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Recipes for the lazy baker

Fast and easy chocolate cake.

There are plenty of short cuts and tips to achieving impressive end results for even the most time poor or inexperienced of bakers. Lyndey Milan chooses a selection here.

Cook | | Thu Dec 18 10:09:18 EST 2014

Pea, soybean and mint soup

Pea, soybean and mint soup

Light, refreshing summer soups are a favourite in my house; vibrant seasonal vegetables need little cooking to bring out their flavours.

Cook | Frank Camorra | Tue Dec 16 12:38:00 EST 2014

Prawn and tofu noodle soup

Prawn and tofu noodle soup

Fresh prawns enhance this Thai-style soup, traditionally eaten in hot climates. You can substitute crab for the prawns, and scale down the chilli punch by halving the amount of green curry paste.

Cook | Frank Camorra | Tue Dec 16 12:13:52 EST 2014

Whole baked salmon stuffed with lemon and herb rice

Whole baked salmon

This simple whole fish recipe is a show-stopper. Just match the fragrant salmon and rice with a simple salad to feed a crowd easily and healthily.

Celebration,Cook | Adam Liaw | Tue Dec 16 11:22:29 EST 2014

Barbecued king prawns with Korean-style chilli sauce

Korean barbecue king prawns

Nothing says summer to me like prawns being grilled on the barbecue. Often that will mean garlic, olive oil and plenty of lemon juice and pepper, but I also love chargrilled prawns with the darkly...

Celebration,Cook | Karen Martini | Tue Dec 16 11:00:19 EST 2014

Spice-roasted chicken

This is a lovely, simple Middle Eastern-inspired dish that, with the addition of a few spices, becomes really tasty. It's also great with a teaspoon of mild chilli flakes added to the mix.

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 16 10:41:24 EST 2014

Roast eggplant with pine nuts, basil and saffron garlic yoghurt

This vegetarian dish is inspired by the simple flavours of the Middle East. I also like to add tea-plumped raisins to the eggplant; this gives it a wonderful sweetness and works well with the pine...

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 16 10:13:07 EST 2014

Eton mess

Eton mess

This deliciously summery dish apparently began life as a mash of strawberries and thick cream, then somebody added crisp meringues, making it a three-ingredient hit that still resonates today.

Celebration,Cook | Jill Dupleix | Tue Dec 16 09:47:27 EST 2014

How to make a Downton Abbey Christmas

I want to make an Edwardian Christmas dinner. What should I serve and where should I get recipes?

Cook | Brain food | Tue Dec 16 00:00:00 EST 2014

How to cheat for Christmas treats 2014

Box of mangoes

Don’t stress over your festive fare – help is sometimes just a phone call and delivery van away.

Cook | Carli Ratcliff | Tue Dec 16 00:00:00 EST 2014

Secrets of a lazy baker

Hazelnut biscuits.

Lyndey Milan shares 10 great baking tips. Whipping up a cake or biscuits need never instil fear again.

Cook | Lyndey Milan | Tue Dec 16 00:00:00 EST 2014

Kitchen Spy: Silvia Colloca

In her element: Silvia Colloca enjoys her expansive workbench with a view.

Actress, opera singer, author and cook Silvia Colloca grew up with great food. She shares some of her kitchen secrets.

Cook | Stephanie Clifford-Smith | Tue Dec 16 00:00:00 EST 2014

Kitchen Spy: Silvia Colloca

Take a look inside the kitchen of actress, opera singer, author and cook Silvia Colloca.

Cook | | Mon Dec 15 16:17:40 EST 2014

Duck sang choi bao

Duck sang choi bao.

These sang choi bao are a great way to get a party started. If duck is not to your taste, you can make it with chicken or quail, or even minced lamb or beef.

Celebration,Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 15 14:28:55 EST 2014

Double chocolate hazelnut biscuits

These are really a chocolate shortbread, perfect for dunking on their own. There will be some chocolate and hazelnuts left over but you need a generous amount for easy dipping.

Cook | Lyndey Milan | Mon Dec 15 12:40:40 EST 2014

Caramelised nectarine scones

These scones can have any kind of fruit on top to caramelise. I made them first with pears for my TV series Baking Secrets, but summer fruits make a delightful alternative.

Cook | Lyndey Milan | Mon Dec 15 12:24:05 EST 2014

My Mum's easy Christmas cake

This version of the festive favourite is made easier by a melt-and-mix technique and decorating the top with nuts rather than icing.

Cook | Lyndey Milan | Mon Dec 15 12:11:31 EST 2014

Guillaume Brahimi's Christmas tree Mars Bar ice-cream

The Brahimi amily favourite: Christmas tree ice-cream.

What does a chef serve his family each Christmas? A delicious hot-weather dessert featuring Mars Bar.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Guillaume Brahimi | Mon Dec 15 09:34:23 EST 2014

Black pepper tofu with eggplant


We whip out the wok and visit China for delicious inspiration for this spicy dish, ideal for serving as part of a banquet. The eggplant is great with asparagus added.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 15 08:00:23 EST 2014

How to choose the best Christmas ham

Christmas ham.

Natasha Rudra asks butcher Marco Balzanelli for his tips on selecting the best ham for the festive holidays.

Cook | Natasha Rudra | Sun Dec 14 16:09:20 EST 2014