Popular with everyone, watercress is a bit like rocket, with its own distinctive, fresh, peppery flavour.
I think it's too strong to be used on its own, but it's wonderful combined with lettuce, used as a garnish and for giving its own unmatched flavour to soups and sauces.
This is a recipe for mashed potato that's great served with fish. I love it with some freshly grilled mackerel or herring, and it's also extremely good with smoked fish.
Black-eyed beans are the lovely nutty beans that are popular in recipes from the deep south of America and, with the addition of other vegetables, they make very good beancakes.
A lovely vegetarian recipe that would be ideal at Christmas. Cooking the mushrooms slowly in Madeira gives great depth and flavour, complemented beautifully by the cheese choux pastry.
Watercress is a star performer in so many ways. I love the fat green luxurious leaves in salads, sprinkled with rock salt in sandwiches, in sauce and perhaps most of all in soup.
Marinate rump steak for the most flavourful meal imaginable, served with mash, French style! It couldn't be easier...
This is one of my favourite starters: a terrine of tiny shreds of tender, succulent duck melded together like a pâté, then served with the dazzling depth of colour and sharpness of a confit of cranberries to counteract the richness.
This is it – the best method of roasting duck I've found to date, and of all the lovely sauces, this one – made with dried sour cherries – is the loveliest.
A spicy low-fat soup that has a lovely kick of Tabasco and balsamic to complement the tomatoes. You can even add a shot of vodka if you've a mind to!
With 30% of food being thrown away, this recipe is a good way of making sure you use up those odds and ends in the salad drawer, plus any bits of cured meat lying around! Use whatever you like - or try Delia's favourite combinations.
Prawns, lobster bisque, Gruyere cheese and sherry combine perfectly in this easy cheat's version of a risotto - baked in the oven, so no tedious stirring! Yet what could be more luxurious than this at a special meal for two?