Parmesan polenta

Don’t be put off if you haven’t used polenta before. It’s quicker and easier than mash and this bowl of comforting goodness topped with buttery British asparagus is on the table in 20 minutes.

Oriental BBQ ribs

Why not try something Oriental on the barbecue this summer? These fiery salt and pepper ribs are a delicious combination of Szechuan peppercorns, spring onion and red chilli, and marinated in five-spice powder for a flavoursome dish with a real kick.

Blueberry scones

Light and fruity and simply served split open, with the tastiest freshest tasting jam spooned generously on top, these scones are as close to heaven on a plate as you can get.

Rice stuffed avocado

Avocado and black rice might sound unusual bedfellows but Italian Embassy chef (and former MasterChef: The Professionals finalist) Danilo Cortellini has developed this recipe which is delicious.

Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb

Easter is fast approaching and what better meal to cook for your Easter Sunday family roast than slow cooked shoulder of lamb? This recipe includes the traditional accompaniment to lamb – rosemary – and also sweet cooked shallots.

Tatin of Shallots

This tatin of shallots and port with goat’s cheese is a delicious and easy savoury tart tatin, with crisp pastry topped with sweet shallots and finished with creamy goat’s cheese.