaves scattered over.

 1 rounded tsp harissa paste

Per serving: 554 369 calories, 20 13g fat (8-6g saturated), 10-6g carbohydrate

 a good handful of coriander leaves

READY IN 1 HOUR 50 MINUTES, PLUS BRINING SERVES 4-6 EASY

Spiced red cabbage with juniper and bay

 1 large free-range chicken (about 2kg),

This side can be made in the morning, then gently heated through.

untied, giblets removed  10 shallots, halved  4 fresh, small bay leaves  5 sprigs of thyme, plus extra leaves to serve  50g butter, softened  1 small pumpkin or round squash, deseeded and cut into wedges  3 small pears, halved and cored  2tbsp olive oil  150ml dry cider for the brine  200ml dry cider  100g demerara sugar  1tbsp rock salt  1tbsp whole black peppercorns  2 sprigs thyme  3 fresh bay leaves, crushed

1 Mix the brine ingredients with 200ml water. Put the chicken in a zip-lock food bag, pour in the brine, seal the bag, set it in a bowl or dish, and refrigerate for 6-24 hours, turning occasionally. 2 Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Remove the chicken (discard the brine), rinse and pat dry. Put 4 shallot halves, 1 bay leaf and 1 thyme sprig inside the chicken. Loosen the skin from the breast and put a pat of butter and remaining bay leaves underneath. Spread the rest of the butter over the breast and legs. Put the chicken in a large roasting tin, cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. 3 Uncover the chicken and arrange the pumpkin, pears and remaining shallots and thyme sprigs around the base. Drizzle with the oil, season and add the cider to the dish. Reduce the heat to 180C, gas 4 and roast for 50 minutes, covering the chicken with foil if it browns too quickly. To test if the chicken is cooked, insert a skewer into the thigh: the juices should run clear, not pink. If not cooked, cover and return to the oven for 10 minutes. 4 Rest the chicken on a board, tented with foil, for 10 minutes before carving. Serve

READY IN 40 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE

 2tbsp olive oil  juice of 1 lemon

1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Crush the seeds gently, using a pestle and mortar. Toss the carrots with the garlic, harissa, crushed seeds, oil and lemon juice in a roasting tin. Season. Add the squeezed lemon to the tin, if you like. 2 Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning them once, until just tender. Add the coriander and drizzle with more oil, if you like. Per serving: 171 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated), 18g carbohydrate

 1 small red cabbage  25g butter  1 red onion, finely sliced  1tsp juniper berries, lightly crushed  1 star anise  ½ cinnamon stick

Roasted root vegetables with honey and cumin Cook in 2 roasting tins so that the beetroot doesn’t colour the potatoes.

 2 bay leaves  1 dessert apple, peeled and grated  4tbsp red wine vinegar  1tbsp light brown soft sugar

READY IN 50 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

 2tbsp redcurrant jelly

1 Slice the cabbage as finely as possible, discarding the core. Melt the butter in a pan (with a tight-fitting lid) over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes until softened, but not browned. Stir in the juniper berries, spices and bay leaves. Add the cabbage, apple, vinegar, sugar and 100ml cold water, stir until thoroughly mixed, then season. 2 Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is very tender and the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the jelly and melt. Per serving: 116 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated), 15g carbohydrate

Roast carrots with cumin You could add 2tbsp toasted almonds or pumpkin seeds to this for a bit of crunch. READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  1tsp each cumin and fennel seeds  1 bunch of young carrots (about 12), trimmed, sliced in half or in long wedges  1 garlic clove, chopped

 700g medium-sized potatoes, peeled and halved  6tbsp olive oil  1tbsp cumin seeds  500g squash, peeled and cut into chunks  200g carrots, peeled and halved  300g beetroot, cut into wedges  2tbsp runny honey

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Put the potatoes in a pan with cold salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 7 minutes. Drain and shake to rough up. 2 Heat half the oil in a large roasting tin for 2 minutes until sizzling hot. Add the potatoes, sprinkle with sea salt and 1tsp cumin seeds, and roast for 15 minutes. 3 Put remaining oil into another roasting tin and heat for 2 minutes in the oven. Add the squash and carrots at one end, and beetroot at the other. Sprinkle with the rest of the cumin seeds and some sea salt. Roast for 15 minutes. 4 Turn all the veg and roast for another 15 minutes. Baste with the oil and cumin seeds, drizzle with the honey, then cook for another 5 minutes until starting to turn golden. Serve. Per serving: 295 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated), 39g carbohydrate


Swiss chard There are lots of varieties of chard, with stalks ranging from pure white to red. READY IN 15 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY  25g unsalted butter  4 shallots, thinly sliced  1 garlic clove, crushed  glug of white wine or vermouth  400g chard, washed well and cut into bite-sized pieces  100g frozen peas, defrosted  100ml single cream  grating of fresh nutmeg

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the shallots and cook on a gentle heat for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the white wine or vermouth and simmer until reduced by half. Add the chard and peas, season and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the cream and a good grating of nutmeg. Heat through until piping hot and serve immediately. Per serving: 103 calories, 70g fat (4g saturated), 5g carbohydrate

Roast salmon parcel with lemon and dill A true favourite, roasting it in paper will keep the fish lovely and moist. READY IN 1 HOUR SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

READY IN 1 HOUR Roast salmon parcel with lemon and dill

PHOTOGRAPH DAN JONES

 1tsp vegetable oil  2 x 400g fillets of salmon with skin on, scaled  1 lemon, thinly sliced  small handful of dill for the mayonnaise  2 egg yolks  1tsp Dijon mustard  300ml olive oil  1tsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Place a large sheet of parchment-lined foil in a roasting tin, brush with oil and place 1 salmon fillet in the centre, skin-side down. Season with black pepper and lay

lemon slices and dill on top, then place the second fillet on top, skin-side up. Tie the fillets together with cook’s string, and fold up the paper to make a parcel. 2 Bake for 30-40 minutes, until cooked through – insert a knife through the paper into the fillets, and if the blade feels hot to the touch when removed, the fish is done. 3 To make the mayonnaise, whisk the egg yolks, mustard and a little seasoning until smooth. Measure the olive oil into a jug and pour into the egg mixture in a slow, steady trickle, whisking all the time, until two-thirds are incorporated and you have

Try this Turn any leftover salmon into fishcakes, adding capers and fresh dill for extra flavour

a thickish mixture. Whisk in the lemon juice or white wine vinegar, then whisk in the remaining oil in a steady stream. If it is too thick, whisk in 1-2tsp warm water. 4 Slice the salmon and serve with greens and salad, plus a spoonful of mayonnaise. Per serving: 521 calories, 45g fat (7.5g saturated), 0.1g carbohydrate

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Slow-roast shoulder of pork with fennel seeds and chilli Proving the adage, all good things come to those who wait! READY IN 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES SERVES 8 EASY  2kg pork shoulder, bone in, skin on  1½tbsp sea salt  2tbsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed  1tbsp chilli flakes  2 red onions, halved  2 carrots, peeled and halved lengthways  2 celery sticks, halved  1 garlic bulb, skin on, broken into cloves  handful of bay leaves  600ml water or chicken or vegetable stock

 MEAT FREE Beetroot, potato and Taleggio gratin

Beetroot, potato and Taleggio gratin Despite its pungent aroma, creamy Taleggio tastes relatively mild. READY IN 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  600g medium waxy potatoes, such as Charlotte, peeled and very thinly sliced  1 garlic clove, finely chopped  6 sprigs of thyme, leaves only  300g beetroot (about 3 medium), scrubbed and very thinly sliced  250ml crème fraîche  250ml milk  5tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs  100g Taleggio cheese, diced  30g Parmesan, finely grated  35g butter, softened you will need  a 30x20cm shallow gratin dish, greased

1 Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add the potato slices. As soon as the water returns to the boil, drain the potatoes. Refresh under cold water, drain

again and spread out on kitchen paper or a clean tea towel to dry. 2 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Scatter the garlic and a little thyme into the gratin dish. Arrange half of the potatoes, overlapping, over the bottom of the dish and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with the beetroot slices and a little more thyme. Mix the crème fraîche with the milk, pour half over the beetroot layer and season again. Finish with a layer of overlapping potatoes and pour over the remaining milk mixture. 3 Combine the breadcrumbs, remaining thyme, Taleggio and Parmesan. Sprinkle over the top of the dish and dot with the butter. Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes, covering loosely with foil if the top is turning too dark, until the gratin is crisp and golden brown with the cream bubbling up around the edges. Per serving: 459 calories, 30g fat (19g saturated), 35g carbohydrate

1 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Score the pork skin into thin strips with a very sharp knife. Rub the salt, fennel seeds and chilli well into the cuts. Place the pork, skin-side up, in a roasting tray and roast for 30 minutes, until the skin has started to crackle. Turn the oven down to 170C, gas 3, cover the pork with a double layer of foil and roast for 4 hours 30 minutes. 2 Remove the pork from the oven, baste with fat from the tray, then transfer to a chopping board. Spoon all but a couple of tbsp of fat from the tray, then add all the vegetables, garlic and bay leaves and stir them into the fat. Put the pork on top of the vegetables and return to the oven, uncovered, for 1 hour, until the meat is soft and tender. Remove the pork to a serving dish, cover with foil and leave to rest while you make the gravy. 3 Spoon any fat from the tray, then add the water or stock to the vegetables. Bring to the boil on the hob, then simmer for a few minutes, stirring, until thickened and dark. Serve the pork with the vegetables and gravy. Per serving: 265 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated), 3.5g carbohydrate


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Be warned, this pork takes more than ďŹ ve and a half hours to cook, but it demands minimal attention and the results are truly stunning

Slow-roast shoulder of pork with fennel seeds and chilli

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Laid-back lunch Two very different dishes, but both will be a hit with your guests. Just put in the middle of the table and let them serve themselves Pulled pork with fennel and mustard


Clever cooking Make sure your pan is no more than half full with mussels, so they have space to cook thoroughly

