Stir things up

Full of goodness and generally fool-proof, you can't beat a stir-fry for a warming meal.

Christine Manfield's Tasting India cookbook showcases recipes by home cooks, such as this southern specialty (known as "black chicken fry") by Mrs Meena Meyappan, a...
Combined with Anhui’s famous bamboo shoots and a touch of wild garlic and chilli for colour, this kind of simple stir-fry is a staple dish around the region. ...
If you can get your hands on fresh shiitake mushrooms – plump, earthy and full of umami - cooking them up in a Japanese-style stir-fry is the perfect way to...
Fresh turmeric is not just for adding to smoothies. You can use it like you would ginger in stir-fries and curries. 
Fast, fresh, simple and delicious, kulwha is an Eritrean lamb stir-fry that uses the spiced ghee (clarified butter) called nit’r kibbeh. 

Oh, my sweet, sweet potato

Highly-nutritious, colourful on the plate and such a delight to eat; there's a reason why this tuber is regarded as sweet.

I started wearing close-toed shoes a couple weeks ago. If that’s not a sign that autumn has arrived, I don’t know what is. I’m also finding myself drawn to using my...
This not-so-naughty spiced loaf is given a nutrient and moisture boost with sweet potato, which also makes it slower in energy release.
Everything’s better wrapped in bacon, and these tasty wedges are no exception. The avocado wedges may sound strange but they are a surprising, smooth yet crunchy...
The shell is made of traditional Italian pasta frolla (sugar pastry). The filling, on the other hand, is devised by Mum and tweaked by me. Soft, creamy and...

Honey buzz

World Bee Day on 20 May reminds us to be very grateful for our buzzy buddies. Plant a buddleja in the garden, then celebrate with one of these dishes.

Our take on this Czech honey cake is layered with cream cheese and topped with sugared rosemary for a festive touch.
The Greek sweet kataifi is traditionally rolled into cylinders, but Maria uses a muffin pan to make pastry nests instead. You can use any other nuts you like and...
The secret to the perfect crepe is its thinness. While you can fill your crepes with almost anything, this caramelised banana and honey version absolutely pops...
A childhood classic given a modern twist, this fruity split is the perfect dessert to share with a crowd. Place all the separate elements in the centre of the...

Jamon goals

The Spanish are fanatical about their jamon, so it's high time we learned what all the emoción is about.

This lovely pork dish is meltingly wonderful, with molten cheese inside and a crisp breadcrumb coating. 
This dish makes for an excellent summery plate to serve as an afternoon snack or pre-dinner treat. The sweetness of the nectarines both freshens and cuts through...
I learnt this dish from my mother. She would make it with fresh artichokes when they were in season, otherwise she would use artichoke hearts already precooked....
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