Home cooking: sweet and sticky balsamic chicken with saffron-spiced rice

Donal Skehan’s balsamic chicken with saffron rice, and Moroccan meatballs with harissa couscous

A delicious Donal Skehan recipe made with basic kitchen staples

Crispy fried beef salad

These cheap and cheerful street-food dishes provide instant satisfaction

Orange chicken with veg-packed fried rice

Donal Skehan: Three suppers to banish those back-to-school blues

To vary, try inspiration from South Korea with a spicy gochujang dressing by adding a dollop of the spice paste into the dressing

Donal Skehan: Versatile noodle bowl allows for variation

Szechuan pork & green bean stir fry

Donal Skehan: Szechuan pork & green bean stir fry and spicy steak noodle bowl with sesame soy dressing

Arrange the lentil salad on  platters with steak slices, htipiti sauce and sprinkle the remaining parsley over the top

When the steak is cooked allow to rest for five minutes before slicing into generous slices

Arrange the chicken pieces on a serving platter with the charred broccoli and cucumber slices

This marinade slathered on chicken pieces makes for a light summer dish

Cook the chicken skin side down for six-eight minutes and then turn for a further six-eight minutes.

Donal Skehan rustles up chicken with pickled cucumber, and griddled beef with lentil salad

Donal Skehan recipe: The topping here is basic but an ode to those wonderful mini focaccia pizza breads I had growing up

Tomato and mozzarella foccacia bread: feel free to add toppings of your choice beyond cheese and tomato sauce.

Donal Skehan: Most people hanker after a childhood treat; some are sweet, these are somewhat exotic

For the spiced herb dressing, whisk the oil, coriander, chilli and lime in a food processor or pestle and mortar.

A simple vegetarian meal which needs little preparation but delivers big on flavour

Roast squash platter with spiced herb dressing

Proof that a feast of vegetables can satisfy even the most voracious carnivore

Whisk the ingredients for the chilli mint salsa together in a bowl. Squeeze in any remaining juice from the lemons.

This light summer supper makes the most of seasonal ingredients

Summer eating: brick chicken with avocado, spring onions, coriander, corn salsa and lime halves

This unusual barbecue method makes the tenderest chicken for a summer feast

Summer eating: Italian fig, honey and almond cake

Gently spiced, with a slight crunch from flaked almonds, the cake comes together with a drizzle of honey

A Donal Skehan creation ideal for summer

Donal Skehan’s peach crumble

A Donal Skehan creation ideal for summer

Cherry and chocolate almond meringue stacks

Two desserts worth basing a summer feast around that require little effort and provide serious satisfaction

Donal Skehan’s brick chicken

And yes, you read that right – this recipe calls for house bricks to be wrapped in tin foil

Mango, chia seed and lime popsicles

There is great satisfaction in blitzing summer fruits and freezing in moulds

Niçoise tuna with tender boiled eggs

My kind of balanced eating: a flavour-filled feast with good-for-you ingredients

Niçoise tuna with tender boiled eggs

A niçoise salad might feel somewhat passé, but it’s time for a comeback

Serve the clams with the tomato toasts to mop up the sauce
’Nduja clams

Speciality food stores are likely the best places to track down ’nduja – and it’s worth the effort

Pan-fried fish with cauliflower, mash and garden peas

Any white fleshed fish works well here and even mackerel fillets would be a nice addition

 ‘Nduja clams and tomato toasts.

Two very different dishes that will inspire a visit to your local fishmonger

Summer Berry Pavlova

Simplicity and summer’s plentiful go hand in hand – savour it

One of Mexico’s best street food offerings, elote is grilled corn coated in mayonnaise, cheese and chilli

Three recipes that are infused with smoke and fire so you can enjoy outdoor eating

Maple apple pork with garden pea Caesar salad

Pork is often badly cooked, but prepared properly it’s delicious

Lemon curd pudding

Donal Skehan’s great excuse to use up a jar of lemon curd with an all-in-one batter

Roast aubergine, herb and nut salad

Flip the traditional salad on its head with these adaptable Turkish-inspired recipes

Try this wonderfully unique salad

Donal Skehan’s spiced roast aubergine salad

Garnish with prepared strawberries and serve in generous slices

This ideal ‘make-ahead’ dessert is at its most delicious with fresh, summer strawberries

Donal Skehan: Summer provides plenty of lighter inspiration for baking aficionados

To assemble the cake, spread some strawberry jam on one of the bases before topping with cream

Elderflower cordial is the essence of summer bottled

Once the cheesecake has cooled completely, decorate with strawberries

Go-to cheescake recipe that can be adapted to whatever is in season

Slice the lamb thinly and serve with charred vegetables and a generous drizzle of the orange harissa paste and the resting juices

Massage the lamb with the marinade and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes

This same method works wonderfully with any in-season fruit

Rhubarb, strawberry and vanilla ricotta tart

Recipes that rely on quick preparation yet deliver on bold flavours are crucial

Burrata, grilled asparagus and lemon and chilli pangratatto: perfectly simple and relies on the quality of the ingredients.