Pulled pork with fennel and mustard Slow cooked for 6 hours, this falls apart beautifully and makes a rich ale sauce for drizzling over. READY IN 7 HOURS 15 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING SERVES 6-8 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

PHOTOGRAPHS CRAIG ROBERTSON, LAURA EDWARDS

 3kg free-range boned pork shoulder, skin finely scored  2tbsp fennel seeds  100g dark muscovado sugar  2tbsp wholegrain mustard  4 garlic cloves, finely chopped  5cm piece fresh ginger, grated  2tbsp dried mustard powder  2tbsp groundnut oil  1tsp sea salt  300ml pale ale

1 Pat the pork dry with kitchen paper and place in a roasting tin. Crush the fennel seeds roughly with a pestle and mortar, then place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients (except the ale) and mix together to make a paste. Spread over the pork, rubbing in well, then cover with clingfilm and set aside for about 2 hours, or overnight if you have time. 2 Heat the oven to 220C, gas 7. Remove the clingfilm and cook the pork for 30 minutes, then pour the ale into the tin. Cover the pork with foil and turn the heat down to 140C, gas 1 and cook for 6 hours, basting now and then. Half an hour before the time is up, remove the foil and turn the heat up to 220C, gas 7 and cook for 30 minutes to crisp the skin. Remove from the oven and rest for at least 20 minutes, then pull the meat apart and mix with the pan juices. Serve with baps and coleslaw. Per serving: 768 576 calories, 26 20g fat (8-6g saturated), 18-14g carbohydrate

Mussels with dry sherry, garlic and thyme

Mussels with dry sherry, garlic and thyme This goes so well with freshly cooked French fries – and beer! READY IN 25 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY  75g unsalted butter  1 large onion, finely chopped  2 garlic cloves, finely chopped  250ml dry sherry (we used Fino)  1tbsp fresh thyme leaves  3kg mussels, cleaned and de-bearded

2 Turn up the heat and add the sherry and thyme leaves. Bubble until the raw alcohol smell wears off, then tip in the mussels, cover the pan tightly and cook, shaking every so often, for around 5 minutes, until the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain tightly closed. 3 Check the seasoning of the sauce and serve immediately with crusty bread. Per serving: 273 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated), 2.5g carbohydrate

1 Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Cook gently without colouring for around 5-10 minutes, until the onion has softened.

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KATIE QUINN DAVIES’ Chia-seed quiche with trout and potato

READY IN 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES SERVES 6-8 PREPARE AHEAD  400g baby potatoes, scrubbed  1 tablespoon olive oil  275g white cabbage, very finely sliced  6 free-range eggs  125ml milk  120g creme fraiche, whisked to soften  1 handful dill, snipped into small lengths  2 tablespoons chia seeds  sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

 1 x 200g smoked trout fillet, skin and bones removed, flaked  1 handful micro herbs (optional)  green salad, to serve for the chia sour-cream pastry

TO DO IS THROW A GREAT

 270g

DINNER PARTY,” SAYS

 150g

KATIE. “I GET ENORMOUS

cubed  sea salt  80g sour cream  2 tablespoons chia seeds

“I’VE ALWAYS SAID ONE

ENJOYMENT FROM COOKING FOR THE MASSES, AND I LOVE THE

plain flour, plus extra for dusting unsalted butter, chilled and

WHOLE PROCESS, FROM THE PLANNING TO THE SERVING, BEFORE WATCHING MY MATES DIG IN. TO ME, ONE OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE IS TO ENJOY GOOD FOOD AND GOOD WINE WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU. BREAKING BREAD WITH FRIENDS, SO TO SPEAK.”

1 For the pastry, place the flour, butter and ½ teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor and whiz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sour cream and chia seeds and whiz until the dough just starts to come together; it should be soft and a little sticky to the touch. 2 Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together, shaping into a disc. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 3 Place the potatoes in a large saucepan of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce

the heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until a knife can be inserted easily into the centres. Drain and set aside to cool, then cut into 1cm thick slices. 4 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6 and grease a 28cm diameter loose-based fluted tart tin. 5 Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes or until it’s starting to soften and turn golden brown around the edges. Remove from the heat and set aside. 6 On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to a thickness of 5mm and use to line the prepared tin, patching any holes. Refrigerate the pastry case for 30 minutes. 7 Take two large pieces of greaseproof paper and scrunch them up in your hands, then smooth them out and use to line the pastry case, overlapping them to cover the whole base. Fill with baking beans or rice and blind-bake for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and beans or rice and bake for a further 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is light golden. Set aside to cool. 8 Whisk together the eggs, milk, creme fraiche, dill and chia seeds and season with salt and pepper. 9 To assemble the quiche, line the pastry with the potato, then cover with cabbage and scatter over the trout. Pour in the egg mixture, pressing down on the ingredients to let the liquid come to the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve hot or at room temperature scattered with micro herbs, if using, and a green salad to the side.

KATIE QUINN DAVIES’ WHAT KATIE ATE AT THE WEEKEND… (Saltyard Books, £25) This follow-up to the hugely successful What Katie Ate returns us to the world of talented food photographer and keen home cook Katie Quinn Davies. In her new book Katie shares more of her inspiring recipes for weekend entertaining, whether it be for a crowd or menu ideas for special occasions. Entice your guests with Katie’s refreshing take on flavour-packed pizzas, salads, tapas, cocktails and decadent desserts.

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This is a great ‘mother-in-law is coming for lunch on Saturday’ dish. You can use bought sour-cream or shortcrust pastry if you are short of time. Micro herbs are available from supermarkets: baby sorrel would go particularly well with the trout.


“This is a great ‘mother-in-law is coming for lunch on Saturday’ dish”

Katie Quinn Davies’ Chia-seed quiche with trout and potato


LE GRUYĂˆRE AOP

Heritage & taste

A special cheese with centuries of heritage and tradition, the recipe has remained the same, the subtle and delicious avour always within


FEEL GOOD FOOD PROMOTION Alpine pastures

Refining for a minimum of five months

Le Gruyère AOP is rooted in a region that gives it an inimitable flavour and character

Inside a village dairy

t the foot of the pre-Alps in Western Switzerland, there’s a charming medieval village that has given its name to this special region – and special cheese. It is called La Gruyère AOP, and we can trace the origins of this celebrated cheese from Switzerland back to 1115. Then in 2001, Le Gruyère AOP was awarded its Appellation d’Origine Protégée, a guarantee of provenance and authenticity, what we call PDO in the UK. It is made according to strict regulations and procedures.

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THE TASTE – SO UNIQUE! The delicious taste of this great cheese comes from very special milk. It’s made with raw, unpasteurised milk, brought to the village dairies every day from the morning’s milking or from the evening before. The cows are only fed naturally – in summer, they graze on the lush Swiss pastures; in winter, they are fed on the first and

The cheese-maker at work in the Alps

second cuts of hay. No chemical additives or silage are allowed, as they would prevent the cheese from maturing. And this natural feed gives Le Gruyère AOP its unique flavour – subtle, creamy, nutty, slightly floral or herbaceous. The milk cannot be heat-treated in any way so that the flora are preserved.

FROM MILK TO CHEESE Once the cows have done their job, it’s over to the expert cheese-makers. The cheese-making is all natural, and only natural rennets are used to begin the process. Washing the whole wheels in a brine begins the maturation process. It takes five months to form a Classic Le Gruyère AOP mild; eight months for semi-salty; ten months for a Reserve,

Made to very strict quality controls

and at least 12 months for the premium quality. And for something extra special, you will find a Le Gruyère d’Alpage AOP, which is made only from milk of mountain pastures and made only in the summer months. All these cheeses will have the famous character of Le Gruyère AOP – nutty, creamy and smooth. As it ages, Le Gruyère AOP develops a wonderful complexity, a combination of nutty, strong richness of flavour. The choice is yours but the flavour of a cheese that has been made in the same way for centuries is always guaranteed. Visit gruyere.com for recipes.

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ONE POT COMFORT An ever-popular way of cooking, hearty one-pot meals are made for sharing. Just serve the dish at the table and let everyone dig in. What’s not to love?

And of course, once the meal is over, there is only one pot to wash up!

PHOTOGRAPH MYLES NEW PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS

Just a few of the highlights include Filo-topped fish pie, Beef meatballs in Guinness with horseradish dumplings and a truly wonderful Vegetable paella


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SIMPLE PLEASURES… A good fish pie is always a winner, but treat them to something a little different, too, with a warming risotto or gratin

This is much lighter than a traditional potato-topped pie. READY IN 40 MINUTES SERVES 4-6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  30g unsalted butter  2tbsp plain flour  150ml dry white wine or vermouth

20 minutes until bubbling and the pastry is golden. Serve with green beans and peas. Per serving: 758 505 calories, 36 24g fat (15-10g saturated), 48-32g carbohydrate

Green veg risotto Fresh-tasting and good for you, too! READY IN 30 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY

 300ml whole milk  2tbsp crème fraîche

 25g butter, plus a little extra

 2tbsp Dijon mustard

 1tbsp olive oil

 bunch of parsley, leaves picked and

 4 shallots, finely chopped

finely chopped  bunch of chives, finely chopped  250g salmon fillets, skinned and cut into even chunks  250g smoked undyed haddock, skinned and cut into even chunks  200g raw king prawns  4 eggs, hardboiled, cooled, de-shelled and quartered  270g fresh filo pastry  olive oil, for brushing  green beans and peas, to serve you will need  a 1.5-litre ovenproof pie dish

 250g Arborio rice

1 Melt the butter in a medium pan, stir in the flour and cook for a few minutes. Gradually add the wine and keep stirring until thick and smooth. Slowly add the milk, a splash at a time, stirring until smooth after each addition. Stir through the crème fraîche, mustard, parsley and chives; season. 2 Add the fish to the sauce and coat evenly, then pour into the pie dish. Scatter over the eggs and press into the sauce a little. 3 Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Spread a filo sheet out on a work surface and brush liberally with oil, then scrunch up lightly and put on top of the filling. Repeat until the pie is covered with scrunched filo. Bake for

 splash of dry white wine

Prepare these, then freeze – they make perfect “ready meals”. READY IN 1 HOUR SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE for the tomato sauce  2tbsp olive oil  1 large onion, finely chopped  2 garlic cloves, crushed  large pinch of chilli flakes  1tsp dried oregano  2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes  ½tsp sugar for the filling  200g Taleggio cheese, sliced  300g mozzarella, torn into chunks  200g soft, unrinded goats’ cheese, broken into chunks  150g Parmesan, grated  handful of fresh basil  balsamic vinegar, for drizzling  150g fresh lasagne sheets  40g breadcrumbs you will need  4 individual gratin dishes or 1 large one

