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Hazelnut pesto

Put the hazelnuts, parsley, lemon zest and salt in a small food processor. Pulse to break down.<p>Pour in the olive oil – with the motor running, if …

Butternut-chilli mash

Peel and chop the butternut pumpkin and potato into 5cm (2 inch) chunks. Steam over a pan of boiling water for 20 minutes, until tender.<p>Meanwhile, …

Mild salmon curry

Heat the oil in a broad pan or wok over medium-high heat. Dice the shallot and cook until it starts to take on some colour. Add the chillies, …

Bittersweet chocolate loaf cake

<i>I’m surrounded by cake shops – first-world problem, I know – with some of the city’s most famous fancy bakeries within walking distance of my front</i> …

Buckwheat salad with herbs and nuts

Cook the buckwheat in lightly salted, rapidly boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and leave to drain again.<p>In a broad …

Quick red pepper dip

Drain the peppers well and put them in the bowl of a small processor. Measure in all the other ingredients and pulse until combined but with some …

Tangy red coleslaw

To make the pink pickled onion, cut the onion in half and slice finely. Place the slices in a small bowl and add the juice of one of the limes and a …

Maple and lemon chicken marinade

Put the chicken into a large, resealable plastic bag. Grate in the zest of the lemon, then cut it in half and add the juice. Put the reamed out lemon …

Sprouts, shallots and hazelnuts

Trim and halve the Brussels sprouts and red shallots. Toss in olive oil on a baking tray.<p>Grate the zest of the lemon over and scatter with little …

Pistachio and parmesan chicken strips

Put the chicken in a plastic bag (or, if they came in a bag, just use that). Add 2 tablespoons flour and shake to coat well. Set aside.<p>In a shallow …

Quick berry crumble

Set your oven 200°C (400°F).<p>Put the flour, baking powder and butter in a bowl and rub with the pads of your forefingers and thumbs until crumbs form. …

Carbonara flatbread pizza

To make the cheese sauce, put the flour, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Switch on medium heat. When the butter melts, whisk until it begins to …

Chorizo and chickpea baked rice

Set your oven to 200°C (400°F). If using liquid beef stock (see note above), start warming it in a small saucepan.<p>In a heavy-based deep pan (one for …

Spinach and tomato sformato

Set your oven to 200°C (400°F) and lightly butter one large (about 2-cup capacity) baking dish or 2 small (1-cup capacity) ramekins.<p>Warm the olive …