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

Lily 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

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

Homemade labneh with smoked trout and pickled shallots

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

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

Greens for the festive season.
Festive greens

Dundee cake

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

Dundee cake
Dundee cake

Makes one large 10-inch cake

Easy baked salmon with tapenade

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

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

French onion soup
French onion soup

Serves 4

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

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

Roasted mushroom and fennel soup

Serves 6-8

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’

Rosie’s Granola

A light yet satisfying granola – serve with creamy Irish yogurt for a really gorgeous breakfast, in seconds

Lily Higgins: Serve with creamy Irish yogurt for a really gorgeous breakfast, in seconds

Paella is cheap, nutritious and versatile

The perfect paella is a budget-friendly supper for a crowd of hungry students

The perfect paella is a budget-friendly supper for a crowd of hungry students

Pico de gallo chicken

Salsa fresca is perfect with tacos, Tex-Mex and barbecued chicken or steak

It’s worth shelling out on the finest flatbreads and the best cheese for this dish

This salsa is perfect to serve with a big bowl of tortilla chips and will keep for up to three days in the fridge.

This dish is bursting with flavour and is a delicious starter or snack with tortilla chips

Lilly Higgins’s strawberry shortcakes: like scones, they’re perfect with jam and cream

Lilly Higgins: These strawberry shortcakes – half cake, half scone – are filled with jam and whipped cream

Tequila and lime chicken with jalapeño yogurt

Recipe: Tequila and lime chicken with jalapeno yogurt is a winner with all the family

Lilly Higgins' cucumber sorbet

Lilly Higgins: A light ice-cream alternative to savour this summer

“Soon, I believe we will try to source natural wines the same way we value free-range organic chicken.” Photograph: iStock

We’re concerned about how food is produced so why not try wine made the way it was 8,000 years ago?

Gazpacho shots: pure summer

Lilly Higgins: Serve these chilled at a barbecue – or add vodka for Bloody Mary shots

Summer noodle salad.

This is the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue or get-together over the summer

Lilly Higgins: Lamb Skewers with Tzatziki Salad

Herby new-potato salad: I’ve added pink pickled onions to finish this dish. Once you’ve made a big jar of these addictive slices you’ll realise they taste amazing with everything

Lilly Higgins: The new crop are here, and they’re delicious. So seize the moment

Chickpea and chorizo bowls

These bowls are perfect for sunny days when you don’t want to be stuck indoors

Smörgåstårta: the topping used to decorate the cake indicates the filling

Lilly Higgins: This savoury cake layers bread with meat or seafood

Lilly Higgins’s yasai katsu curry

Yasai katsu curry: a flavourful, nutrient-rich vegetarian dish

Lilly Higgins’s chai rice pudding with orange-blossom roast rhubarb: as reassuringly familiar as it is exotic

This is a beautiful dessert that is as reassuring familiar as it is exotic

Divine: Lilly Higgins’s roast radish, feta and herb salad

Lilly Higgins: I’ve finally come around to roasting radishes. They are divine

Wild garlic and mushroom steak sandwiches

This is a sandwich worth foraging for

Lilly Higgins: ‘It’s great fun and educational too, making dinner time more exciting’

Hoisin chicken

Hot dogs with homemade mustard and squash fries make for a lip-smacking supper

Chicken and mushroom casserole with celeriac mash

Lilly Higgins: I love texture in a dish so mashes play a perfect role

This sauce is gorgeous on pizza instead of the regular tomato sauce and ideal to have on the table at a barbecue

Romesco is particularly good drizzled over barbecued spring onions or young leeks

Rosemary and balsamic lamb chops with butterbeans. 

Try these delicious rosemary and balsamic lamb chops for a welcome change on Easter Sunday

Makes 1 loaf

Italian Easter bread

Lilly Higgins: Coloured eggs shine out from this sweet, festive plaited bread

Potato and blue cheese focaccia

Lilly Higgins: This is like a pizza bianca, with its white topping and lack of tomato

Jamaican-style curry lamb

Make this Jamaican-inspired recipe extra authentic by using goat instead

Jamaican-style curry lamb
Curry lamb

Serves 6

Balela salad

Serves 4-6

Balela Salad – It’s a fantastic mix of flavours with the garlic, lemon and mint.

I like to eat this salad with hummus and warm flat breads

Help get your five a day with this broccoli- and spinach-based meal

Green soup with harissa cream and hazelnuts

Frozen avocados? Why anxiously watch an under-ripe fruit as dinner time approaches?

Sweet potato chips with harissa yogurt

When it comes to sweet potatoes, purple reigns

Served with a side of salad or green vegetables, this is one dish everyone is sure to love

Fried buttery chicken with a fresh lemon sauce – a dish that everyone will love

Pizza means relaxing, no need for cutlery and no school tomorrow

Lilly Higgins: It’s a winning combination having a base, protein and pop of colour and flavour from herbs or a star ingredient lik(...)

Scatter with some raw matchsticks of beetroot if you like

These samosas are perfect for packed lunches or picnics

Hasselback potatoes are an easy, fun way of having your spuds and eating them too

Lilly Higgins’s home-made egg-fried rice

With its take-away feel, this vegetable-packed dish will appeal to kids of all ages

Egg fried rice with Savoy cabbage

Serves 4

Forbidden rice and squash salad

Serves 4-6

Lilly Higgins recipe – Black rice is a valuable source of fibre, iron and plant-based protein

Enjoy festive entertaining the easy and delicious way with these gorgeous canapés

Christmas canapes

Lilly Higgins recipe: Enjoy festive entertaining the easy and delicious way with these gorgeous canapés

This is the perfect way to use up leftover mincemeat, wether you make your own or use a jar of quality shop bought

Lilly Higgins recipe: A festive pudding with an exotic twist

Roast sprouts with homemade tahini sauce

Sprouts should feature regularly on our plates, shredded and mixed like a coleslaw or cooked in ham water for a delicious, salty c(...)

Petra, which is hidden in the mountains, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a Unesco World Heritage Site

A trip to Jordan to experience its many historic and culinary delights inspires Lilly Higgins

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