 850ml hot vegetable stock  200g baby courgettes, finely sliced  100g frozen soya beans  100g frozen petit pois  4tbsp grated Parmesan

1 Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large, solid saucepan. Add the shallots and let them sweat for a few minutes. Add the rice with a good pinch of salt. Keep stirring the rice until it’s well coated in the butter and oil. Add the wine and bubble for a minute or two. Now add the stock a ladle at a time, keeping the heat medium. Stir until the rice has absorbed the stock, then add another ladle. 2 After about 15 minutes, the rice will be nearly cooked, but still slightly hard. Now add the vegetables and more stock, and keep stirring for a few more minutes until the rice is perfectly cooked (it should be soft, but with just a bit of bite). Take it off the heat, and add half the Parmesan and a knob of butter. Cover and let it stand for a few minutes. Dish into warmed bowls with the remaining Parmesan on the side. Per serving: 465 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated), 60g carbohydrate

1 First make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and, when hot, add the onion. Turn the heat down and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the onion is very soft, but not coloured. Add the garlic, chilli and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes and sugar, season and turn up the heat so that the sauce begins to bubble. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring, until the sauce has reduced slightly and is a rich red. 2 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Layer each dish with a thin layer of sauce and top with a chunk of Taleggio, mozzarella, goats’ cheese and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Top with torn basil, a drizzle of balsamic and a layer of lasagne. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times, finishing with sauce, cheese and the breadcrumbs. 3 Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden and the sauce bubbling. Let it stand for 5 minutes, then serve with a green salad. These can be frozen, uncooked, for up to a month. Per serving: 931 calories, 61g fat (37g saturated), 39g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPH RICHARD JUNG

Filo-topped fish pie

Cheese gratin


Speedy idea Double up the quantities of sauce and freeze – great for quick pasta sauces or pouring over meatballs

 MEAT FREE Cheese gratin

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ONE POT COMFORT

Lighter idea Replace the filo with celeriac mash. Boil 500g celeriac until tender, drain and mash with 100g halffat crème fraîche. Spoon on top

Filo-topped fish pie (recipe page 90)

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PHOTOGRAPHS MAJA SMEND, RICHARD JUNG

Stirring a risotto releases the starch from the rice and gives that wonderfully creamy texture

Green veg risotto (recipe page 90)


Hot and ďŹ lling, this is a real antidote to a cold autumnal night

Gardener’s pie with bacon and lentils (recipe page 96)


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Smart idea

PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK, WILL HEAP

If you make this ahead, cool the sauce before pouring over, then chill for up to a day

Crab and prawn cannelloni (recipe page 96)

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EAT WELL… Our veggie paella will go some way to helping you get your 5 a day, while the pie and cannelloni are healthy choices, too

Vegetable paella Tastes just as good as the regular versions, so give it a go. READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY  2tbsp sunflower oil

Crab and prawn cannelloni

You could use a can of puy lentils, drained, instead of cooking up the red split lentils.

The lasagne sheets are rolled in this recipe, so they need to be fresh.

READY IN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 8 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE

 150g red split lentils

 500g ricotta

 600g potatoes, such as Maris Piper or

 pinch of celery salt

Desiree, peeled and quartered  2tbsp olive oil, plus 1tsp  1 large onion, chopped  200g lean bacon, chopped  2 large carrots, peeled and diced  2 large parsnips, peeled and diced  3 celery sticks, chopped  2 garlic cloves, sliced  1 litre vegetable stock  2tbsp sun-dried tomato paste  4tbsp skimmed milk

 zest of 1½ lemons, juice of 1

1 Put the lentils into a pan and cover with boiling salted water. Simmer for 20 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, put the potatoes into a pan of salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes until tender. 3 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Heat 1tsp oil in a pan, add the onion and bacon, and cook for 5 minutes to soften and allow the bacon to brown. Add the carrots, parsnips, celery and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes. 4 Add the stock and tomato paste to the vegetables and simmer for 20 minutes. 5 Drain the potatoes, return to the pan, then season. Add the milk and remaining oil to the pan. Mash until smooth. 6 Drain any excess liquid from the red split lentils and stir into the vegetable mixture. 7 Tip the vegetables into a large, ovenproof dish and top with large spoonfuls of mashed potato. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until the potatoes start to golden. Per serving: 537 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated), 74g carbohydrate

 bunch of dill, finely chopped  pinch of cayenne pepper  600g cooked, peeled small prawns, roughly chopped  100g wild rocket, roughly sliced  3 x 170g cans crabmeat, drained well  16 fresh lasagne sheets  150g mild Cheddar, finely grated for the sauce  2 x 500g packs passata  250ml dry white wine  2tbsp extra virgin olive oil  few sprigs of parsley, finely chopped  1tsp caster sugar

 2 onions, sliced  2 celery sticks, chopped  2 carrots, chopped  1 red and yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced  2tbsp sweet smoked paprika  1tbsp tomato paste  4 garlic cloves, chopped  small bunch of thyme  1 red chilli, chopped  500g paella rice  150ml white wine or dry sherry  1 litre vegetable stock  good pinch of saffron  200g curly kale, stalks removed and shredded  200g frozen peas, defrosted  ½ x 400g jar mild Peppadew peppers, sliced  1 lemon, cut into wedges

1 Heat oven to 190C, gas 5. Lightly oil an ovenproof dish. To make the sauce, simmer the passata and wine in a pan for 15 minutes. Season and add the oil, parsley and sugar. Spoon a little into the dish and spread over the base. 2 Put the ricotta in a blender and whizz until smooth; remove and mix with the remaining ingredients, except the lasagne and Cheddar. Add a spoonful of mix to the end of each lasagne sheet, roll and put in the dish in a single layer. 3 Pour the remaining hot sauce over the cannelloni, coating each tube. Scatter with cheese, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for a few more minutes. Serve with salad.

1 Heat the oil in a paella pan or large deep pan and fry the onions, celery and carrots for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Add the peppers and season, then cook for another 5 minutes until softened. 2 Add the paprika and tomato paste, then stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the garlic, thyme and chilli. 3 Add the rice and stir until the grains are coated, then pour in the wine or sherry. Allow the mixture to bubble for a couple of minutes, then add the stock and saffron. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to its lowest setting and leave to cook, without stirring, for 20 minutes, until the rice is almost tender and there is little liquid left. 4 Meanwhile, blanch the kale in boiling water for 2 minutes, then add to the pan with the peas; continue to cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, scatter over the Peppadew peppers, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for 5 minutes, before serving with lemon wedges.

Per serving: 471 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated), 28g carbohydrate

Per serving: 683 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated), 121g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPH MAJA SMEND

Gardener’s pie with bacon and lentils


Smart idea If you like, a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas can be added to the paella with the peas

 VEGAN Vegetable paella

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This version of the classic veal dish, osso bucco, is perfect for a dinner party

3 Add all vegetables and the garlic to the casserole and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until they are soft, but not highly coloured. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for about 1 minute, then add the white wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add the stock, tomatoes and bay leaves, and bring to a simmer. Return the veal and any collected juices to the casserole, cover and cook over a very low heat for 3-31⁄2 hours, until the meat is tender, but not falling off the bone. 4 Meanwhile, combine all the gremolata ingredients, cover and set aside in a cool place until needed. Serve the osso bucco with mashed potatoes, sprinkling the gremolata over to finish. Per serving: 651-434 calories, 16-11g fat (4-2.5g saturated), 20-13g carbohydrate

Turkey meatballs As well as a hearty meal, the leftovers will make a great Saturday lunch, too. READY IN 40 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 4 (WITH LEFTOVERS) EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  1 large onion, halved  2 celery sticks, chopped  500g turkey mince  2tsp ground cumin  zest of 1 lemon  small bunch of coriander, chopped  1 egg

Osso bucco with gremolata

 3tbsp fresh breadcrumbs  2tbsp oil  1 garlic clove, crushed

We served ours with mash, but you could try wet polenta or risotto rice, instead. READY IN 4 HOURS SERVES 4-6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  40g plain flour  6 veal osso bucco (around 1.6kg in total)  3tbsp olive oil  2 carrots, diced  3 celery sticks, diced  2 onions, diced  4 garlic cloves, chopped  2tbsp tomato purée  200ml white wine

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 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes  400ml veal or beef stock  400g can chopped tomatoes  2 bay leaves

for the gremolata  3 garlic cloves, finely chopped  large bunch of parsley, finely chopped  finely grated zest of 2 lemons

1 Spread the flour on a plate and season liberally with salt and black pepper. Coat the veal in the flour and dust off any excess. 2 Put the olive oil in a large casserole dish and set over a medium-high heat. Add the veal, being careful not to overcrowd the casserole; if it isn’t big enough, sear the veal in 2 batches. Turn the veal to sear until golden on all sides, then remove to a plate and lower the heat.

