Turkish lamb pilau, with roasted aubergine and capsicum salad.

Turkish lamb pilau

Turkish Lamb pilau Serve up a basmati rice one pot flavoured with cinnamon, mint and apricot, studded with tender lamb (can also be done in a slow cooker / crockpot). Don't use any pine nuts or almonds

Smoked haddock gratin, a lovely winter warmer. I used smoked warehou, and added artichoke hearts for extra piquancy.

Smoked haddock gratin

Smoked haddock gratin: A rich and creamy fish pie that's packed with hidden vegetables like spinach and tomato - a family bake

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.

Thai beef salad

Warm Thai Beef Salad recipe: This aromatic Asian salad combines lemony-flavoured coriander leaves with cool cucumber, refreshing mint and rare beef.

Yes I know, eggplant, and it is a bit fiddly to make, but the combination of flavours is lovely.

Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnut with minted courgettes

Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnut with minted courgettes recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food

My Persian Feast: Ghormeh-Sabzi - Persian Herb Stew - قورمه‌ سبزی

My Persian Feast: Ghormeh-Sabzi - Persian Herb Stew - قورمه‌ سبزی -- modify no beans

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.

Black Bean and Beef Chili with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa

Black bean and beef chili recipe with cilantro, lime, and avocado salsa nom-nom-nom-recipes

A memory of childhood.

The Perfect Apple Crumble

Chicken stuffed with goat's cheese, tarragon, chili and lemon zest, wrapped with prosciutto and baked. Beautifully moist and flavoursome. Served with sauteed courgettes and cherry tomatoes.

Chicken stuffed with goat’s cheese & tarragon

Versatile chicken breasts work perfectly when stuffed with cheese, tarragon and chilli and wrapped in crispy proscuitto. Just had this for dinner, I used Serrano ham instead, and added some vine tomatoes, tasty and easy to prepare.

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.

Rhubarb and berry mascarpone trifle

Rhubarb and Berry Mascarpone Trifle----Busy all week, but love getting into the kitchen at weekends for a bit of cooking therapy? Try your hand at this gutsy flavoured, Mediterranean-inspired dessert. Preparation: Cook: Serves: Rated: Stars by 4 people.