Looking for an easy way to impress at your next barbecue? The perfect accompaniment for pulled pork? Try this delicious homemade coleslaw pimped up with fresh apple.
I lived on pulses when I worked in India, inspiring this dish of spicy black beluga lentils. It tastes even better if you let the flavours develop, so make extra and keep some in the fridge for another day.
Legend says this was eaten by the Welsh when times were so austere that there wasn't even rabbit to be found. If this was the result, maybe the credit crunch won't be so bad!
Making pasta at home is much easier than you might think. These ravioli make a delicious vegetarian main course. They also freeze well, so it's worth making a batch. Serve with freshly made garlic bread and a glass of something cold and white.
For people who need to wake their taste buds with something more exciting than a bowl of cornflakes. It's also great for a hangover...
There is something strangely gratifying about making your own homemade cheese. For ricotta the process is very straight forward: take some milk, add an acid to make the curd separate from the whey and sieve.
This is the ultimate macaroni cheese. I like to add diced pancetta but you can substitute chopped mushrooms if you prefer a vegetarian option. This recipe also makes a great side dish, just bake in individual ramekins and reduce the final cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
Originating in Genoa, this classic pesto sauce is packed with fresh flavours and can be prepared in the time it takes to cook your pasta.
According to legend, the Margherita was first created when a Neapolitan pizza chef was commissioned to cook for the visit of Queen Margherita. His now famous tomato, basil and mozzarella recipe was supposedly based on the red, green and white of the Italian flag.
Making a good risotto is not difficult as long as you follow a few simple rules: have everything ready before you start, use the right variety of rice (Arborio, Vialone Nano or Calasparra), stir constantly to release the starch and use a good flavourful stock. Simple.
This was a winter staple when I was growing up, served with slices of cooked ham and a big spoonful of baked beans. It's a great midweek family supper - perfect when only comfort food will do.
Every cook should have a great tomato soup recipe. Adding roasted garlic, basil, Worcestershire sauce and a little balsamic vinegar really lifts the flavour. But, whatever your favourite recipe, a slice of cheese on toast on the side makes all the difference!