Mushroom Soup

Caroline Samuels creates a Mushroom Soup

Pitch Perfect Chocolate Mousse

Caroline’s passion for cooking was inspired by her mother, a home economist, from whom she acquired most of her cookery skills. She has also trained at cookery schools in France and Italy and Leith’s Cookery School in London. Caroline is...

Mint Couscous

This is so easy and can be made up to 3 hours in advance and kept at room temperature. Couscous is very welcoming to lots of flavours – parsley, coriander, harissa, chopped pistachios, lemon juice, dried fruits and pomegranates can...

Delicious Chicken

This is an exotic and warming main dish that I accidentally created one day when a recipe called for the flavour-packed marinade in which my chicken was reclining to be discarded. I ignored the instructions and cooked the chicken in...

Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Soup

This recipe is easy (you don’t even have to peel the potatoes) but relatively lengthy because of roasting the vegetables. It is worth the time – the combination of roasted garlic and tuber is divine.

Parsnip, Apple and Thyme Soup

Caroline Samuels creates a Parsnip, Apple and Thyme Soup

Cheese Gougères

“Gougères” sound so much more glamorous than “cheesy puffs” but this is essentially what they are! A deliciously light choux pastry flavoured with mature cheddar. A warm pile of these delicious bites served on a large platter is all that...

Stuffed Baby Pumpkins

If you can find – or grow – some mini pumpkins (I was given some called ‘Hooligan’ last year; they were total thugs in the veg patch, but prolific and sweet and just the right size for this recipe). They...

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Feta and Bacon

This is a versatile dish – vegetarians can just omit the bacon, you can substitute blue or goat’s cheese for the feta and use spinach or broccoli instead of kale. It’s my autumn cardi in a bowl.

Pumpkin Gnocchi

These aren’t quite as firm as potato gnocchi, but soft, sweet and flavoursome, they make an unusual accompaniment, or can be served as a starter (with blue cheese sauce) for two.


Lucinda Hamilton creates some Profiteroles


Lucinda Hamilton creates some Lamingtons

Spiced Coffee Cake

Lucinda Hamilton makes a Spiced Coffee Cake

Marble Cake

Lucinda Hamilton creates a multicoloured Marble Cake

Mini Almond Victoria Sponge Cakes

Cake-baker extraordinaire and creator of Cocolicious cake company, Lucinda Hamilton, shares her deliciously different recipes for the perfect afternoon tea

Mini Fruit Tartlets

Lucinda Hamilton creates sone Mini Fruit Tartlets

Salmon and Asparagus Penne

This is so quick and easy, one of those impressive but effortless dishes to serve for a light supper/lunch. It can be made even more quickly if you use smoked salmon – just cut into strips (or use trimmings) and...

Warm Asparagus and New Potato Salad

This recipe is versatile, so if you do grow your own vegetables, add or substitute whatever salad crops you have ready for harvesting.

Ham Wrapped Asparagus with Cheese Sauce

I often make this dish with baby leeks, but it works so well with asparagus – and it’s much easier to cut! Makes a great starter.

Easy Cauliflower & Green Bean Curry

This simple curry makes a perfect spring family supper for meat eaters and vegetarians alike and is a great way of using up all those vegetables lurking in the bottom of the fridge. I like the combination of colours and...

Easter Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Cake

It’s lovely to have a cake in a tin for when all the family come home for Easter and this quick all in one version fits my current need for impact without too much hard work. I can even freeze...

All in One Chicken with New Potatoes & Peppers

This really is one of the quickest and easiest recipes so ideal for feeding families easily and quickly during the holidays. Everything goes into one pan and comes with its own delicious gravy – for younger children I just serve...

Mince Pies

Caroline Cowan makes some Christmas Mince Pies

Christmas Chocolate Cake

Caroline Cowan makes a Chocolate Cake for Christmas

Parmesan and Bacon Pancakes

Caroline Cowan creates Parmesan and Bacon Pancakes

Vanilla Cheesecake Glazed with Blueberries

Juliet Bidwell creates a Vanilla Cheesecake with Blueberries

Upside Down Cherry & Almond Cake

Juliet Bidwell makes an Upside Down Cherry & Almond Cake

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Blueberry Crumble

Soft fruits are nutritious, versatile and completely delicious! Nothing signals the start of summer quite like the first homegrown strawberry, fragrant raspberry or freshly-picked juicy cherry.

