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Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Although a one-pot dish on its own, this tagine is superb with the quick and easy couscous recipe given below. If you can’t find dried cherries, use dried or frozen cranberries instead.
Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

Kangaroo Bolognese with Wholemeal Tagliatelle

In Italy, slow-cooked bolognese is traditionally made with pork and veal, but here kangaroo is used as it is extremely lean. Substitute any lean meat if kangaroo is not available.
Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Roasted Capsicum

Angel Hair Pasta with Clams and Roasted Capsicum

The tomatoes, capsicum and white wine in this recipe are classic foils for many types of seafood. You can substitute any firm-fleshed white fish for the scallops or use crab instead of the clams.
Pasta Presto

Pasta Presto

Pasta is easy to prepare and you can make it special with toppings of fresh herbs and a drizzle of good olive oil or a sprinkle of shaved hard cheese. Here are more quick ideas.
Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pappardelle

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Pappardelle

Chicken, cherry tomatoes and rocket complement each other beautifully in this quick pasta dish that is perfect for both a midweek meal or a celebration.
Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Pumpkin and Lentil Salad

Like most salads, this recipe is high in fibre, but the protein from the lentils, pistachios and cheese means that it is hearty and satisfying enough to be served on its own, or with bread, as a light main meal.
Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian Gado Gado

Indonesian for comfort food, gado gado is a staple throughout the country, with each region offering their own twist to the recipe. Add some chillies to the peanut sauce if you like things spicy.
Catalan Escalivada

Catalan Escalivada

‘Escalivada’ comes from a Catalan word meaning ‘to roast over embers’. It is traditionally served as a first course or a side dish with barbecued or roasted meats. This oven-roasted version is a quick, easy alternative if you don’t have a charcoal grill.
Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Here is a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.
Bean, Pea and Mixed Leaf Salad

Bean, Pea and Mixed Leaf Salad

With fresh peas, this beautiful salad is the essence of spring, but is also wonderful in summer or autumn when beans and snow peas are at their best. Serve it with chicken or fish, with some boiled new potatoes tossed in butter.
Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

So quick and easy to make, these favourite tea-time biscuits are great for the cookie jar or the freezer. Make sure they are completely cool before you store them, or they will lose their delightful crunch.
Korean Kimchi

Korean Kimchi

This traditional Korean side dish of pickled vegetables can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Beef Stock

Beef Stock

When you buy the beef for this rich-tasting stock, ask the butcher to break up the bones into pieces small enough to fit into your stockpot or largest saucepan.
Vegetable Stock

Vegetable Stock

Homemade vegetable stock is very economical and a creative way to use up vegetable peelings, leftover vegetables or the parts that are full of nutrition yet not generally served, such as mushroom stems, celery tops, and broccoli and cauliflower stalks.
Fish Stock

Fish Stock

An elegant base for seafood soups and stews, this delicately flavoured stock can also be used as a poaching liquid for whole fish. Be careful not to overcook fish stock; too much cooking destroys the complex flavour and can give it a bitter edge. After making the stock, use the cooked fish in salads or a fish pie.

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