Grilled asparagus, spatchcock chicken and airy and moist cake will thrill your guests

Bang bang numbing chicken salad

The happy medium between waist-expanding dishes and food for lighter, brighter days

Vietnamese beef and mango salad

This salad is all about texture and bold flavor

Donal Skehan’s griddled skirt steak with griddled gem, spring onions and chimichurri sauce

A Donal Skehan recipe perfect for summer dining

Fennel Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake

They may not go down well with purists, but these dishes are quick, delicious and no-fuss

Vegetarian pad Thai. Photograph: Donal Skehan
Vegetarian pad Thai

Vegetarian pad Thai. Photograph: Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan on the suppers he cooks to keep eating light and nutritious

The best ever steak chilli

The American tradition of pot luck dinners - where guests each bring a dish - is a great way to break the ice and make friends. Th(...)

Nettle soup: as an optional garnish whizz up chives with oil and drizzle over the soup with some cream
Nettle soup

Mixed with leek and potatoes, these young nettle leaves bring spring greens with bite

The meat should be almost falling off the bone but still holding its shape.

Donal Skehan: A blend of tasty ingredients to keep all your guests happy

Garnish with a dusting of icing sugar, honey and thyme sprigs

An Italian-inspired dessert something close to a lighter take on a baked cheesecake. Garnish with a dusting of icing sugar, honey (...)

Get to grips with these alternative treats, from nettle soup to lamb with a twist

Spring minestrone drop soup: best served with a dollop of pesto, fresh basil leaves, shaved pecorino cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Adding tortelloni to this soup, just before it’s ready to serve, is key

Spring minestrone drop soup: ideal  for the season.

Home-made may be best but sometimes it makes sense to take a shortcut or two

Oven-baked chicken cacciatore

Make something special of this most versatile of ingredients with these simple one-pot recipes

Salsa is also wonderful with grilled meats if you end up with some leftover

Spicy harissa paste is used to coat a tray bake of fish and vegetables with wonderful results.

Cooking from scratch does not have to be complicated but it can be tasty

Spaghetti aglio e olio is made in the time it takes to cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water

The ideal supper using ingredients you are bound to have in the kitchen

Harissa-baked fish can be cooked with potatoes in the oven.

This North African-inspired fish dish is delicious with baby potatoes, tomatoes and mint salsa

Using dark soya sauce in this dish can add to the flavour.

Coat chicken thighs in a dark sauce and serve with noodles

Italian-American classics: meatballs guaranteed to make your guests squeal in delight.

From pizza to chicken Parmesan to meatballs: we’re going Italian-American

Donal Skehan’s  American Italian baked meatballs

These meatballs coated with tomato sauce and mozzarella are simply spectacular

A chicken dish everyone will want to eat

Using good quality tinned tomatoes is key to making a great marinara sauce

Traditional Dublin coddle. Photograph: Donal Skehan

The Skehan family’s recipe for Irish stew, Dublin coddle and an Irish coffee mousse

Angie’s Irish stew

 Cheat’s porchetta  with Parmesan crusted potatoes and watercress salad. Photograph: Donal Skehan

Give your leftovers some love and use them to create delicious meals and cut down waste

Porchetta is commonly sold wrapped in paper parcels from roadside vendors throughout northern Italy.

Slow roasting a joint for a weeknight dinner is not an option, so try this quick version

A jam-jar marinade, tender roast chicken with a sweet and savoury coating – what’s not to love?

Chicken and chorizo burgers: the extras often add to the experience.

Flash-in-the-pan feasts for when you want something tasty without the palaver

Flattened, spiced chicken thighs with creamed corn and rocket salad. Photographs: Donal Skehan

There is no harm in relying on shop-bought ingredients to pep up a midweek supper

Donal Skehan’s flattened and spiced chicken thighs with creamed corn and rocket salad

A delicious supper that only requires a few ingredients

Cauliflower whizzed to creamy mash, makes the ideal base for a crisp pan-fried pork chop glazed with honey and wholegrain mustard and served with sautéed greens

Our columnist devises the perfect dinner to woo your loved one this St Valentine’s Day

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