Mexican red rice
Mexican red rice

Serves 6

It makes one huge pot of rice and the leftovers are even better the next day

This is real fast food that’s as nourishing as it is delicious

Turnip hash with Parmesan and radish

This hash replaces the usual potato with fresh, delicious turnips

Banana bread with black pepper streusel

Makes 2 loaves

Banana bread with black pepper streusel

My favourite weekend treat is to make it into the most indulgent French toast

A nice piece of sourdough is perfect for an open sandwich of hot smoked salmon and gribiche

This French sauce works with chicken, steak, asparagus and anything else you can think of

Ideal for packed lunch or picnic: roast beetroot with lentils and feta

Hearty salad is a balanced, filling lunch – and delicious as a filling for wraps

Blackberry and sweet geranium ice cream with apple pies

This stunning seasonal dessert pairs blackberry ice cream and apple pies

Chicken with white wine and tarragon

Lilly Higgins recipe: This speedy chicken dish is a classic combination of flavours

Grilled mackerel with aubergine boats

Lilly Higgins: Try this delicious fish dish that tastes better than a takeaway and is much cheaper

Lilly Higgins recipe

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Lilly Higgins: Whipped Pea Dip with Quick Dukkah

Lilly Higgins’ whipped pea dip with quick dukkah

Give peas a chance with this summery dip

Lilly Higgins’ courgette frittata with harissa yogurt

A Lilly Higgins creation ideal for summer

Summer fruits salad with feta and mint:  ‘How could something that’s so delicious on its own be made nicer by adding feta cheese?’

Believe me, everything tastes better with feta cheese

Flapjack bars can also be crumbled up to make a decadent honey-kissed granola

Lilly Higgins: On rainy days these can be thrown together in no time

This dish is a real flavour-packed celebration of new season baby carrots

Roast Carrot salad with goats’ cheese and carrot top chimichurri

Be unapologetically inauthentic and serve these scallion pancakes in a Mexican dish

Lilly Higgins: The perfect food for outdoor get-togethers

Asparagus and pancetta cake with tarragon whipped butter

Asparagus and pancetta cake with tarragon whipped butter

Asparagus and pancetta cake with tarragon whipped butter

Lilly Higgins: Slices of savoury cake instead of picnic sandwiches

A quick short-cut to flavour: roast mussels with zhug

Roast mussels with zhug: a quick short-cut to flavour

Shoulder of lamb with olives and baked feta

Lilly Higgins: Domini Kemp suggested cooking shoulder this way; she was right

Halloumi sesame salad

Locally made halloumi paired with the humble beetroot and some sesame seeds make for salad with a twist

Halloumi and sesame salad with honey

Locally made halloumi paired with the humble beetroot and some sesame seeds makes for an exotic spring salad

Lilly Higgins’s sunflower seed spread

Spread a little nutritious umami-filled flavour with this delicious dip

Lilly Higgins’s sunflower seed spread

Lilly Higgins: Spread a little goodness with this tasty pizza-flavoured dip

Lilly Higgins’s vegetable mix for her piccalilli

Leave to mature for a few weeks before tasting

My mother would make a paste of spices and the whole house would smell of vinegar as the turmeric got to work colouring the vegetable mixture luminous yellow

Lilly Higgins: This fantastic childhood-inspired relish recipe is really worth the effort

This delicious lamb dish with fried herbs and rhubarb is one of the nicest you will ever taste

Halloumi and sesame salad with honey

Lilly Higgins: Spring salad with sesame crusted halloumi bites

Lilly Higgins: Persian Lamb And Rhubarb Khoresh

Serve while still piping hot with plenty of fresh black pepper, shavings of Parmesan and any remaining butter from the pan

These little seasonal pillows of flavour fried in butter are a great way to celebrate wild garlic

Gnocchi are really great fun to make at home

Lilly Higgins: These tasty gnocchi are a great way to celebrate wild garlic season

The perfect spring dessert – roast the rhubarb to preserve its gorgeous pink colour

