Fromage frais is a fresh curd cheese introduced to this country from France and made from pasteurised cows’ milk.
Basically, it has very little fat, but cream is added to make 4 per cent (or 8 per cent) fromage frais. The 4 per cent is fine eaten on its own with honey or fruit purée, or used as a topping – especially for anyone on a low-fat diet. The 8 per cent is the best one for cooking. Either of these can be used in savoury sauces or as a topping for jacket potatoes with a few snipped chives.
Alternatively, there is a diet, virtually fat-free version (0.1 per cent), which is ideal in dips. For a cool, light, low-fat dessert, see the recipe for individual fromage frais puddings with red fruit compote.
This savoury cheesecake includes a clever blend of cheese flavours, as the smooth fromage frais and curd cheese gently complement the sharpness of the Roquefort.
This makes a filling and enjoyable meal for 4 from a few cheap ingredients - even more so if you grow your own courgettes and have a glut to use up. Add fresh herbs, eggs and parmesan-style cheese for a wonderful vegetarian recipe.
Usually, rich sauces such as mayonnaise are off the radar for dieters, but Delia has cleverly come up with a way round it and created a low-fat mayo that is based on a 19th-century original by one of her favourite cookery writers.
Elegant and autumnal, this dessert would go down well at the end of a special meal and is simplicity itself to make. Of course, you can use the mascarpone mousse in other recipes too - a great addition to your repertoire!
It's something of a myth that ice cream is difficult to make: this recipe couldn't be easier and the addition of nougat - or turron - adds crunch and other flavours to it. Serve it with fruity desserts in the summer, or on its own.