Father's Day Collection

Show Dad how special he is with this delicious collection of recipes.

Celebration breakfast bellini

Traditionally this cocktail is made with puréed white peaches and Italian sparkling wine, with a little raspberry or cherry juice to give it a pink glow. Ideally you want one-third peach purée to two-thirds champagne.

All-day breakfast bread

Everything you want for breakfast wrapped up in a warm loaf of bread.

Cornbread

Cornbread is a popular bread enjoyed all over the Americas. It is easy to make and satisfying with chilli or other spicy stews.

Baked tortilla chips & chunky salsa

This is a great sharing dish, which will keep you and your friends going while you put the world to rights.

Cheese & onion puff pastry pies

Caramelised onions and melted cheese encased in flaky puff pastry is pure comfort food.

Quesadilla with tomato, cheese & chilli sauce

This dish makes a great emergency snack – the tasty little sandwiches take no time to prepare and cook. Serve them alone or accompanied by guacamole or a spicy dip. Use the remaining tortillas to make filled wraps or to eat with chilli. Reseal the package using sticky tape or transfer to a zip-lock bag and keep for a couple of days. Alternatively, freeze for use another time.

Clams with chorizo, garlic & chilli

Clams and Spanish chorizo make an exceptionally good combination. The smoky meatiness of the sausage brings an interesting dimension to the seafood. This is lovely served in a big tapas dish, with a few chunks of crusty bread to mop up the delicious spicy juices at the end.

Barbecued lime & chilli chicken

Nothing is nicer than a succulent piece of flavoursome grilled chicken. The instructions here work for a grill or an outside barbecue, depending on the weather! You can put the chicken together with the marinade in a resealable plastic bag for up to 24 hours in the fridge or make up a batch and freeze them in the bags.

Herbed beer can chicken

Steaming a chicken over a half-filled beer can infuses it with a delicious flavour.

Pasta alla carbonara (pasta with carbonara sauce)

This classic pasta dish is traditionally served with either spaghetti or bucatini. It relies on the flavour of the pancetta and plenty of freshly ground black pepper for the best results.

The ultimate steakhouse burger

A classic burger, stripped back to its basics and unadulterated by extra flavourings.

Baja fish tacos

With a pitcher of margaritas or a frosty Mexican beer, enjoy the fresh flavour of these grilled fish tacos and all the authentic Baja trimmings: red cabbage slaw, fresh salsa and avocado cream. Use whatever mild, white-fleshed fish is freshest.

Seafood gumbo

This recipe calls for filé powder, a seasoning made from the dried leaves of the sassafras tree. Serve gumbo on a bed of rice.

Argentinian-style rib eye steaks

No one cooks beef as well as the Argentinians, and this method is particularly successful.

Bouillabaisse

A classic French stew that is a feast for seafood lovers.

Steak with horseradish butter

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.

Brandade de morue with cherry tomatoes

This traditional comfort food dish from the Mediterranean uses dried salt cod, usually available at specialty grocery stores. Allow 48 hours to soak the salt cod. Serve with French bread.

Vietnamese fish steamed with beer

This popular Vietnamese dish can be prepared with fish or shellfish or both. In the Vietnamese markets, large crabs are sold specifically for this versatile dish, which can easily be adapted to feed as many people as you like.

Sizzling skirt steak fajitas

Either skirt or flank steak makes incredible fajitas. The trick is to marinate the steak first, cook it only until medium-rare then slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve your fajitas with store-bought or homemade flour tortillas, guacamole and pico de gallo.

Egg noodles with sesame chicken & mangetout

This is delicious warm or cold. Try taking it to work for lunch or to a picnic.

Coconut fish curry

This curry comes from the southern part of India, an area that is abundantly rich in both coconuts and seafood.

Pork steaks with apple & sage

Pork and apple, a classic combination, is pepped up with a few herbs and some grainy mustard here. For a special occasion, you could substitute 2 tablespoons Calvados for some of the apple juice. This dish is delicious accompanied by steamed cabbage or green beans and a couple of simple boiled potatoes.

Steak & shitake teriyaki

Using soba noodles reduces the calories by about one-third over regular egg noodles.

Beer and herb prawns

These juicy prawns are particularly delicious with glasses of dark beer to complement the smoky flavours of the marinade.

Whiskey & almond marmalade

This Scottish traditional recipe is how my granny made her marmalade, full of intense flavours. Served with homemade bread and butter, it was my gran’s vice and is mine too!

Rich chocolate pots with coffee cream

Chocolate and coffee are natural partners and combine together beautifully in this classic French dessert. Once the egg yolks have been added, transfer the mixture to a measuring jug to make it easier to pour into the ramekins.

Baileys tiramisu

This is a rich, delicious dessert that can be made well in advance.

Sticky toffee sponges with fudge sauce

A classic English dessert that’s warm and comforting when the weather is cold. The soft crumbly sponge makes the perfect foil for the creamy fudge sauce.

Crema catalana

Crema catalana is a pudding that’s very similar to crème brûlée, but the custard base is not baked but thickened and set with a little cornflour. It has a great depth and warmth of flavour from the lemon and cinnamon.

Peaches with blue cheese and honey

Blue cheese isn't often used in desserts – but its rich creaminess is essential here.

Chocolate & ginger torte

Light and crumbly on the outside and moist and melting on the inside, this divine chocolate torte is perfect served for dessert with thick cream poured over the top.

