Rocket and walnut pesto

Jo Arnell salutes the best of seasonal, locally-sourced produce with effortlessly simple recipes that pack a fresh flavour punch.

Halibut with wild garlic mayonnaise

In Tudor times, by law, fish had to be eaten instead of meat on certain days for religious reasons. Wild garlic is native to Europe and grows wild in English woodland, making it an excellent forage food. It is also...

Pigeon breasts with orange, watercress & walnut salad

Juliet Bidwell has created this dish inspired by olde English ingredients. Pigeon is making a come back and here takes centre stage in this healthy salad.

Lemon & lime posset with rhubarb & ginger

Serve these refreshing posset desserts in individual glasses or ramekins. They'll look impressive and taste even better.

Spring vegetable & goat’s cheese pie

An easy-to-make pie made with healthy spring vegetables and tasty goat's cheese.

Thai beef salad

This salad is perfect for using up leftover beef. The dressing is so versatile, make a batch as it will work with chicken, fish, duck or drizzled over any green veg.

Chicken & bacon pie

There’s nothing more comforting than a good pie, and this one is not only good but very easy.

Vegetarian frittata

Frittatas are great served warm or cold.

Lamb ragu

A perfect family meal, simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Mini margarita cheesecakes

Any excuse to serve up a cheesecake, especially when baked New York style. These are tiny, so are extra slimming. Ahem. I used a loose-bottomed mini-cheesecake pan, but they can also be made in a mini-muffin tin, or even in...

Pea dip

This is a great ‘emergency’ dip that’s easy to rustle up in a hurry using defrosted frozen peas – think green houmous. It can also be made with cream cheese or soured cream.

Prawn Shot-tails

Dainty prawn cocktails served in shot glasses. You can be polite and use a fork to eat them, or down in one.

Tiny tacos

You can make your own taco spice mix or take it easy and buy ready made. This recipe is great for a party or a family movie night.

Lancashire Hotpot

Tuck into this winter warmer, even the fussiest eaters in your family will love it.

Vegan Black Bean Chilli with Avocado, Lime and Tomato Salsa

Keep the home fires burning from the inside with this perfect one-pot supper.

Gooey Chocolate Cups with Salted Caramel Sauce and Cream

An irresistible dessert courtesy of Anna's Family Kitchen. Prepared individually in ramekins or oven-proof cups.

Slow Cooked Beef and Beetroot Curry

This deliciously sweet curry recipe comes from Anna's Family Kitchen where you can find recipes and food tips to help make planning and preparing your family meals all the more enjoyable.

Parma ham and Gruyère gougères

Your Christmas party guests will adore this perfect combination of choux pastry, cheese and parma ham. Thank you, Nicci Gurr for this classy canape recipe.

Baked Camembert with cobnuts and honey

This recipe is so easy and yet utterly delicious, perfect for a Christmas party

Salmon gravadlax with beetroot

Here, Nicci Gurr shares a sumptious salmon gravadlax canape recipe. Details included to make your own oatcakes though you can always buy a packet to save on time.

Easy pea hummus canapes

Nicci Gurr shares a tempting Christmas cracker canape recipe, easy to make and guaranteed to please peckish guests.

Smoked salmon and cucumber bites

This classic combo is one of Nicci Gurr's delicious canapes to make at home and pass round at your Christmas party.

Celeriac remoulade on a new potato base

A tasty alternative to the cracker, these tasty bites use sliced new potato as a base and will be appreciated by any guests hankering after a gluten free option.

Bone broth

Makes approximately 1 litre* Use bones left over from a Sunday roast, or ask the butcher for some. If using a chicken carcass, make up the weight with added chicken wings. If you are using raw bones, roast them first...

Vegetable stock

Makes approximately 1 litre   A flavoursome vegan broth can easily be made using a selection of seasonal vegetables. It is created in a similar way to a bone-based stock, but requires far less time to draw out the flavours. Place...

