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Alison has promised Dermot the most “delicious meal he’ll ever eat”. She’s taking over the kitchen today to make her mum’s classic dish. 60% of each page is blank white, with a few random stars and borders and swirly letters acting as padding. Most annoying are the ‘top tips’ boxes on each page, filled with useful things like ‘use the freshest ingredients you can get your hands on’.

A perfect cake to serve as a gluten-free treat, that’s so delicious everyone will want some. This recipe is inspired by the chocolate nemesis cake served in the River Café. To finish, add some olives, cherry tomatoes or tiny sprigs of rosemary. Whether you follow a vegetarian diet or are just trying not to eat meat every day, these tasty recipes are perfect weekday meals for the whole family.

‘Mulled’ means heated with spices, which is just the thing for the cold days of winter! The rich, robust flavours of venison pair wonderfully with the zesty orange. Add a twist to your casserole repertoire, with the unlikely but winning combination of beef and orange. This Spicy Szechuan Stir-Fry is quick to make and full of flavour. There are few things that conjure up childhood as effectively. The mash is the perfect foil to the richness of the sausage and gravy.

To make this recipe properly you will need a ‘Flanera.’ The lid of the ‘Flanera’ allows the custard to steam which gives a lovely, soft result. In this recipe Maria has added coconut which brings a nice twist to this classic dish. Roughly translated as potatoes with an asparagus and herb dressing, this makes a fantastic side dish to simply cooked white fish.

Clodagh’s street party finger food

It’s amazing how little food changes from one millennium to the next. When reading the Roman physician Galen’s description of making pancakes, it is hard to remember that he is writing 1,800 years ago! The early Greek poet Hipponax had written of pancakes ‘drugged with sesame seeds’. This was likely a breakfast meal and one that was possibly sold on the streets of ancient Athens from portable braziers. These pancakes are thicker than the crêpe-style pancakes familiar to us and they are served with honey and toasted sesame seeds. Slice the marrow or squash and boil until al dente (still firm).

  • Joseph’s here with his fish parcels cooked in a thyme, wine and lemon butter served up with chorizo butter beans.
  • Many thanks to AGA Specialist Dawn Roads for sharing this recipe.
  • Pair this with deliciously roasted figs and a rich port gravy to create an irresistible dish.
  • Miniature red-figured vase showing two boys around a table of food and drink.

Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year. These have become a firm favourite for Easter and are so easy to make with young children. Get them to decorate the chocolate nests with mini Easter eggs, fluffy chickens or edible sugar bunnies. Recipe courtesy of AGA Specialist Dawn Roads and adapted from a recipe by Jo Seagar of New Zealand.

Nisha’s One Tray Summer Roast

For best results, you’ll want to marinate the meat overnight. Combine the marinade ingredients and leave the meat overnight in the marinade, turning it occasionally to ensure full absorption. At the same time, soak the fresh or dried dates in a little red wine. The next day remove the meat from the marinade, pat it dry, and then roast it in an oven pre-heated to 200°C/gas mark 6, well-seasoned and with olive oil.


Many thanks to Rayburn specialist Dawn Roads for this delicious recipe. This freezer friendly sweet treat is perfect for your party preparation and making entertaining easy and delicious. Many thanks to AGA demonstrator Naomi Hansell for this fabulous recipe.

AGA Demonstrator Penny Zako shows us how to make the ultimate Christmas side with a Rayburn cooker. A gorgeous meat-free alterative for Christmas dinner courtesy of AGA Demonstrator Penny Zako. This gorgeous vegetarian lasagne is ideal for festive suppers.

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