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Bacon and broad bean salad

Bacon and broad bean salad

This delicious warm salad is packed with strong flavours and makes a fabulous supper or lunch served with chunks of crusty bread or a side dish of new potatoes. Use a mild smoked bacon as it is slightly less salty than some of the other cures.

Aromatic beef curry

Aromatic beef curry

This will satisfy even the most demanding curry addict. Lean and tender sirloin steak is quickly cooked with lots of spices, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach, with yogurt added to give a luxurious feel. Served with cardamom-spiced rice, it makes a really healthy and nutritious meal.

Asparagus risotto with truffle oil

Asparagus risotto with truffle oil

Not only is risotto satisfying and delicious, it is a great vehicle for whatever fresh vegetables are in season. It needs plenty of stirring, but still takes only minutes to become perfectly cooked and creamy. A little truffle oil is a luxurious finishing touch for this risotto with fresh asparagus.

Curried lentil and vegetable pilaf

Curried lentil and vegetable pilaf

By using some supermarket convenience foods, such as ready-prepared vegetables, and ginger and garlic bottled in oil, this dish can be on the table in half an hour. It makes a one-dish vegetarian meal that is rich in protein, starchy carbohydrate and other essential nutrients.

Salmon with mango salsa

Salmon with mango salsa

Here is a wonderful mixture of bright colours and zingy flavours, from the peppery topping on the salmon to the mustardy watercress and fragrant mango salsa with its surprise kick. This is certainly vitality food – it looks great and is bursting with vitamins and minerals.

Lamb burgers with fruity relish

Lamb burgers with fruity relish

The advantage of making your own burgers is that you know exactly what's in them – and they can look and taste better than any takeaway. An orange and raspberry relish adds a lovely fresh flavour to these juicy lamb burgers as well as lots of vitamins. Serve with a green or mixed salad.

Melon, fetta and orange salad

Melon, fetta and orange salad

Here, the classic starter of melon and prosciutto is transformed into a tempting main-dish salad with the addition of fetta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and oranges. Serve for lunch, with warm ciabatta bread to mop up the juices, or as a starter for 6 people.

Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braised duck with crunchy salad

Braising duck breast fillets in red wine with garlic and ginger, plus a little redcurrant jelly for sweetness, produces moist, tender and flavoursome meat. The duck is cut into strips and served on a colourful mixture of crisp raw vegetables and fruit.

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Although a one-pot dish on its own, this tagine is superb with the quick and easy couscous recipe given below. If you can’t find dried cherries, use dried or frozen cranberries instead.

Pasta Presto

Pasta Presto

Pasta is easy to prepare and you can make it special with toppings of fresh herbs and a drizzle of good olive oil or a sprinkle of shaved hard cheese. Here are more quick ideas.

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pappardelle

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pappardelle

Chicken, cherry tomatoes and rocket complement each other beautifully in this quick pasta dish that is perfect for both a midweek meal or a celebration.

Lets Do Brunch!

Let’s Do Brunch!

Lazy weekends or indulgent late mornings are the best time to enjoy a leisurely brunch. To make it easy, keep the following convenience staples in your pantry or freezer: maple syrup, canned corn, rolled oats, frozen spinach and peas, frozen berries and, of course, always have eggs in your fridge!

Quick and Healthy Eggs

Quick and Healthy Eggs

Eggs are fantastic if you want something quick. An omelette is fast food at its best. Basil, parsley or chives are a perfect addition, or spice it up with Vietnamese mint or Thai basil. A zesty tomato chutney will give it flair. This recipe serves 1.

Quick Chicken Laksa

Quick Chicken Laksa

This popular South-East Asian noodle soup is very versatile; you can make it using chicken, tofu, mixed seafood or a combination of all three. Laksa paste is sold in jars in specialist grocery stores, larger supermarkets and online — it can vary a little in heat, so adjust the quantity to suit your taste.

seafood and vegetable stir-fry

Mixed seafood and vegetable stir-fry

A tempting and easy to prepare and cook Asian dish that's perfect for a midweek meal.

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