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Quick and easy

 

However much you love to cook, the idea of a quick and easy menu is very appealing! This one, for 4, starts with Mexican Guacamole, then features wonderful cheat fish cakes as a main course: serve them with a crisp green salad. Finish with Grilled Autumn Fruits for a seasonal finale.

Starter

 Mexican Guacamole

The first time I ever used Tabasco (hot chilli sauce) was when I made my first guacamole. This spicy Mexican purée, made with fresh avocados, chillies and ripe tomatoes, is still a great favourite. Serve it as a first course with good crusty bread or as a dip with raw vegetable strips. Don't make guacamole more than three hours ahead, though, or it will discolour.

Main course

 

Wild Salmon and Caper Fish Cakes with Watercress Hollandaise 

Although dedicated cooks have long recognised that tinned salmon makes better fish cakes than fresh, the packaging of tinned salmon has not hitherto been very inspirational. Not so now. Marks & Spencer have been very clever here and given us a classy product.

Dessert

 

Grilled Autumn Fruits with Sabayon Cider Sauce 

This is a very pretty and colourful dessert for the autumn or winter. It can be made well in advance as the fruits are served at room temperature, with a sauce to go with them that can either be warm or cooled.

Wine ideas with this menu 
Successful autumn entertaining

 

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