Neil Perry

Neil Perry

Chef and Good Weekend columnist

Fish kofta with salad and tarator sauce

Fish kofta with tarator sauce and salad.

Amp up the spice – and the sense of satisfaction – with this Turkish take on the traditional meatball. Serve with a simply delicious salad.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon May 11 06:42:58 EST 2015

Polenta chips

There is something divine about the texture of polenta and a full-flavoured sauce on a cold autumn or winter's night. These versatile chips can also be grilled or roasted in the oven.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon May 04 16:36:33 EST 2015

Chicken braised with mushroom and thyme

A winter warmer delicious with chips, pasta or on its own.

This Italian-style braise is great with polenta chips (recipe below), and is also delicious with a short pasta such as penne or macaroni.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon May 04 16:36:36 EST 2015

Chilli chicken with chestnuts, black funghi and celery

Supercharge the flavours at your next mealtime: all you need is a few interesting ingredients from the local Asian supermarket.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon May 04 11:32:16 EST 2015

Claypot rice with Chinese sausage, peanuts and shiitake

Claypot rice with Chinese sausage, peanuts and shiitake.

Supercharge the flavours at your next mealtime: all you need is a few interesting ingredients from the local Asian supermarket.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon May 04 07:35:24 EST 2015

Chestnut, pancetta and cabbage soup

I love this soup - it's the essence of autumn. And although it might not be the most beautiful-looking dish in the world, it is about the tastiest.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 27 14:50:45 EST 2015

Pan-fried John Dory with parsley, garlic and pine nuts

Pan-fried John Dory fillets with pine nuts.

Autumn is the best time to use nuts in cooking. John Dory is a fabulous, flavoursome fish suited to pan-frying - but feel free to replace the John Dory with any white-fleshed fish you like and be...

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 27 07:35:19 EST 2015

Roast brussels sprouts with hazelnuts

Roast brussels sprouts with hazelnuts.

Go a little nuts with a vegie side for your next big family roast dinner. I love this sprout dish, but it also works really well with zucchinis or green beans.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 20 14:25:30 EST 2015

Roast lamb with olive, anchovy and caper sauce

Roast lamb with olive, anchovy and caper sauce.

A marinade and a full-flavoured serving sauce give these lamb cutlets extra oomph. Go a little nuts with a vegie side and who could resist? It's best to start this recipe the day before.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 20 10:13:46 EST 2015

Cucumber salad with Chinese black vinegar

This delicious, cooling salad with a sweet edge helps to counter the chili in very spicy dishes (if you find them a little too hot to handle).

Cook | Neil Perry | Wed Apr 15 13:32:58 EST 2015

Cinnamon and chilli braised beef

Cinnamon and chilli braised beef.

A simple braise is really all about cooking the beef gently to make sure it is not only tender, but juicy – so fast boiling is out, guys.

Cook | Neil Perry | Wed Apr 15 10:20:15 EST 2015

Almond and quince tart with Spanish sherry

This tart has a sweet, dark, Spanish-flavoured heart. Opt for Pedro Ximenez sherry if you can; it's a sweet, dark, dessert-style sherry with a strong taste of raisins but another sherry, or port wine...

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 13 10:28:28 EST 2015

Spanish chicken with garlic and fresh bay leaves

Spanish chicken garlic and bay leaves.

Ward off 'hangry' outbursts with this speedy, sumptous Spanish chicken dish. Alternatively, this simple braise works well with duck or diced lamb - just add olives at the end and serve with good...

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Apr 13 08:10:00 EST 2015

Baked eggs with spicy sausage and labna

Baked Eggs with spicy Sausage and Labneh.

The baked eggs "shakshuka" can be a one-pan dish if you have a large, ovenproof, cast-iron pan. Alternatively, make the sauce, put it in an ovenproof dish and bake the eggs in that.

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Apr 07 13:51:24 EST 2015

Egg, ham and gruyere buckwheat crepes

Egg Ham and Gruyere Crepes.

Bored with bacon and eggs? Probably not, but here's a new twist on an old favourite.

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Apr 07 13:34:57 EST 2015

Fig and lemon yoghurt cake

Fig and lemon yoghurt cake.

This yoghurt cake hides a layer of figs. As a bonus, it keeps very well; try it toasted as a delicious mid-morning snack.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Mar 30 17:21:32 EST 2015

Turkish bread pockets

Turkish bread pocket.

These small pastries are filled with lamb or feta and served warm.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Mar 30 10:17:21 EST 2015

Braised witlof and leek gratin with gruyere

Braised witlof and leek gratin with gruyere.

This salad is fabulous served with roast chicken. You can use it to create a really easy meal by buying a roast chicken, and then just adding fresh lemon to the salad: it makes a great starter or...

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Mar 23 10:52:50 EST 2015

Roast tarragon chicken with lemon, caper and olive salad

Roast tarragon chicken with lemon, caper and oliver salad.

With the gong for best-smelling kitchen nailed before this meal's even served, set the stopwatch for the fastest-eaten-lunch fixture ...

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Mar 23 08:00:42 EST 2015

Coconut sago pudding with passionfruit mousse

This is a pretty sensational pudding that would make a great finish to a banquet-style meal. The pudding holds up well in the fridge if made the night before; just leave off the passionfruit garnish...

Cook | Neil Perry | Wed Mar 18 08:26:09 EST 2015