Lilly Higgins: Custard and cream swirled over a bed of pink roast rhubarb is a perfect spring dessert

Filipino food is the original fusion cuisine and this Adobo is the perfect, delicious example

Filipino food is the original fusion food and this Adobo is the perfect, delicious example

Get patriotic in the kitchen with this vegetarian dish

Carrots and parsnips pair naturally with one another and are sweet and delicious when roasted

Bake in a hot oven for 12-15 minutes and serve with crusty bread

Removing the fish skin is easy when you know how. And here’s how

Lilly Higgins’s one-tray fish bake with chorizo and tomatoes

Tray bakes ensure all the flavours mingle in the oven before moving to dinner table

Lilly Higgins’s cauliflower and coconut soup

This velvety smooth vegan-friendly soup is irresistibly moreish and so easy to make

This versatile chickpea-based bread is perfect for loading with toppings

Lilly Higgins’s socca bread with gremolata and whipped feta

This bread is perfect with gremolata and whipped feta

Taste of Ethiopia: serve at room temperature or just warm, drizzled with the yogurt

Discover delicious Ethiopian food made with familiar ingredients

Ethiopian potato and beetroot with lime and harissa yogurt

Ethiopian potatoes and beetroot with harissa and lime yogurt

Cook some couscous or vegetables to go with this gorgeous slow-cooked supper

A simple dish that can be thrown into the slow cooker and left for the day until ready

Red lentil dhal with pomegranate arils. Photograph: Lilly Higgins
Red lentil dhal

Red lentil dhal: a delicious vegan dish

This warming Indian classic brings everyone together at the dinner table

Cutting down on meat? Try this healthy, colourful and delicious veggie dish

Use it to perk up a pizza, add to a sandwich, or pair with anything involving goat’s cheese

Beetroot relish with ginger

Makes 4 large jam jars

Eggs royale: Any dish featuring poached eggs with hollandaise sauce is divine

All day breakfasts such as eggs royale are gaining popularity as comfort food

Place a tea towel over the loaf as it cools if you prefer a softer crust

A typical crusty white but packed full of seasonal herbs and buttery onion

The loaf is delicious spread  with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard, thin slices of spiced beef and some sauerkraut

Instead of having stuffing and bread, combine the two in this crusty white loaf

Roast vegetable pithivier. Photograph: Lilly Higgins

Nobody could feel neglected when this beauty is served

Sweet potato pie

Delicious pastry-based treat with a meringue topping

Sweet potato pie

Serve this with a dollop of cream and watch everyone sink into their seats and smile

Black bean breakfast burritos

The versatile Mexican hand-held roll is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Black bean breakfast burritos

These healthy, protein-rich wraps can be made in advance and frozen

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A warming and nutritious dish that is a great way to use up leftover bread

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Butternut, Apple & Thyme Gratin

Olives – a good martini would be nothing without them

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Duck breast with turnip and golden beetroot ketchup

Ginger and Five Spice-flavoured beetroot ketchup adds zing to the roast bird

Serves 4

Whipping up a mushroom stroganoff

For these meatballs I’ve added a little harissa, add as much as you like. Usually one or two teaspoons is ideal but for children I only use half that amount.

Meatballs are always a popular choice and perfect for portion control

Lovely bone broth

Makes about two litres

Old-fashioned stock has become trendy again

There’s a chill in air so a bubbling cauldron of bones has never been more apt

Cauliflower bhaji with monkfish

Cauliflower bhaji is perfect recipe for this time of year and goes great with monkfish

Chicken with mushrooms and marjoram

Lilly Higgins: A no-fuss, quick and easy midweek dinner for all the family

Rye, cheese and chive muffins

Savoury muffins make for a lovely alternative to sandwiches

Rye, cheese and chive muffins

These muffins freeze well and will defrost on the way to school or work

Baked Camembert with maple-roasted pecans

Lilly Higgins: All the men in my life love cheese

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