Lamb Kebabs

Caroline Cowan creates some Lamb Kebabs, perfect for a Barbecue

Couscous Salad

Caroline Cowan makes a couscous salad

Pistachio and Rosewater Meringues served with Greek Yogurt and Rhubarb Compote

Caroline Cowan creates a different take on a Meringue.

Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom, Cider and Cream

Pork tenderloin is as tender and flavoursome as its name implies. It’s ideal sliced and simply pan-fried and works well with the traditional companion ingredients for pork – mushrooms, sage and cream

Roast Pork with Apple Mint Sauce

It’s when you try a classic roast pork joint that the difference in flavour and texture of the RBPC’s pork more than comes into its own. The aroma of the meat cooking will tell you that this is something special;...

Chinese Duck & Red Cherry Salad

This dish makes a perfect elegant yet simple summer supper with the complementary sweet and sour flavours that make crispy duck a perennial favourite at Chinese restaurants. Serve with a glass of chilled rosé

Cherry Chocolate Pots

These little pots have the texture of a crème brûlée – smooth and velvety but with a hit of dark chocolate. They are best made the day before then chilled overnight and served with cherries for dipping if you can’t...

Cherry Frangipane Tart

As a child I always loved cherry and almond cake and learnt to make it as soon as I could cook for myself. This tart marries the same flavours and is a lovely summer treat, perfect for summer parties and...

Barbecued Peaches with Sticky Toffee Sauce and Ice Cream

Most people might have had a go at barbecuing bananas but plenty of other fruit works really well cooked over the coals. Try this recipe with slices of fresh pineapple, strawberries and sliced bananas threaded onto skewers, or as here,...

Couscous with Spiced Barbecued Vegetables

Have the couscous base all ready prepared and simply barbecue the veg, slice and stir in for a wonderful salad that either stands alone or can be piled into warm pitta bread with barbecued lamb kebabs

Barbecued Beetroot, New Potato and Spring Onion Kebabs with Walnut Stilton Pesto

Fresh baby beetroot can be cooked wrapped in foil and tucked straight in amongst the barbecue coals so you don’t use up space on the grid, or as here parboiled then brushed with oil, then put on skewers with potatoes...

Blueberry, Shallot & Rosemary Sauce

Juliet Bidwell creates a Blueberry, Shallot & Rosemary Sauce to accompany a roast chicken or roast duck

Strawberries in Lemon Syrup

June marks the start of the English summer. Juliet Bidwell celebrates the abundance of soft fruits arriving in the fields and farmshops of the Weald

Rhubarb Soup

Juliet Bidwell creates a Rhubarb Soup

All-In-One Rhubarb and Almond Cake

This cake is a standby dessert in my home at any time of year – I just add whatever fruit is in season so it becomes apple and blackberry in autumn, raspberry and redcurrant in the summer and mincemeat and...

Spiced Roasted Belly Pork with Honey & Apple Vinegar Glaze & Caramelised Sweet Potatoes

Locally produced pork is an ideal meat for early spring, as its lighter flavour and texture goes so well with the last of the winter’s vegetables – I serve it with braised spring cabbage and, as here, caramelised sweet potatoes....

Scallop and Leek Risotto

Rye Bay scallops will be in season till the end of the month and just a few are needed to add their sweet flavour to this luxurious risotto. Prepare ahead up until the last stages of adding the stock, then...

Wealden Onion Soup

This is the ultimate dinner party soup. It looks impressive, is rich and delicious. I grew an abundance of onions in my vegetable garden last year and am always looking for delicious onion recipes and this one certainly fits the...

Winterstrone with Lemon Ciabatta

Minestrone means ‘big soup’ in Italian. It’s made with vegetables and often contains pasta, beans or rice. There is no set recipe for minestrone and this recipe is a family favourite that has been cooked in our kitchen for more...