New york cheesecake

This simple cheesecake, flavoured with lemon and vanilla and topped with a snowy white layer of sour cream, is an all-time classic.

Whisky sour

Sours — cocktails sharpened with a good shot of citrus juice — date from 1850s America, when they were made with brandy. Today, whisky, usually bourbon or Irish whiskey rather than Scotch, is more popular, but any spirit can be used. It’s important to use freshly squeezed lemon juice to achieve the necessary “sour” flavour.

Rum raisin cheesecake

Rum and raisins is a classic pairing in desserts, and nowhere is it better than in this easy-to-make cheesecake. For best results, take the cheesecake out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving.

Matcha green tea ice cream

Mild and refreshing in flavour and ever so good for you, serve with a selection of tropical sliced fruit.

Double chocolate mousse

This is a very rich mousse. As the quantities are generous, you can also divide the mixture into 8 and serve in smaller glasses or espresso cups.

Mexican coffee

Coffee came to Mexico from the Antilles and has been cultivated in the highlands since the late 18th century. Known as café de olla – after the earthenware pot in which it is traditionally brewed – this coffee also tastes wonderful when made in a percolator. Look for Mexican coffee varieties with “SHG” on the package for “strictly high grown” coffee beans grown in the highest altitude, which contributes to their robust flavour.

Strawberry vanilla cheesecake

Unlike a classic baked cheesecake, this creamy, intensely flavoured cheesecake relies on gelatine to set it. Serve with fresh strawberries on the side.

Cappuccino cheesecake

Sweet and creamy with the distinctive bitter flavour of coffee, this luscious cheesecake makes a fabulous dessert or a treat to serve with coffee.

Salt cod-stuffed piquillo peppers

Punchy and piquant, piquillo peppers are a regular feature in Portuguese cooking. These scarlet beauties are often found pickled or tinned, which makes them a fantastic item to keep in your pantry. When stuffing the peppers, handle them with the utmost care as the skins tear easily, which will ruin their ability to contain the salt cod mixture.

Lamb steaks with hot slaw

A hot slaw is perfect on a cool day when the thought of a cold salad doesn’t appeal. A flavoured oil is used to scent the lamb, but if you didn’t get any as a birthday gift this year, use olive oil and a little chopped rosemary instead.

King prawns with garlic & smoked paprika

This recipe encapsulates the simplicity of rustic Spanish cooking. The mingling flavours of the marinade combine beautifully with the sweet succulent prawns, while charred edges from the barbecue or griddle give the slightest of crunches and a heady smoked aroma. You can substitute jumbo prawns, but the king prawns or royal red prawns look much more authentic.

Minestrone

Minestrone means ‘big soup’ – it is designed to fill you up. The vegetables used can vary according to personal taste and availability, but this is the classic recipe.

Breakfast sausage burger with bacon & cheese

Very similar to fast food, but much better homemade.

World’s best margarita

Made from the blue agave plant that is native to the desert region of western Mexico, tequila evolved from a fermented beverage drunk by the Aztecs. When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of brandy after they landed in 1521, they created tequila, the first distilled beverage in the New World. In Mexico, a margarita is made with native Key limes, the smaller, thinner-skinned version of the more common Persian lime. Use the best-quality tequila for the best flavour.

Sizzling mushroom fajitas

Beef-tasting portabello mushrooms, in place of traditional beef or chicken, make delicious fajitas, too. Serve with flour tortillas, guacamole, and fresh salsa.

Banana leaf-wrapped fish fillets on the grill

Leaf-wrapping foods is an ancient rainforest cooking method that was popular with both Mayan and Incan cultures. The leaves allow the fish to stay moist, delicious and gently flavoured. You can find banana leaves, fresh and frozen in some large supermarkets and specialist shops. Serve these fillets with slow-simmered black beans and Mexican confetti rice.

Pasta with black & green olives

Because the sauce is cold, this dish is never piping hot, which makes it ideal for summer eating. Use tagliatelle if serving warm, but it's equally delicious served cold with a short pasta such as ruote (wheels).

Mexican beef brisket stew

Known as caldillo (little soup), this brothy stew makes great cold weather fare.

Jamaican rum punch

This one is from Jamaica, where there are many mixes featuring the locally brewed rum — all designed to seduce visitors as well as locals looking to chill out as the sun goes down.

Couscous with spicy fish

Couscous is often thought of as a grain, but it is in fact a tiny pasta. It's often used in northern Africa as a foil to spicy dishes.

Thai-style coconut noodle soup

This hot, spicy coconut broth ladled over fine wheat noodles makes a delicious, sustaining meal. Try it as a spicy alternative to traditional chicken noodle soup.

Miso with ramen & seared tuna

This light Japanese broth is poured over tender ramen noodles (fine, quick-cooking wheat noodles) and topped with seared tuna to make a healthy and delicious meal.

Spaghetti with clams & tomato

This is a delicious version of 'Spaghetti alle Vongole.’ Do make sure the clams are perfectly fresh before cooking them.

Traditional lasagne

This is one of the best-loved and much-imitated of all Italian pasta dishes.

Jambalaya

A classic of Louisiana Creole cuisine, jambalaya can even be made with alligator meat!

Papaya and mango smoothie

A thick and sustaining smoothie, but delicately fragrant with the scents of tropical fruits.

Hamburger stroganoff

A speedy alternative to the classic stroganoff.

Quick fish curry

Simple and satisfying, this curry uses only one frying pan and is ready in a matter of minutes.

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