1 Whizz the onion and celery in a food processor to make a chunky paste. 2 In a bowl, mix the mince, cumin, lemon zest, coriander, egg and breadcrumbs with 2tbsp of the celery paste and plenty of salt and pepper. Shape into 24 small balls and chill for 20 minutes. Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and fry the meatballs in batches for around 10 minutes, or until browned. 3 In a small pan heat 1tbsp oil, the garlic and remaining celery paste for 3 minutes. Pour in the tomatoes and bubble for 5 minutes until thickened. Stir through the meatballs and simmer until cooked through. Serve half with rice, saving the rest. Per serving: 327 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated), 17g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPHS JONATHAN GREGSON, CHARLIE RICHARDS

Osso bucco with gremolata


ONE POT COMFORT

Smart idea Warm up leftover meatballs and sauce, then use to ďŹ ll pitta breads with salad and tzatziki

Turkey meatballs


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If it’s cold outside, this is the best way to bring a smile to everyone’s face. READY IN 1 HOUR SERVES 4 GENEROUSLY EASY  750g lean beef steak mince  2 medium onions, very finely chopped in

a food processor  3tsp hot horseradish sauce  2 sprigs of thyme, leaves only, plus extra  3tbsp breadcrumbs  1tbsp sunflower oil  2-3tbsp seasoned flour  500ml Guinness  500ml beef stock  2tsp Worcestershire sauce

 2tbsp redcurrant jelly for the dumplings  150g plain flour  1tsp baking powder  75g suet  4tsp hot horseradish sauce

1 Mix the steak mince, onions, horseradish, thyme and breadcrumbs, season well and shape into 20 meatballs. Set aside in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes. 2 In a heavy-based wide casserole, heat the oil over a medium heat. Dust the meatballs in flour, then brown on all sides; you may need to do this in batches. Remove from the pan and set aside. 3 Add the Guinness, stock, Worcestershire sauce and redcurrant jelly to the pan,

bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, allowing to bubble for 15 minutes. Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. 4 For the dumplings, sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the suet and horseradish and enough cold water to create a thick dough. Shape into 8-10 balls. 5 Remove the casserole from the heat and add the meatballs, mix gently to coat in the sauce. Scatter the dumplings over the top of the casserole and place in the oven, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Turn the oven up to 200C, gas 6 and cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until the dumplings are browned. Scatter over a little fresh thyme and serve. Per serving: 845 calories, 43g fat (21g saturated), 60.5g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPHS GUS FILGATE, RICHARD JUNG

Beef meatballs in Guinness with horseradish dumplings


Smoked haddock and Cheddar “hot pot” Smoked haddock goes perfectly with cheese and tomato. READY IN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  850ml milk  1 bay leaf

 150g Cheddar, grated  150g tomatoes, sliced into 12 (around

2 large tomatoes)  500g potatoes, such as King Edward or Maris Piper, unpeeled and very thinly sliced  little oil, to drizzle you will need  6 x 200ml ovenproof dishes, or 1 x 1.2-litre dish

 2 black peppercorns  6 smoked haddock fillets (around 800g in total)  50g butter  1 leek, sliced  2tbsp plain flour  1tsp wholegrain mustard

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Heat the milk, bay leaf and peppercorns in a sauté pan, add the fish and cook for 10 minutes, until it’s just beginning to flake. Remove the fish. Cool the liquid, then strain and reserve 500ml of it.

2 Melt the butter in a large pan and add the leek. Cook on a low heat for 5-10 minutes, until the leek has softened. Stir in the flour and cook for a few more minutes, then add the mustard. Gradually pour in the poaching liquid, stirring until you have a smooth thick sauce. Stir in the cheese. 3 Divide the haddock (discard the skin) between the dishes. Pour over the sauce, then pop the tomato slices on top. Arrange the potato slices on top, slightly overlapping. Drizzle a little oil over. Place on a baking sheet, then bake for 40 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and golden. Per serving: 474 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated), 27g carbohydrate

Try this Prepare the sauce and cook the fish the day before. Put it into the dishes, then leave, covered, in the fridge

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ONE POT COMFORT with Chris Honor

CHRIS HONOR’S Chicken, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chilli, rosemary

READY IN 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES SERVES 4 EASY “I DO NOT NECESSARILY

 250g soft dark brown sugar

THINK IN TERMS OF

 250ml best-quality balsamic vinegar

RECIPES; I THINK IN TERMS

 a really big bunch of fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, including stalks, plus a few extra sprigs  100g raisins  2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  1 tablespoon garlic granules  2 teaspoons salt  1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper  2 red onions, thickly sliced – peel can stay  1 large free-range chicken, about 1.3kg

OF COMBINATIONS,” SAYS CHRIS. “MIX UP THE FLAVOURS AND TEXTURES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, MAKE IT APPEAL TO THE EYE. BE GENEROUS BUT, MOSTLY, ADD A GOOD PINCH OF THE UNANTICIPATED. THIS IS WHAT I DO.”

1 Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. With a blender or a stick blender, combine all the ingredients except the onions, chicken and rosemary sprigs. Whizz until blended; the mixture does not have to be smooth. 2 In an ovenproof casserole large enough to hold the chicken comfortably, arrange the onion slices. Set the chicken on top. Pour over the balsamic mixture and spread around with your hands, massaging it into the chicken all over, then add the rosemary sprigs. 3 Cover with a lid, transfer to the oven and roast for 2 hours, no turning required. Exceptionally large chickens may take a bit longer, but this should usually be adequate time to ensure the bird is fully cooked. When you pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer, the juices should run clear.

CHRIS HONOR’S CHRISKITCH: BIG FLAVOURS FROM A SMALL KITCHEN (Mitchell Beazley, £25) Located in a former chocolate factory in leafy north London, acclaimed restaurant Chriskitch has customers literally queuing round the block. Now its creator, Chris Honor, is sharing his most memorable recipes for the first time. Chris’ book contains 100 of his fresh salads, sweet and savoury bakes, soups and wonderful sharing plates, which are all highly original, but really simple to create at home.

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EXTRACTED FROM CHRISKITCH: BIG FLAVOURS FROM A SMALL KITCHEN BY CHRIS HONOR AND LAURA WASHBURN HUTTON, PUBLISHED BY MITCHELL BEAZLEY PHOTOGRAPH TAMIN JONES

This mix uses equal amounts of balsamic and sugar, so the sweet-tart taste balances beautifully in the crisp, caramelised crust that forms on the skin. Because there is so much balsamic, the quality is really important here. Use the good stuff. Fresh rosemary, a whopping great big bunch, is also key because you want that blast of flavour from the essential oils in the fresh leaves.


“If all the tastes, textures and visual appeal come together, it will be fantastic”

Chris Honor’s Chicken, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chilli, rosemary


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DELICIOUS BAKES The whole process of baking is a joy, from the kneading to the ďŹ nished result. So treat yourself to some relaxing time in the kitchen

Our recipes cover everything, from the simplest cookies to chocolate marvels

PHOTOGRAPH MYLES NEW PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS

As well as catering for a sweet tooth, there are also savoury bites, plus a gluten-free loaf which will bring a smile to anyone who loves a good bake


TEMPTING BAKES

Plum and marzipan cake This will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight tin – if it lasts that long! READY IN 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING SERVES 10 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD

4 Place the jelly in a small saucepan and heat gently until melted. Liberally brush the top of the cake with the jelly and scatter over the toasted almonds. When completely cold dust with a little icing sugar and serve. Per serving: 353 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated), 43g carbohydrate

 300g self-raising flour, sifted  150g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes  100g caster sugar  finely grated zest of 1 orange  2 eggs, beaten  100ml milk  350g firm plums, halved, stoned and sliced  100g white marzipan, cut into small cubes  2tbsp redcurrant, cranberry or quince jelly  20g flaked almonds, toasted  icing sugar to decorate you will need  a 20cm deep, loose-bottomed cake tin, greased and the base lined with baking parchment

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Place the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Place the mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and orange zest. Mix together the eggs and milk, then stir into the flour mixture. You should have a fairly stiff batter. If the mixture seems a little dry, then add a couple more tbsp of milk. 2 Place half the mixture into the prepared tin and cover with half the plum slices, reserving the rest for the top. Sprinkle over the marzipan and cover with the remaining cake mixture. Smooth the top, then lay the remaining plum slices on top in an attractive circle. 3 Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Place the tin on a wire rack and leave to cool.

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Ham and blue cheese whirls You’ll find ready-made croissant dough in most supermarkets.

Marble cake This looks so professional, but really couldn’t be simpler to prepare. READY IN 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING SERVES 12 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE (UN-ICED)  175g butter  175g caster sugar  3 large eggs, beaten  250g plain flour  2 level tsp baking powder  5g cocoa powder  1-2tbsp milk for the icing  200g bar dark chocolate  300ml double cream you will need  a 24cm diameter (1.75 litre) ring mould, buttered

1 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Toast the ham in a dry frying pan until crispy. Unroll the croissant dough and separate out the 3 pairs of croissants to give 3 squares. 2 Spread each with an even layer of onion marmalade and sprinkle over the ham. Crumble over the blue cheese, then roll up the dough tightly and slice each one into 6 spirals. Divide the spirals between two greased 18cm round sandwich tins and bake for 12-15 minutes until puffy and golden. Serve warm.

1 Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Beat the butter until softened, add the sugar, then cream together until light and fluffy. 2 Gradually add the eggs, beating well. Quickly fold in the flour and baking powder, using a metal spoon. Spoon half the mixture into another bowl, sift over the cocoa powder and fold in gently with the milk to create a soft dropping consistency. 3 Spoon alternate amounts of chocolate and plain mixture into the mould, so that when the cake cooks it will have a marbled effect. Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until springy to the touch. Loosen from the sides of the mould, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool. 4 To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the cream and leave to cool, before spreading it over the cake with a palette knife. Leave to set.

Per bun: 108 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated), 10g carbohydrate

Per serving: 481 calories, 32g fat (19g saturated), 42g carbohydrate

READY IN 35 MINUTES MAKES 18 MINI BUNS EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  100g ham, finely diced  250g can croissant dough (6 croissants)  3tbsp red onion marmalade  75g blue cheese

BAKING know-how

 When you want your dough to rise, it

doesn’t have to go in a warm place. You can just leave it on the kitchen side. The slower it proves, the better the flavour.  Use an oven thermometer to ensure the correct temperature.

 After a loaf has come out of the oven, leave it to cool completely before cutting – it will taste better at room temperature.  By keeping your baked bread in a paper bag in the bread bin it will stay fresher for longer.

