Although it's lovely to have friends round for dinner, the last thing you want is to be chained to the kitchen. Delia's recipes for entertaining allow you to prepare ahead, or involve minimal work before serving, so you can have a stress-free, relaxed evening as well!
So easy to make and with almost no fat at all these jellies are a real winner, especially after Christmas when you need a respite from rich food!
For a change to the usual boiled or steamed cauliflower, try Delia's oven-roasted recipe
Use any firm white-fleshed fish such as cod, haddock or pollack for this recipe. Dusting the fish with flour and Parmesan adds a lovely golden crust. The Romesco sauce - made from walnuts - is the finishing touch.
Roasted pumpkin takes on plenty of toasty flavours - add melting cheese and this soup is truly sensational!
Creamy mascarpone, luscious caramel, crunchy hazelnuts: this is a truly memorable dessert combining very special flavours and textures.
Traditionally we use butter to enrich mashed potatoes, but try this Italian-inspired version using garlicky olive oil. It's brilliant with roasted and grilled meats and fish.
Camembert and mussels are both staple ingredients in Normandy, which is where this recipe drew its inspiration. It may sound unusual but you'll be surprised by just how good it is!
Salmon fishcakes are such a treat, yet are amazingly easy to make: just red salmon and creamy mashed potato in a crisp coating. The sauce perfectly complements the fish too...
The earthiness of mushrooms and porcini is complemented superbly by the toasty nuttiness of Madeira to give you a soup, made from a bought mushroom sauce, that can be served at even the most luxurious meal.
Venison, porter, port and pickled walnuts...there's something decidedly Dickensian-sounding about the main ingredients in this luscious stew. Marinating the meat the night before, then slow braising maximises flavour.
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