This is a traditional breakfast dish of Indian origin. It originally consisted of rice, onion, lentils, spices, fresh limes, butter and fish.
Is there anything more evocative of lazy weekend mornings than the scent of frying bacon? Here is a bacon sandwich with a twist—the flavours go really well together, and create a satisfying sandwich that will fill you up all morning.
Homemade baked beans, served as a delicious accompaniment to eggs or sausages, or as a topping for toast, for a perfect start to the day.
This soup sings out with the flavours of summer, but since it is made with frozen peas, it can be enjoyed year round. It will become a family favourite — and one that you can make when you think you have nothing to eat.
It’s very important to use really good spiced vinegar to infuse the oval gems.
This soup is possibly the best comfort food in the world, particularly if someone in the home is feeling a bit below par. You need only about half of the chicken, so strip off the rest and use in a salad.
To take a prawn cocktail from ho-hum to wow involves just a little more work on the part of the cook. Get the best flavour by starting with whole, head-on prawns and cook them yourself. Mix up classic cocktail sauce in a few seconds, then serve it all chilled.
Vegans can enjoy a creamy potato salad using either a purchased dairy-free mayonnaise or by making it from scratch. The mayonnaise for this recipe is also delicious in a baked potato, on a sandwich or with your favourite salad ingredients.
Gluten-free, low-carb, high protein, and high in nutrients – the ultimate superfood canapé and a great talking point for health conscious friends. Smoked oysters in tins sounds a little odd but trust me, mixed with the cream cheese and lemon juice they are divine.
Beef and horseradish are a classic combination; both work well with beetroot, so serve with a beetroot salad or a potato salad. The flavoured butter can be made in advance and kept in the fridge or can be made in bulk and kept in the freezer until needed.
Gammon is a popular ham in England, and this recipe is gammon (ham steaks are a fine substitute) and pineapple with a twist. You can use fresh or canned pineapple for the salsa, but fresh is best.
Pork medallions will cook through in the time taken to brown them on the outside, so it’s worth the extra time spent banging them with a rolling pin or mallet — or even the back of a frying pan. Serve with simple mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.
T-bone steaks have both fillet and sirloin together, making them especially tasty and tender.
Slowly braising pork in red wine adds depth and personality to this beautifully tender meat.
Making a cheese sauce to go with vegetables is an easy way to tempt children to eat vegetables. A cauliflower is a lot more tasty with a cheese sauce than on its own, and in the UK 'cauliflower cheese' is a popular comfort food. You can adapt the recipe by adding a little hot sauce to spice up the cheese sauce for adults sharing the meal or by sprinkling some grated Parmesan cheese on the top before grilling.
The perfect way to use up leftover roast chicken, this pot pie is pure comfort food.
These tasty scallops make a lovely light meal accompanied by a mango salsa, or an avocado salad. They are every bit as good as their deep-fried cousins, but much lower in fat.
If venison sausages are hard to find, use any premium quality fresh sausages. The beer makes a rich and hearty gravy that complements the sausages beautifully.
This is a fantastic way to cook fish. Wrapping in packets means that, in effect, the food is steamed in its own moisture, retaining all its flavour and goodness. If you are cooking in your oven rather than on an barbeque, you can use greaseproof paper in place of foil, but be sure to wrap the edges tightly together.
This dish requires only a few minutes' preparation, before it fills your home with an incredible aroma. It’s perfect rainy-day food.
This British classic is a wholesome meal, low in fat and high in nutrients.
If you have never prepared rabbit at home before, this uncomplicated recipe with impressive results is the perfect place to start. Ask your butcher to cut the rabbit for you.
Nothing quite beats a slice of rich, dark ginger cake. This one is even better a few days after baking; so if you can, make it a few days in advance, wrap tightly and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
There's no better ending to a summer meal than a bowl of cobbler drizzled with cream.
Everyone loves this retro classic, with its delicious flavour and melting golden texture.
This is an all-time classic British cake named for Queen Victoria. Traditionally, it is split and filled with jam, then simply dusted with icing sugar. This version is made of two layers of sponge cake sandwiched with fresh raspberries, jam and cream.
There are a great many variations of this classic cake, but this one flavoured with orange, cinnamon and ginger is particularly good. The combination of sweet, crumbly sponge cake and rich, creamy icing is hard to beat.
This is an old classic British pudding that has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance.
Sweet, nutty and rich with the intense flavour of apricot, this simple loaf cake is perfect for any occasion. Bake it when you have guests for coffee, or just enjoy it as an everyday treat.
This is one of the all-time classic simple cakes that has been enjoyed for generations. Originally the cake was made with a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour — hence its name
Try adding this relish as a pizza topping. It’s also a great match for veggie or pork sausage and hotdogs.
Kedgeree, dating from British colonial days, is a brunch dish made with flaked, smoked fish, cooked rice, hard-boiled eggs, fresh herbs and a white sauce to bind it all together. Some people like to add a dash of curry powder. When made with hot-smoked fish, this dish is divine. Although smoked haddock is the usual fish for kedgeree, you can also use salmon, trout or whitefish.
Cauliflower and peppers complement each other beautifully in this gorgeous offering.
This is delicious at a brunch buffet, and you can make it entirely in advance. Just reheat to serve.
These are very similar to rosti, but they’re the American version of the Swiss classic. They take a little planning, as you start them the night before.
These are pretty as a picture. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, the 'healthy' fats that carry a host of beneficial properties. With 99 calories in an 80-gram serving, smoked salmon earns its keep in anyone’s books.
These dumplings are traditionally made with suet (I prefer vegetable suet), which can sometimes be found in the ethnic aisle in the supermarket. But they are equally as good made with butter. During the cooking process, dumplings soak up the flavour from the stew and are a delicious way of mopping up the gravy.
Tender pork and aromatic fennel are a match made in heaven. Serve with a dish of garlic-mashed potatoes.