PHOTOGRAPH CLIVE STREETER

Savoury or sweet, it’s just so satisfying taking bakes out of the oven – especially when the recipes are as good as these


Try this This cake can also be baked in a 900g loaf tin, greased and lined with baking parchment

Plum and marzipan cake


TEMPTING BAKES

Use ready-made croissant dough to make a cluster of savoury buns that are perfect for sharing at brunch or with drinks

Ham and blue cheese whirls (recipe page 108)

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PHOTOGRAPHS LAURA EDWARDS, MARTIN POOLE

Smart idea If you don’t have a ring mould, make this cake in a round or square tin of the same capacity Marble cake (recipe page 108)


TEMPTING BAKES



Cover star You could serve this with some fresh blackberries and crème fraîche – or just on its own!

Apple and almond cake


Apple and almond cake The apple sauce and almonds make for a deliciously moist cake. Serve mid morning, for afternoon tea or warm from the oven with a dollop of crème fraîche. READY IN 1 HOUR SERVES 10 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD  2 Bramley apples  1tbsp lemon juice  ½ cinnamon stick  150g unsalted butter, softened  175g golden caster sugar  2 large eggs, beaten  250g plain flour  1tsp baking powder  1tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice

PHOTOGRAPHS MYLES NEW, CHARLOTTE TOLHURST

 50g ground almonds for the topping  3 Braeburn apples  2tbsp apricot jam you will need  a 20cm spring-form cake tin, buttered and base lined with baking parchment

1 First, make the apple sauce. Peel, core and thinly slice the Bramley apples and place in a saucepan with the lemon juice and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook gently until the apples are completely soft and have formed a thick sauce. Remove from the heat, discard the cinnamon stick and leave to cool while you make the cake batter. 2 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Gradually add the eggs, beating continuously until thoroughly incorporated. Sift over the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, add the almonds and fold together. Finally, measure 250g of the cooled apple sauce and fold through until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Any leftover apple sauce can easily be frozen for later use. 3 Quarter and core the Braeburn apples and slice each quarter into 3. Arrange the apples in a circle on the outside edge of the cake batter. Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly, cover with a sheet of foil for

 GLUTEN FREE Chocolate almond cupcakes

the last 10 minutes of baking. 4 Remove the cake to a wire rack to cool. Heat the apricot jam and 1tbsp water in a small saucepan over a medium heat until melted. Brush the surface of the cake liberally with the jam and leave to cool. The cake will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Per serving: 357 calories, 17g fat (8.5g saturated), 45g carbohydrate

Chocolate almond cupcakes Cupcakes seem to be everywhere these days, but our little wonders are a class apart. READY IN 45 MINUTES SERVES 12 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE (UN-ICED CUPCAKES)  250g dark chocolate, broken into squares  6 eggs, separated  200g golden caster sugar  150g ground almonds for the frosting  500g tub full-fat cream cheese  2tsp vanilla bean paste

 350g golden icing sugar, sieved  50g cocoa, sieved  12 chocolate mini eggs you will need  a 12-hole muffin tin lined with paper muffin cases, and a small disposable piping bag

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Do not stir. 2 Whisk the egg whites until softly peaking; set aside. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until thick and pale. 3 Stir in the melted chocolate and ground almonds, then gently fold in the egg whites until evenly combined. 4 Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes or until just firm. Cool completely. 5 To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and vanilla bean paste into a bowl, then gradually sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa until smooth. 6 Spoon the frosting into the piping bag, then pipe large swirls on to the cooled cakes. Finally, top each cupcake with a chocolate mini egg. Per cupcake: 596 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated), 67g carbohydrate

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Plum Linzertorte British plums are in season right now, so make the most of them in this cake. READY IN 1 HOUR, PLUS CHILLING SERVES 6 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE for the pastry  225g self-raising flour  75g hazelnuts  125g caster sugar  125g unsalted butter  3 egg yolks  few drops of vanilla extract  sifted icing sugar and thick double or clotted cream to serve for the filling  700g ripe plums, quartered and stoned  4tbsp clear honey  grated zest of 1 orange you will need  a 20.5cm deep, round fluted tart tin

until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and mix to form a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 20 minutes, or until firm enough to roll. 2 Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, or between 2 sheets of baking parchment, to about 5mm thick, and cut out rounds with the fluted cutter. Cut out hearts from the centre of half of the rounds, then re-roll trimmings to make more biscuits. 3 Place the biscuits on the baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until light golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. 4 Sandwich the biscuits together using the jam and dust with icing sugar. After a while, the icing sugar will dissolve into the jam to give shiny red centres.

1 Put half the flour and all the hazelnuts in a food processor and whizz until all the nuts are finely ground. Add the remaining flour to the processor with the sugar and butter, then whizz to combine. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, using the pulse button, until the mixture begins to form a ball. 2 Knead lightly and wrap in clingfilm before chilling for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Put the plums in a pan with the honey and orange zest. Cook gently until softened, which will take about 10 minutes, depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. 3 Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5 and place a baking sheet on the middle shelf. Roll out three quarters of the dough on to a lightly floured surface and use to line the tin. Spoon in the cooled plums and juices. 4 Roll out the remaining pastry into an oblong shape and cut into long, thin strips. Arrange the strips in a lattice pattern on top of the plums, gently pressing the strips and pastry rim together. Bake on the sheet for 25-30 minutes. Dust with sifted icing sugar and serve warm with cream.

Per biscuit: 93 calories, 4.5g fat (3g saturated), 13g carbohydrate

Per serving: 577 calories, 29g fat (12g saturated), 70g carbohydrate

Jammy love dodgers

Jammy love dodgers This homemade version of the classic biscuit tastes even better! READY IN 40 MINUTES, PLUS CHILLING MAKES AROUND 24 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE (UNCOOKED DOUGH FOR 1 MONTH) for the biscuits  125g unsalted butter, softened  60g icing sugar, sifted  1⁄2tsp vanilla extract  200g plain flour, sifted for the filling  8-10tbsp strawberry jam  icing sugar, for dusting you will need  a 5cm round, fluted cutter, a small heart cutter, and baking sheets lined with baking parchment

1 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Beat together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla

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PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK, CHARLIE RICHARDS

TEMPTING BAKES

Said to be the oldest cake recipe in the world, this has been a favourite for centuries. Bake it and you’ll see why... Plum Linzertorte


TEMPTING BAKES

Treacle pecan tart The salted pecans cut through the sweetness. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche. READY IN 2 HOURS SERVES 8 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  230g pack ready-rolled shortcrust pastry  200g golden syrup  200g maple syrup  275ml double cream  100g fresh white breadcrumbs  2tbsp lemon juice  1tsp vanilla extract  75g salted pecan halves

1 Line the tart tin with the pastry, press into the edges, but don’t trim yet; chill for 20 minutes. Heat oven to 200C, gas 6. 2 Trim the pastry edges with a sharp knife, then crimp. Line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes,

remove the beans, then bake for a further 5 minutes. Reduce the oven to 170C, gas 3. 3 Tip the golden syrup, maple syrup and double cream into a large warm jug. Stir in the breadcrumbs, lemon juice and vanilla, mix together until smooth, then pour into the pastry case. 4 Arrange the pecan nuts on top and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Per serving: 555 calories, 34g fat (15g saturated), 56g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS ALACK, LARA HOLMES

you will need  a 21cm loose-based deep tart tin, baking parchment and baking beans

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Pear, plum and ginger crumble cake If you have the family round for Sunday lunch, this is the perfect dessert. READY IN 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES SERVES 12 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  150g unsalted butter  100g black treacle  100g golden syrup

for the crumble  40g butter, softened and cut into cubes  30g demerara sugar  75g plain flour you will need  a 20cm square cake tin, lightly greased and lined with baking parchment

 275g self-raising flour  2tsp ground mixed spice  2tsp ground cinnamon  2 eggs, beaten  3 medium ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced  3 balls stem ginger, roughly chopped, 2tbsp syrup reserved (we like Opies)  3 ripe plums, destoned and sliced

1 Gently melt the butter with the treacle and syrup in a pan and set aside to cool until lukewarm. 2 Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. To make the crumble topping, rub together all the ingredients until they look like breadcrumbs and set aside.

3 In a large bowl, sift the flour with the mixed spice and ground cinnamon, making a well in the centre. Pour the eggs into the syrup mixture and stir to combine. Pour this into the spiced flour and mix well. Finally, stir in the pear slices and stem ginger. 4 Immediately pour the mixture into the cake tin, top with the plums and crumble topping, and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool in the tin and, while still warm, but not hot, drizzle with the stem ginger syrup. Cut into squares and serve warm with custard. Per serving: 342 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated), 47g carbohydrate


Parkin with apple and star anise Usually made with ginger, this take on parkin is fruitier and spicier. READY IN 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES 12 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  6 star anise, plus extra to decorate  25g caster sugar  225g self-raising flour  1tsp ground mixed spice  1tsp bicarbonate of soda  100g medium oatmeal  4 Russet or Cox’s apples  2tsp lemon juice  100g slightly salted butter  150g black treacle, plus extra to drizzle  125g golden syrup  50ml milk  1 egg, beaten

2 In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg and mix well, sift over the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then mix until a dough forms. Add the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed. 3 Divide the dough into 12-14 balls and place on the trays. Flatten out the cookies a little, then bake in the oven for 10 minutes – they should have a cracked appearance and be quite soft. Cool on a wire rack.

1 Heat the oven to 170C, gas 3. Break the star anise into pieces and whizz in a small food processor or spice grinder with the caster sugar until finely ground. Tip into a bowl and add the flour, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and oatmeal. 2 Peel 2 of the apples and grate around the core, directly into the dry ingredients. Peel, core and thinly slice the remaining apples and toss with the lemon juice in a small bowl. 3 Heat the butter in a saucepan with the treacle and golden syrup until melted, but not boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk, then the egg. Stir into the bowl of dried ingredients. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and spread to the edges. Scatter with the apple slices and some whole star anise. 4 Bake for about 45 minutes, until the centre feels just firm to the touch. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and serve warm, or leave to cool in the tin.