Butter Bean and Vegetable soup

If you are using dried beans, refer to the instructions on the packet – they may need to be soaked overnight prior to cooking in order to draw out any toxins and then cooked thoroughly. Tinned butter beans can be...

Lemon, Chicken and Kale soup

Unlock nutrients from hearty ingredients and boost your immune system with the goodness of this tasty soup. Use either leftover of chicken from a roast, or boned chicken thighs. Like a casserole, this soup has a mellower flavour if made...

Chickpea, sweet potato and paneer curry

This is one of Anna Stanford's fantastic one pot wonders. You can find more like this on her website Anna's Family Kitchen.

Orange, soy, honey & basil roast chicken

Who doesn’t love roast chicken? This one tray makes for a livelier Sunday roast. It takes 5 mins to prep and then the whole dish (minus the mange tout and basil) gets put in the oven for 90 minutes.

One pot Lamb tagine

Anna Stanford of Anna's Family Kitchen website shares one of her easy yet scrumptious recipes...

Granola plum crumble “Grumble”

Anna Stanford shares a favourite recipe... A quick family pudding, my Grumble uses seasonal plums but would work equally well with pears, blackberries or apples.

Cheat’s paella

This is a showstopper dish but is very easy. The trick is to use the best quality shellfish, preferably from your local fishmonger, and part-cook the rice with saffron and turmeric so the paella takes on the amazing colour. Both...

Chicken thigh, olives & green beans with a basil & lemon dressing

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to prepare at home, another tasty recipe from chef Toby Welfare of The Cloudberry in Cranbrook

Parma ham, goat curd, pea & broad bean salad

Slotting home cooking into a hectic schedule can be a challenge but Toby Welfare of The Cloudberry in Cranbrook shows how with some good stand by staples and a few chef's shortcuts delicious family meals can be rustled up in...

Peach Melba with crushed amaretti biscuits

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to prepare at home – chef Toby Welfare of The Cloudberry in Cranbrook shares a delicious recipe

Cod with summer vegetable risotto

Good enough to eat in the restaurant, but quick and easy to prepare at home - this is what chef Toby Welfare of The Cloudberry in Cranbrook cooks for his own family

Easy courgette, cauliflower and blue cheese crumble

Super-easy and super-tasty this is a great way to get your five-a-day, Nicci from Home Gurr'own has put together this yummy savoury crumble.

Rhubarb tart

Spring rhubarb is wonderfully pink and tender, so you can dispense with the poaching step and put it straight into a pastry case, with a little brown sugar before putting it in the oven. The sugar caramelizes to give an...

Beet top and feta tart

Beetroot tops are often ready in the spring before the spinach and chard, which is what gave me the inspiration for this tart. They have a nutty, earthy flavour and are also good eaten on their own as a steamed...

Nana’s fruit cake

This is my grandmother’s recipe, so very special to me. The cake is intensely fruity and moist. I sometimes make it in the evening, turning the oven off after two and a half hours and leaving it in the oven...

Beetroot chutney

Chutney is a great way of using up gluts of produce – we often have lots of beetroot in the garden at Great Dixter. This recipe is courtesy of Mary Coward, mother of Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye Manor.

Frozen pea and mint pesto

An excellent item for your storecupboard, pesto is great for using up gluts of produce. This recipe is perfect for using up any forgotten peas in the freezer, and it is a real taste of summer, which I hanker for in...

Toffee Apple Spritz Cocktail from Hush Heath

:: SPONSORED CONTENT :: Kick off the spring with a Toffee Apple Spritz cocktail created by Hush Heath Estate pubs. The Hush Heath Estate boasts an exquisite selection of wines and ciders all produced from fruit grown in their beautiful vineyards and apple orchards.

Caramel Griddled Apricots on Toasted Scioche

All Baker's Bicycle bread is made from scratch at their bakery, with doughs proving for 24 to 48 hours – so none of the quick-acting yeasts used in industrial bread production.