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Figs, prosciutto, mozzarella and vino cotto.
Figs, prosciutto, mozzarella and vino cotto.

This week's plan is full of Asian-inspired dishes, think hoi sin slathered lamb chops, and Peking duck omelets (remember to strain the egg the night before).

Crumbed prawn cutlets add texture to a clean udon noodle broth - save some breadcrumbs for Friday's fuss-free fish fingers.

Indulge your inner-child and bake a batch of gingerbread people - they're sure to be a lunchbox treat for big and little kids alike.

Speaking of baking, have a go at making your own bubbly crumpets, or Brigitte Hafner's lovely and light country-style apple cake.

Sweet, seasonal figs freshen up roast chicken, and star alongside prosciutto and torn mozzarella for a leisurely Italian-style lunch platter.

On Sunday, make up some extra stewed rhubarb to dollop on your morning muesli throughout the week.

Recipes

Garam Masala sprinkled on red lentil dhal. MASALA recipes for Epicure and Good Living, by Jane and Jeremy Strode. Photographed by Marina Oliphant. Styling by Mags King. Merchandising by Berni Smithies. The Age Newspaper and The Sydney Morning Herald. Photographed February 20, 2012.

MONDAY: Garam masala and red lentil dhal

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Jane Strode

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Eggnet omelet.

TUESDAY: Pick up some Chinese duck for this delicate eggnet omelet

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Gingerbread people.

TUESDAY: Bake a batch of gingerbread people for a morning tea treat

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Hoi sin lamb chops

WEDNESDAY: Save some hoi sin sauce for this lamb chop marinade

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
Udon noodle soup with crumbed prawn cutlets.

THURSDAY: A healthy bowl of udon noodle soup with crumbed prawn cutlets

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
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FRIDAY: Crunchy herbed polenta-coated fish fingers with golden wedges

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
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SATURDAY: Make your own crumpets and serve with lashings of butter and jam

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Roast chicken with balsamic figs.

SATURDAY: Warm, roasted figs bring a rich, seedy fruitiness to roast chicken

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Brigitte Hafner's west counrty apple cake.

SATURDAY A beautifully light apple cake that is lovely with whipped cream

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (11)