Per cookie: 288 246 calories, 13 11g fat (8-7g saturated), 39-33g carbohydrate

Per serving: 274 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated), 44g carbohydrate

Speedy idea Best choc chip cookies

Best choc chip cookies

Biscuit and cookie doughs freeze brilliantly unbaked. Defrost for half an hour, then bake as required

Possibly our simplest recipe this issue, but just wait until you bite into one! READY IN 30 MINUTES MAKES 12-14 COOKIES EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  110g unsalted butter, softened  200g soft light brown sugar  1 egg  200g plain flour  ½tsp baking powder  ½tsp bicarbonate of soda  200g chocolate chips

1 Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5 and line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper.

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PHOTOGRAPHS CLIVE STREETER, MYLES NEW

 demerara sugar, to sprinkle you will need  a shallow baking tray or roasting tin (around 22x28cm), the base and sides greased and lined with baking parchment (the parchment greased, too)


TEMPTING BAKES

Parkin with apple and star anise

On a cold autumn night, a slice of this would go well with a small glass of dessert wine or a measure of brandy


TEMPTING BAKES

 GLUTEN FREE Gluten-free loaf


Gluten-free loaf Making gluten-free bread is more of a cake method – as you only knead bread to develop the gluten. READY IN 45 MINUTES, PLUS PROVING SERVES 8-10 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  350g gluten-free flour  7g sachet fast-action yeast  1 level tsp caster sugar  1 level tsp salt  1 level tsp xanthan gum  250ml milk  1 large egg  4tbsp sunflower oil  1tsp vinegar you will need  1lb loaf tin, buttered

1 Tip the flour into a bowl and add the yeast, sugar, salt and xanthan gum, then mix well. Mix together the milk, egg, sunflower oil and vinegar. 2 Pour the milk mixture into the flour and mix well, to give a soft dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface, leaving it slightly textured. 3 Cover the tin loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave the loaf in a warm place to rise until it shows above the top of the tin. 4 Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Bake the loaf in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until it sounds hollow when you tap the base of the loaf. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Toasted teacakes What toasting forks were made for – but you could use the grill, instead! READY IN 1 HOUR, PLUS PROVING MAKES 12 EASY/PREPARE AHEAD/FREEZE  225ml warm milk  2tsp easy-blend yeast  50g light muscovado sugar, plus 1tsp

 CLEVER COOKING

 450g strong white bread flour, plus extra to dust  1tsp ground mixed spice  50g butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra to grease  1 egg, beaten  75g sultanas  75g currants  25g candied peel, chopped  beaten egg, to glaze

Although you should always follow recipe measurements when baking, often you need more liquid than stated, due to the make and age of the flour – so don’t be afraid to add a little more if it looks too dry. And if you go too far with the liquid, just add more flour when kneading.

1 Pour the milk into a jug and stir in the yeast and 1tsp sugar. Leave to stand for 15-20 minutes or until frothy. Meanwhile, put the flour in a bowl with the spice and add the butter. Rub in using your fingertips until evenly mixed. 2 Stir in the rest of the sugar, egg and the

Per serving: 233 186 calories, 8 6.5g fat (1.7-1.4g saturated), 36-29g carbohydrate

PHOTOGRAPHS TERRY BENSON, MYLES NEW

Toasted teacakes

yeast mix, then combine with a roundbladed knife to make a soft dough, adding a dash more milk if it feels dry. Tip out on to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth, working in the sultanas, currants and candied peel halfway through kneading. Put the dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 11⁄2-2 hours, or until doubled in size. 3 Grease a large baking sheet. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and divide into 12 even-sized pieces. Shape each into a ball and flatten firmly in the palms of your hands. Space slightly apart on the baking sheet. Cover loosely with greased clingfilm and leave to rise for a further 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. 4 Glaze the dough with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack. Split and toast under the grill (or over the fire) and serve buttered. Per teacake: 255 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated), 43g carbohydrate

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BAKING with Jo Pratt

JO PRATT’S Apple, cranberry and walnut gluten-free loaf

READY IN 1 HOUR MAKES 1 LOAF EASY/PREPARE AHEAD “MY RECIPES ARE WELL

 oil, for greasing

BALANCED, NUTRITIOUS,

 350g/12oz/2⅔ cups buckwheat flour

DELICIOUS AND EASY TO

 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

SHOP FOR AND COOK,”

 1 tsp ground cinnamon

SAYS JO. “THEY WILL HELP

 ½ tsp salt

YOU FEEL LESS GUILTY

 2 apples, peeled, cored and coarsely grated  75g/2½oz/⅔ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped  75g/2½oz/¾ cup walnuts, roughly chopped  250ml/9fl oz/1 cup fresh apple juice  1 egg, lightly beaten  50g/1¾oz/3½ tbsp butter, melted  2 tbsp honey  1 tbsp gluten-free rolled oats

NEXT TIME YOU SEE A RUNNER AND FEEL BAD YOU HAVE NOT DONE ANY EXERCISE FOR A WEEK OR SO, OR GIVEN IN TO THAT BAG OF CRISPS THAT’S BEEN CALLING YOU FROM INSIDE THE PANTRY.”

1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and lightly oil a 1kg/2lb 4oz loaf pan. 2 Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda/ baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the grated apple and chopped cranberries and walnuts, reserving a small amount of the walnuts to scatter over the top of the loaf. 3 In a separate bowl or jug, mix together the apple juice, egg, butter and honey, then pour into the bowl with the flour. Gently mix together, making sure you don’t overmix so that you have a lighter loaf when cooked. 4 Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Scatter the reserved walnuts and the oats over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before serving warm or turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

JO PRATT’S IN THE MOOD FOR HEALTHY FOOD (Nourish Books, £20) Jo Pratt is an acclaimed food stylist and writer. Her new book is full of simple and deliciously nutritious dishes that are good for you inside and out. In the Mood for Healthy Food features ingenious ideas for using familiar ingredients in unusual ways and vice versa. You’ll find nifty ways to provide a healthy boost: adding avocado to a chocolate mousse, using sweet potato in an orange and lemon cake, and bulking up meatballs with quinoa.

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EXTRACTED FROM IN THE MOOD FOR HEALTHY FOOD BY JO PRATT, PUBLISHED BY NOURISH BOOKS PHOTOGRAPH TAMIN JONES AUTHOR PHOTOGRAPH GEORGIA GLYNN SMITH

This is something for breakfast that will keep you full until lunch, or a little treat to have as an energy boost in the middle of the afternoon. I love it straight from the oven with a little butter or jam, or toasted with a dollop of ricotta cheese and honey. Once it’s made, it will last a good few days if wrapped in paper or foil – mind you, it won’t be around long.


“I love this straight from the oven with a dollop of ricotta cheese and honey”

Jo Pratt’s Apple, cranberry and walnut gluten-free loaf


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Simple pleasures This pretty spot china is just right at this time of year. Its uncomplicated design brings a smile to your face, and there is serveware to match, too. You could add some colourful pieces if you are feeding a crowd. A Little Bit Dotty collection, from £7.50 for an egg cup, fenellasmith.com

Black looks Black dinnerware looks dramatic and it’s a good backdrop for food, as it really stands out. It’s also the perfect base for copper, gold or colourful cutlery. Alternate with white for a monochrome vibe. Luna mug set, £6 for four; dinner set, £25 for 12 pieces; Midas cutlery set, £20 for 16 pieces, all george.com

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Autumn is the time we want to stay indoors and get cosy, so it’s a great excuse to invite friends round for a lovely supper. Keep it simple by choosing informal china, small displays of flowers and, of course, hearty food

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Pink and grey make a great combination that is so now. A stylish linen tablecloth is a good base and will cover a multitude of sins! Use simple china and on-trend smoked glass. Ribbon and string make a simple tie for linen napkins. Gracie linen tablecloth, £109.50; Hessian plates, from £14.90; bowl, £10.20; Smoke glasses, £13 and £14; TVIS cutlery, £176.80 for a 16-piece set; Rall glass candle holder, £21.70; dinner candles, £2 each; Laust tealight holder, £7.90; vase, £15 for three, all brostecopenhagen.com

It’s everyone’s favourite, whether it’s a simple lunch or you want to impress friends at the end of a meal. Choose marble or slate to keep it cool – there are some great designs around. This wooden platter with cheese knives inside is a nice touch, too. Cheese board and dome, £20; grey cheese board and knives, £14; black and white Camembert baker, £8; black and white cheese serving board, £12; Go Cook acacia mezzaluna, £15; etched bread board, £15; black and white cheese knife set, £15 for four; tapered small wooden lantern, £12; slate name tags, £6, all tesco.com

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MIX IT UP Comes with more functions than ever before to create fruity smoothies, soft bread and delicious pastries and sauces, making it the most versatile Magimix! 5200XL Food Processor, from £500, magimix.uk.com

TWIST & TURN Perfect for creating curly noodles with fruit and veg. Simply twist the non-slip handle and your courgette is ready in seconds, then drop straight into a pan of hot water. Oxo Good Grips HandHeld Spiralizer, £10, lakeland.co.uk (from October)

THREE OF A KIND Great pans are worth the investment and these will last a lifetime – plus they are suitable for any heat source. Le Creuset Three-Piece Saucepan Set, £269, lecreuset.co.uk


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SECRET TURKEY

John Gregory-Smith heads to Turkey and the stunning village of Alaçati – just don’t tell anyone so we can keep it to ourselves!


As we walk through the pretty market, we take in the smell of freshly cut flowers and olives. Each brightly coloured stall is laden with vibrant displays of fruit and vegetables, great piles of wild flowers, sweet scented honey, nuts and olives, all brought in from the surrounding villages for this glorious Saturday market. I am with my partner in Alaçati, a small stone village on Turkey’s Çeşme peninsula. We stop at Ramo Café on Cumhuriyet Street for a quick snack and order tea and home-made gözleme: Turkish flat bread, stuffed with meat and cheese and cooked on a hot plate. Our gözleme arrive hot and smoky and we tear them into pieces, devouring them in seconds. Alaçati is a special place. Cobbled streets wind through the little village, flanked by white-washed buildings with azure blue-painted windows. Pink and purple bougainvillea spill over the houses and into the road, and it has a really relaxed, bohemian vibe. The centre of the village is packed with beautiful boutique hotels, fabulous local restaurants and interesting art galleries.

