Thai beef salad. I make this with fillet steak instead of rump, brown sugar instead of palm sugar (since my supermarket doesn't stock the latter), and cashews instead of peanuts. I also leave out the onion, and serve with rice. I imagine this would be extra delicious with the meat barbequed.
Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnut with minted courgettes
I'm glad I found the chipotle because it gives the chili a wonderfully smoky. authentic flavour. It happily simmered for a couple of hours with the lid half on without any need for extra fluid. The avocado salsa is a lovely contrast.
Rhubarb and blueberry mascarpone trifle: the tartness of the rhubarb and orange is refreshing in the middle of summer. But the mascarpone layer was sweeter than I remember it being last time I made this, so I might try making it with less sugar next time, or leaving the sugar out altogether. Nevertheless, it goes down well with both adults and children.