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Fruity Bircher muesli

Fruity Bircher muesli

The original recipe for this nutritious breakfast cereal was developed over a century ago, by Dr Bircher–Benner at his clinic in Zurich. The technique of soaking the cereal, here using milk, makes it easier to digest, and also easier to eat.

Garlicky fresh cheese

Garlicky fresh cheese

This tangy, soft–textured yogurt cheese, flavoured with herbs and garlic, makes a healthy starter or snack, and is a great addition to a picnic basket, too. The garlic is blanched for a sweeter flavour. Serve with fresh vegetables for dipping, plus wholemeal bread, to be spread with the cheese.

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

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

Golden penne with goat's cheese

Golden penne with goat's cheese

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

Herbed French toast

Herbed French toast

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

High-vitality milkshake

High-vitality milkshake

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

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros

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

Little custard pot

Little custard pot

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

Teriyaki swordfish skewers

Teriyaki swordfish skewers

An aromatic Asian seafood dish that is perfect to serve at dinner parties.

Camembert and broccoli pancakes

Camembert and broccoli pancakes

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

Teriyaki-glazed seafood skewers

Teriyaki-glazed seafood skewers

East meets West in this intriguing salad of tiger prawns, prosciutto, zucchini (courgette) and tomato, served on skewers and marinated in a delicious glaze with a hint of citrus. Served on a bed of lettuce leaves, this makes a stylish lunch or dinner.

Thai beef and broccoli salad

Thai beef and broccoli salad

This wonderful Thai salad with fresh mint, basil, coriander (cilantro) and lime makes a perfect light lunch or dinner idea. The tender lean steak works perfectly with the crisp crunch of lightly steamed broccoli and is terrifically good for you as well.

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

Thai pork patties with coconut greens

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

Thai sour seafood soup

Thai sour seafood soup

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

Thai-style beef sandwiches

Thai-style beef sandwiches

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

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