“Turks in the know have been coming here for years to enjoy the laid-back life, beautiful beaches and a terrific dining scene” FAVOURITE DESTINATION Turks in the know have been coming here for years during the long hot summer months, to enjoy the laid-back life, beautiful beaches and a terrific dining scene. From the village you can explore the surrounding areas, including ancient Ephesus, the fishing village of Ildir that also has a small ancient amphitheatre, and Chios Island. Alaçati is right in the middle of the Çeşme peninsular and flanked on all sides by incredible beaches. Depending on your mood, you can take your pick of the best beach to bask in the sunshine, go kite boarding or just hang out at a beach bar.

LOCAL SPECIALITY Back at the market, we head off in search of more food. We walk around to the little square by the Pazaryeri Cami Mosque and take a seat outside the Yoresel Eftalya Café. It’s not much, but we have it on good authority that they make some of the best manti in Turkey, so we order a plate and wait impatiently as they are made to order in the tiny kitchen inside. Manti are like little ravioli that are stuffed with lamb and served with yogurt and a

drizzle of chilli-tempered butter. They are delicious and you can find them all over Turkey. However, Çeşme manti are different. They are much larger than traditional manti and they are pan-fried, rather than boiled. More like a fried dumpling than ravioli, each with its own stash of creamy yogurt and bright red chilli-butter over the top. They are divine. One mouthful and we are hooked. We order another plate and scoff the lot. We are staying at the Alavya hotel. It’s one of the best boutique hotels in the world, with six charming stone buildings built around a courtyard, filled with fragrant orange trees and a magnificent blue-and-green striped swimming pool. There are 25 elegant rooms, each with massive beds, stone fireplaces and impressive marble bathrooms. It’s both rustic and modern, and the perfect base for a holiday in Alaçati.

Clockwise from top left: Enjoy fresh seasonal cuisine at Alavya hotel A local woman making gözleme at a street stall Olives grow in abundance on the Aegean coast Visit one of the area’s many unspoilt beaches Opposite, clockwise from top left: The colourful façade of an Alaçati house Discover the ancient remains at Ephesus, including the magnificent Roman library of Celsus Watch traditional food being prepared A picturesque street in the village of Alaçati Mussels on display at the market in Fethiye Bottles of local honey and oil for sale

BEAUTIFUL LOCATION It is easy to spend several days walking around Alaçati, discovering the pretty village, but for those looking for more, you can drive to some of the best beaches in the world. The nearest is Alaçati Beach,

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“I want to check out the local Aegean meze, which is a much lighter style and is only found on this coast of Turkey”

Clockwise from below: The ancient ruins at Ephesus are surrounded by beautiful countryside Order a feast of traditional Turkish meze Sample delicious seafood at Alavya hotel A vendor carrying fresh mussels to market

complete with yacht-filled harbour, luxury holiday homes and spectacular fish restaurants. Further away, Kum Beach is wide and sandy with crystal clear waters and a few excellent bars, which are perfect for hiring sun beds for the day and enjoying fresh seafood and plenty of cold drinks. Summer can get busy and when the beaches start to get packed, an early morning swim on the pretty Iliça Beach, just north of Alaçati, is wonderful. The crowds don’t flock here until late morning, so you’ll have it all to yourself. And if you want to really spoil yourself, try a traditional Turkish breakfast after your swim on the terrace at the boho-chic Nars Iliça hotel.

HISTORIC SITE Only 150km from Alaçati stand the jaw-dropping ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus. Built in the 10th century BC and taken over by the Romans in 129 BC, this once flourishing city is well worth the drive. A colossal Roman amphitheatre looms out from the

rocks before you enter, and the hazy views of the lush countryside are as magnificent as the acoustics. A short walk along a well-trodden marble road leads into the ancient town, where you are greeted by the impressive Celsus Library. Completed by the Romans in 120AD, the split-level façade has two rows of Corinthian columns and ornately carved statues, each one set into an apse. It was destroyed in an earthquake in 262AD and expertly rebuilt in the 1970s.

TRADITIONAL CUISINE Back in Alaçati and we are ready to eat. I want to check out the local Aegean meze, which is a much lighter style and is only found on this coast of Turkey. We have been told about a wonderful local restaurant called Asma Yaprağı, whose owner is from Izmir and cooks the best Aegean meze. On a quiet back street we find the restaurant. It’s a tiny place with a few bright blue tables in the street and inside, a small kitchen with tempting food laid out on the counters and a little table decorated with seasonal pumpkins and a bowl of large fragrant lemons. The walls are lined with vintage cupboards filled with an envious display of bright enamel dinnerware. What a find. The owner, Aysenur Michci, and her son opened the restaurant five years ago. They cook a few of their family’s traditional recipes each day, using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the market. She brings out a feast of mouth-watering meze, including braised pumpkin with grated onions and yogurt, stuffed pepper dolma, crisp radish leaves soaked in peppery olive oil, nettle soup and tiny lamb kofta cooked in yogurt and cinnamon. It is some of the best food I have ever eaten. All the love that has gone into making each dish bursts out of every mouthful. After tea, we discover that they also have an enchanting garden, filled with mismatched furniture, jugs of wild flowers and more bowls of those huge local lemons. We decide there and then to return so that we can feast in this gorgeous garden.  John Gregory-Smith is a cook and travel writer who’s passionate about Turkish food. His new cookbook, Turkish Delights, published by Kyle Books, £19.99, is out now – see page 14 for a recipe.

 USEFUL WEBSITES Alavya hotel alavya.com.tr Fly to Turkey with Turkish Airlines turkishairlines.com Turkish tourist board gototurkey.co.uk


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Prestat chocolates, London NICK CREAN AND BILL KEELING, PRESTAT CHOCOLATES In 1998, Nick Crean discovered that a little chocolate shop was up for sale. Not just any chocolate shop, a shop called Prestat, which he regularly visited as a child and once accepted the school name tag in the back of his shorts as proof of his identity when he didn’t have a cheque-guarantee card. Nick was running a successful film business, but the shop, which sported a Royal Warrant from the Queen, kept popping back into his mind. On the other side of the world, the Asian financial crisis led to Nick’s half-brother, Bill Keeling, reluctantly deciding to abort his role in setting up a bank in Indonesia. Bill was keen to come back to the UK and escape the world of banking. It occurred to Nick that a chocolate shop in Princes Arcade in Piccadilly might be just the thing for him. A few months and £70,000 later, the deal was done. Bill immersed himself in the

business, taking care of the financial side of things, as well as most of the logistics. Nick still had to find the time for his day job, but he was happy to be in charge of product development, as well as marketing and building the brand. The half-brothers wasted no time refurbishing the loss-making shop and commissioning artist Kitty Arden to design a new range of colourful and elegant boxes that reflected the theatrical heritage of Prestat. The shop was, and still is, frequented by several of Britain’s most famous stars of the stage and screen. Roald Dahl was another big fan, saying, “I adore chocolate truffles – as Prestat makes them”. He even made them central to the plot of My Uncle Oswald, in which they were injected with a love potion. Nick, left, with his The distinctive new pink and blue business partner and packaging, complemented by gold half-brother Bill swirls, proved to be a great success. And Nick was soon dreaming up all sorts of for years. That revelation eventually led to new chocolates – from sumptuous Organic Nick receiving a second Royal Warrant – Chocolate Thins to outrageously good the last one ever bestowed by the Queen truffles. Sales grew and the shop began to Mother. Thirteen years after buying the small come alive – and even started to give up shop, Prestat’s sales have grown more than its secrets. A hidden storeroom, that neither 100-fold and its chocolates are now stocked Bill nor Nick knew existed, revealed that everywhere, from Waitrose and John Lewis the Queen Mother had been a customer to Selfridges and Liberty. prestat.co.uk


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Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Yorkshire OLIVER WHITELEY, GLOUCESTER OLD SPOT PIGS Oliver Whiteley’s family has been farming in Yorkshire for three generations. After returning to Yorkshire from the south of England in 2007, Oliver and his family opened a luxury bed and breakfast business. But unable to find the perfect sausage and bacon for his discerning guests, Oliver took matters into his own hands and decided to produce his own. Working closely with Marks & Spencer, Oliver was keen to find just the right breed to produce the tastiest pork products for customers. After rearing a selection of traditional pig breeds, including Large Black, Saddleback, Tamworth, Berkshire and Gloucester Old Spot, the family was all in agreement that Gloucester Old Spot pork was by far the best.  Now running the business across four sites, Oliver’s passion for the breed is clear to see. Oliver and his team of skilled stockmen have carefully built up the biggest and best herd of Gloucester Old Spots in the world. Last year, there were 750 Gloucester Old Spot sows breeding pure litters in the UK, and this year Oliver has surpassed this, with his herd currently standing at 850 breeding females. The Gloucestershire Old Spot Pig Breeders’ Club, which Oliver belongs to, was awarded Traditional Speciality

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MEAT, FISH AND POULTRY Animal welfare is a priority for Oliver, whose pigs live outside

Guaranteed status (TSG) by the EU Commission in June 2010. To gain this sought-after status, the pigs must be purebred pedigree stock and the farming methods must be to the highest welfare standard, currently well above anything accepted within the pig industry. And Oliver’s welfare standards are certainly high. His pigs are free range for their entire lives and live outdoors in a stress-free environment. Oliver has successfully eliminated all the major pigproduction diseases and has developed a system that suits this slower-growing, old-fashioned breed. Put it all together and the result is high-welfare heritage pork that tastes delicious! Gloucester Old Spot pork is available exclusively in M&S.

