Chicken soup with herb dumplings 

Make stock and have the best of broth worlds

Cannellini bean salad.
Cannellini bean salad

Goan Fish Curry takes  15 minutes to make

This quick and easy dinner is light and summery

Goan fish curry

’Nduja eggs with curly kale

Add heat to seafood, burgers or eggs, as here, with Italian pork salumi ’nduja

Pear, apple and blackberry pop tarts: delicious for breakfast. 

Children will love this healthy spin on the sugar-laden breakfast pop tart, created with the help of my six-year-old son


Let the sunshine in with this Tuscan treat of ripe plump tomatoes and bread


Irish seafood paella

Prawns and mussels are the stars of this easy one-pot camping supper

Mushrooms and marjoram with spaghetti and garlic crumbs.

Buttery garlic breadcrumbs turn this humble dish into something memorable

The zing of summer: kale, grapefruit and  mint salad

Grapefruit, kale and mint salad makes the most of the season’s abundant greens

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi: fragrant, filling dish bursting with vegetables and warming spices.

Fresh herbs and spices transforms the humble potato and cauliflower

Pork larb.

Larb salad.

Larb: is a traditional Lao and Thai dish – perfect light, bright summer fare 

This hummus works so well on warm flat breads with minced lamb

Butternut hummus

Chicken, tarragon and butter bean stew

The holy trinity of chicken, tarragon and garlic is ideal for sadly chilly weather

Sliced chicken or pork with half a boiled egg is my favourite variation

Pineapple salsa: perfect for barbecues

This zesty salsa is sure to be the star of the buffet table at any summer barbecue

Pineapple salsa

Mix slightly underripe apricots with ripe nectarines for this delicious dessert

Stone fruit tart

Kate and Denis Dempsey of Kinsale Mead. Kate says that if you ask seven mead makers a question you are guaranteed to get 10 different answers as everyone draws from their own  experience

Game of Thrones and Vikings has been a boon for meaderies, including Kinsale Mead in Cork

Crispy Parmesan cauliflower

In summer, a blanket of cheese sauce can become too heavy. Here’s a workaround

Serve it on a bowl of rice topped with a fried egg and toasted sesame seeds

Nettles taste quite like spinach and can be used in a similar way

Weed it and reap with this fresh green risotto full of goodness

Weed it and reap with this fresh green risotto

Halloumi has a high melting point, making it perfect for frying or grilling, Try it with honey and za'atar salad

Only four ingredients – cowboy beans with roast chicken

Lilly Higgins: When her son discovered cowboy films, this tray bake proved a winner

Lilly Higgins: Roast aubergines can be used as a base for plenty of delicious toppings

Wild garlic is in season – and in abundance – and adds flavour to so many things

Lamb keema

Spring to it: this simple delight makes great use of the classic combo of lamb and mint

Lamb keema

A quick and easy lamb curry for when you’re really in a hurry

Passion fruit and orange curd cake

Lilly Higgins: This passion fruit bake is easy to do and a great way to use up egg yolks

Sausage and kale pasta makes for the perfect tasty meal.

This really is the perfect pasta dish, and it’ll be ready in less than 15 minutes.

Cabbage rolls with dillisk dipping sauce

This is Irish-Polish-Chinese fusion food – a reflection of Ireland today

Here’s a twist on the traditional cinnamon roll, drizzled with a custard glaze

With all the possible pancake permutations, why leave it to just one Tuesday in March?

Pho is a real comfort food that has to be slurped from a big bowl

Chicken pho (pho ga)
Chicken pho (pho ga)

Serves 4

Chocolate red wine cake with strawberries

Lilly Higgins: Strawberries macerated in Pinot noir complement this no-stress dessert

Beef stroganoff  has plenty of butter and cream but it’s a once-off celebratory dish that everyone loves

Lilly Higgins: A good quality home-cooked meal is the only to celebrate Valentine’s day

This is a great cake for kids to help bake; there is plenty of peeling and grating involved as well as mixing.

Lilly Higgins: There’s so much to like about this cake that’s packed full of goodness

Pink peppercorn baked feta

This classic baked cheese, nuts and beetroot combination will ease you into spring

Crying Tiger Salad

Lilly Higgins: Be brave and generous with herbs in this fresh Thai salad

Dak Dak salad

Kick off a healthy new year with this tasty Middle Eastern chopped veg salad

Carrot and star anise soup is very economical to make

Lilly Higgins: I’ve vowed to make loads of soups this year – it’s the perfect way to get nutrients into kids

The absolutely delightful thing about natural wines is that they are great with food. Photograph: iStock

Delicious, brimming with life and perfect with food, once you taste a really good natural wine, there is no going back

Homemade labneh with smoked trout and pickled shallots

Smoked trout tastes great with this labneh, a Middle Eastern yogurt

Lilly Higgins’s recipe for labneh – a Middle Eastern strained yogurt

Greens for the festive season.
Festive greens

Having good vegetable-based side dishes can offer respite from all the butteriness

Dundee cake
Dundee cake

Makes one large 10-inch cake

Dundee cake

This Scottish favourite Dundee Cake brings a warm glow of nostalgia to Christmas baking

Easy baked salmon with tapenade

Approaching Christmas, here’s a quick, easy, healthy dish the whole family will eat

French onion soup
French onion soup

Serves 4

Nothing warms you up like a bowl of French onion soup topped with bread and cheese

Sausage and bean casserole

A tasty, filling and cost-effective meal to help you save for the Christmas splurge

Turnip gratin: Serves 6

Anything that can be made into a gratin is welcome at this time of year

Dirty rice, with pork mince and chicken livers
Dirty rice

Cajun or creole inspired dirty rice. Photograph: Lilly Higgins

A quick and easy rice meal with cajun and creole inspiration

Coffee date cake – perfect with a cup of tea

Eaten at breakfast, or after dinner, this is a cake for any time of day

Squash pasta
Squash pasta

Squash pasta

While trawling through vegan recipes, I came across this gem of a squash recipe

‘Pork burgers can be very versatiles.’

This recipe allows you to take advantage of the delicious combination of pork and apples

Rhubarb bread and butter pudding

Let’s combine two favourites: rhubarb and custard, and bread and butter pudding

These crushed sweet potato rounds got the garlic butter treatment, complete with salty parmesan crust.

Lilly Higgins: I've been making vegetables more of a main dish – and the kids love it

Hamine eggs with hummus
Hamine eggs with hummus

Serves 4

Hamine eggs with hummus

Lilly Higgins: This traditional breakfast makes a great meal at any time of the day

Hake goujons with avocado dip

Lilly Higgins: Hake is fantastic and a sustainable meaty white fish that’s easy to cook

Roasted mushroom and fennel soup

Serves 6-8

Roasted mushroom and fennel soup

Roasting the mushrooms and fennel helps to make the soup smooth, velvety and delicious

Lily Higgins: “This time of year I always resort to warmer salads for dinner as the weather begins to change.”

‘Cherry tomatoes and bulbs of garlic can all be roasted, then drizzled with olive oil’

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