This is a fabulous make-ahead dessert – the sauce can be made several days before required, while the pavlovas can be made the day before they are needed and stored in an airtight container.
Enjoy this as a fuss-free starter, served with toasted bread and bowls of horseradish cream and sour cream flavoured with the zest of a lemon.
It’s hard to beat home-made, real-fruit ice cream.
For extra festive cheer add a few nips of vodka, or top up with sparkling wine instead of the water.
Nutmeg and almonds turn plain chocolate into a moreish treat to serve with coffee. Be sure to use freshly grated nutmeg, which has a flavour far superior to the ready-ground spice.
Easier than custard, and wickedly rich and delicious.
Try buffalo mozzarella, if you can get it, in this simple, stunning salad – it has a gorgeous, tender texture that is best appreciated by pulling it apart rather than cutting it into pieces.
This delectable combination of flavours and textures makes a special breakfast that will brighten any day. Plus it’s a great way to enjoy leftover ham.
This dish is perfect for relaxed entertaining as the ham can be glazed and cooked several days beforehand. Slice it on the morning required, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until half an hour before serving. The pears, onions and cherries can be roasted the day before needed.
Call it a salsa if you prefer, but this fresh, colourful combination is wonderful with ham. It’s also excellent with smoked chicken. Fresh or tinned mango can be used.
This dressing is very versatile – it can also be used on grilled fish, steamed vegetables or cold poultry salads – and will keep in the fridge for up to a week.