 DONALD RUSSELL Great for top-notch beef and venison, welfare-kind fish and seafood. 01467-629666; donaldrussell.com  FISH FOR THOUGHT Fresh fish from Cornwall, as well as a range of frozen and smoked fish. 01208-262202; fishforthought.co.uk  THE FISH SOCIETY All freshly frozen, top-quality organic fish and seafood, including smoked fish. 01428-687768; thefishsociety.co.uk  FORMAN & FIELD Excellent smoked salmon and other fish, plus all sorts of food goodies, from pies and liqueurs to cheese and patisserie. (020) 3601 5464; formanandfield.com  GRAIG FARM ORGANICS Graig Farm has won awards for its organic meat and poultry. It now offers groceries, baby food and ready meals. 01686-627979; graigfarm.co.uk  LANE FARM COUNTRY FOODS For fabulous Freedom Food-standard pork, gammon, ham, bacon, sausages and salami. Owners Sue and Ian are happy to help with any cooking queries. 01379-384593; lanefarm.co.uk  GODFREYS For more than 100 years, this family butcher has been supplying superb free-range meat – and it’s now online, too. (020) 7226 2425; godfreys.co  THE WELL HUNG MEAT COMPANY Based in south Devon, this close-knit operation offers top-notch organic lamb, beef, pork and poultry. 01364-643087; wellhungmeat.com

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VIPs* South Caernarfon Creameries, Gwynedd LINDA LEWIS WILLIAMS, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR SOUTH CAERNARFON CREAMERIES Linda is the inspiration behind the delicious Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar, which is now one of its most popular cheeses. Linda has worked in the food industry for more than 30 years, and has specialised in cheese development for the past 18 years. Her passion about food and provenance has been the driving force behind many of the innovations she has overseen, including the creation of this truly unique cheese. Linda forged a partnership between South Caernarfon Creameries and Llechwedd Slate Caverns in 2014 to develop the cavern-aged Cheddar for Sainsbury’s. South Caernarfon Creameries is a farmer-owned cooperative in North Wales and uses Welsh milk to make its

cheeses, which they have been producing for almost 60 years. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar is made in a dairy in the foothills of Snowdonia. The cheese is made to a bespoke recipe and is left to mature for several months, during which time it is carefully graded and the very best is then packed into wooden crates and taken to Llechwedd Slate Caverns, about 16 miles away, for the traditional maturing process. Once at the mine, the cheese is transported by train on the world’s steepest railway, where it is left to mature in a cave 500-feet underground for several months. This gives the cheese its unique flavour. These caves have become a major attraction and form part of the mine’s guided tour. This delicious Cheddar has a firm body and depth of flavour, with rich savoury notes. Each block is sealed in a distinctive deep blue wax and stamped with the

Welsh dragon insignia. It’s available to buy at Sainsbury’s in pre-packed blocks and at the deli counter. sccwales.co.uk; sainsburys.co.uk

The cheese is matured in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Annanwater Hogget, Dumfries and Galloway STEPHEN AND SARAH BURCHELL, ANNANWATER HOGGET Stephen and Sarah have farmed near Moffat in south-west Scotland for 25 years. All the sheep are born and bred on their farm in Meiklholmside, near the famous Devil’s Beef Tub in Annan Water, Moffat. Sarah tells us: “We started Annanwater in 2007, selling our own home-bred blackface and blackfacecross lamb, hogget and mutton direct at farmers’ markets and to local restaurants. Lamb becomes hogget after its first Christmas and mutton after it is two years old. We have always had a passion for the wild, open Stephen and Sarah allow their sheep to roam freely

landscapes of northern Britain. We believe that this is the right environment for producing excellent meat from healthy animals. All our sheep graze freely on open hill land and upland meadows, enjoying high welfare standards and maturing naturally. Conventional lamb is farmed to be ready when only months old. Annanwater hogget is over a year old before it is ready to eat. It is hung for a week to 10

days. Our traditional approach produces a leaner, fuller-tasting meat that can be cooked and enjoyed just like lamb, but with a richer flavour. We were delighted to find that our hogget had been so highly rated by the Great Taste judges. To have such feedback from a judging panel with such knowledge and authoritative food expertise is incredible.” annanwater.co.uk


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 WING OF ST MAWES Offers a seasonal selection of fabulous fish from sustainable sources, with great recipes to make the most of your haul. 01726-862489; thecornishfishmonger.co.uk

ORGANIC VEGETABLES & FARMERS’ MARKETS  ABEL & COLE Award-winning one-stop shop for all things organic. Sign up for a weekly fruit and veg box to be delivered, which is filled with different produce each week. 08452-626262; abelandcole.co.uk  RIVERFORD ORGANIC FARMS Fantastic home-delivery service for fruit and vegetables, plus a great selection of meat, wine, fruit juices, dairy and eggs. 01803-762059; riverford.co.uk

Belinda started creating soups for her catering company

Yorkshire Provender Soups, Yorkshire BELINDA WILLIAMS, YORKSHIRE PROVENDER SOUPS Belinda was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales and loved to cook as a child. By 15, she had worked her way through the Cordon Bleu series, before going on to study cookery and travel the world. She met her husband, Terry, while on a trip to Australia at the age of 17, in the unlikely location of Cape Jubilation in the Australian rainforest. He was running a bar and she worked as his assistant, eventually taking over the kitchen. They returned to England, where they turned The Foresters Arms, a pub in Coverdale in the North Yorkshire Dales, into a gastronomic success.  Then it was back to Australia, where Terry worked in the wine trade, which proved handy for his future in soup. “There’s a clear comparison between making wine and making soup,” says Terry. “You’re preserving the integrity, the texture, the colour and the flavour of what’s there at the beginning. The best start gives the best finish”. Belinda and Terry returned to England to launch their catering firm, The Yorkshire Party Company, in 1996. In 2004, Belinda

started trialling soup recipes, during the cold dark winter months, when the catering and wedding world starts to quieten. Armed with learnt cookery skills from her mother while growing up on her parent’s farm in Wensleydale, and her travels, the soups started to come to life. In 2007, Belinda and Terry saw a gap in the market for an honest, fresh soup and Yorkshire Provender was born. Belinda still runs the Yorkshire Party Company and spends much of her time designing new soups as the co-director of Yorkshire Provender. Her first book, Delicious Soups, was published in 2013. yorkshireprovender.co.uk

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 A LOT OF ORGANICS Search engine where you can find suppliers of all things organic, from fruit and veg to beauty products, plus a directory of websites selling ethical and Fairtrade products. alotoforganics.co.uk  FARMERS’ MARKETS Find a certified farmers’ market from more than 500 in the UK. localfoods.org.uk

CHEESE  THE FINE CHEESE CO A great selection of British cheese and extras, including Devon clotted cream, pickles, crackers and chocolate truffles. 01225-448748; finecheese.co.uk  NEAL’S YARD DAIRY A British regional cheese specialist. Choose from Stinking Bishop and Gabriel, as well as Cheddar and Wensleydale. (020) 7500 7575; nealsyarddairy.co.uk  PAXTON & WHITFIELD For British and Continental cheeses, plus wines and fantastic gifts. 01451-823460; paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk  THE TEDDINGTON CHEESE A huge selection of both British and Continental cheeses, with great hampers and fabulous cheese wedding cakes. (020) 8977 6868; teddingtoncheese.co.uk

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Bacon wrapped roast squash Pumpkin soup with bacon and crème fraîche Mixed steak grill Bolognese with vegetable spaghetti Chorizo and chard pasta Poussin with sumac and lemon Egg and bacon omelette Sticky glazed chicken sticks Turkey and butternut squash curry Lamb rogan josh with yellow dhal Chicken tikka masala Korean marinated chicken with noodles Malaysian duck in lettuce cups Chinese chicken Thai chicken curry with aubergine and green beans Brined chicken with cider, pears and pumpkin Slow roast shoulder of pork with fennel seeds and chilli Pulled pork with fennel and mustard Gardener’s pie with bacon and lentils Osso bucco with gremolata Turkey meatballs Beef meatballs in Guinness with horseradish dumplings Chris Honor’s Chicken, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chilli, rosemary

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Warm squash and quinoa salad John Gregory Smith’s Wild rice, kale, chilli and pomegranate salad 18 Mushroom and sugar snap stir fry 30 Quick baked mushrooms with goats’ cheese

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34 Anna Jones’ Courgetti with pistachio, green herbs and ricotta 63 Bangladeshi aubergine and courgette curry 72 Baba ghanoush 72 Salsa 72 Pea fritters 78 Spiced red cabbage with juniper and bay 78 Roast carrots with cumin 78 Roasted root vegetables with honey and cumin 79 Swiss chard 80 Beetroot, potato and Taleggio gratin 90 Green veg risotto 90 Cheese gratin 96 Vegetable paella

 FISH AND SHELLFISH 24 Roast turbot with salsa verde and pumpkin 24 Fishcakes with a twist 27 Pissaladière 30 Spaghetti with parsley and prawns 64 Sichuan pepper and salt squid with plum dipping sauce 66 Jennifer Joyce’s Prawns with chorizo, chilli, lemon and parsley 72 Smoked haddock and leek tartlets 75 Plaice in hazelnut brown butter with samphire 75 Shellfish salad 79 Roast salmon parcel with lemon and dill 83 Mussels with dry sherry, garlic and thyme 84 Katie Quinn Davies’ Chia seed quiche with trout and potato

90 Filo topped fish pie 96 Crab and prawn cannelloni 101 Smoked haddock and Cheddar “hot pot”

 DESSERTS AND BAKES 12 Sticky squash with ice cream 38 Marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding 38 Mascarpone risotto with blueberry compote swirl 38 Caramelised clementine risotto 44 Rustic apple tart 44 Caramel topped citrus cheesecake 44 Salted caramel chocolate pots 48 Fruit and nut strudel 48 No bake truffle crunch 48 Rolo cheesecake 50 Annie Rigg’s Crème caramels with Marsala baked pears 108 Plum and marzipan cake 108 Ham and blue cheese whirls 108 Marble cake 113 Apple and almond cake 113 Chocolate almond cupcakes 114 Jammy love dodgers 114 Plum Linzertorte 116 Treacle pecan tart 117 Pear, plum and ginger crumble cake 118 Best choc chip cookies 118 Parkin with apple and star anise 121 Gluten free loaf 121 Toasted teacakes 122 Jo Pratt’s Apple, cranberry and walnut gluten-free loaf

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