Inspired dishes that cater for every course and every cuisine...
Starters and Mains
Watermelon, feta and rocket salad with beetroot vinaigrette
First make the vinaigrette. Put the mustard, vinegar, beetroot powder and oil in a screw-top jar with a secure lid and shake vigorously to emulsify. Put the watermelon on a plate along with the shaved feta, coppa stagionata and rocket. Wildly splatter over the dressing and then serve.
Tomato and cucumber salsa jelly with borage flowers
For a vegetarian or vegan option, you could use agar flakes to set the jelly – just check the instructions on the packet. Chop the tomatoes roughly and purée them in a food processor with the salt. Put a nylon sieve over a bowl and line with some muslin. Pour in the tomato and leave for up to 4 hours to drain. Once drained, the liquid will be quite pale. You need 225ml. Soften the gelatine in a bowl of cold...
Desserts and Puddings
Liquorice and coconut panna cotta with lychees
The intense aniseed flavour of ground liquorice root is tempered with white chocolate and rich coconut cream. Scented lychees go so well with this exciting pudding as do blood oranges...
Raspberry and yoghurt iced sherbet
Blitz the raspberries with the lemon juice in a mini processor. Tip into a sieve set over a bowl and use a ladle in a circular motion to push all...
Wispy clouds in elderflower custard with syrup
Make the custard and syrup in advance and gently heat before serving. Before making the custard, put a few cm of cold water in a large bowl (you’ll need...
Cakes, Bread and Pastries
Rosewater and pistachio baklava ice cream parfait
This honey-infused baklava is given a new twist as it’s frozen in layers of vanilla ice cream. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4. Place the pistachio nuts, almonds and cinnamon in a food processor and blend until the...
Honey, fig and walnut tea bread
Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/ Gas 3, and grease and line the base and sides of a 1kg loaf tin. Place the butter, sugar and half the honey in an electric food mixer and beat briefly until pale and soft....
Herb-infused honey pots
These make perfect summer gifts. Flavour a mild honey such as acacia or sunflower honey with your favourite herbs and flavourings such as those below. Other flavours, including fennel flowers, chilli and even shaved truffle can be used. Sterilise your...
Put the cabbage in a big bowl and sprinkle the salt in-between the cabbage leaves. Cover and keep in the fridge overnight. The next day, remove the cabbage from the fridge and drain it well. Combine the rice flour and 33...