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!
Packed with summery flavours, this easy and speedy fish recipe would make the perfect lunch or supper dish on a warm day.
For 40 years, the nation has been making this pudding, which tastes even better if you prepare it a few weeks before Christmas then leave it in a cool place to mature. Serve with traditional brandy sauce.
It may look as if this Italian classic took hours to make, but in fact you just assemble a few ingredients in a loaf tin and there you have it - a lovely dessert that will earn you plenty of compliments.
Hearty, substantial, comfort food: this is the type of soup that makes you wish it was winter! Serve with crusty bread for a warming supper.
Mmmm…apple fans will swoon over this fabulous trifle, with its Calvados-soaked trifle sponges, apple puree and custard layer, with mascarpone and almonds on top.
Instead of making individual muffins, this recipe makes one large cake (or you could do small ones if you prefer). Although this one is made with apple, you could equally use plums or apricots in the summer.
There's something wintry about these lovely light jellies - the cider, dried fruits and cider syllabub all combine to create a great taste sensation, indulgent enough to serve at a special-occasion dinner.
Tomatoes are an intrinsic part of Mediterranean eating and here they are reduced to an intensity that brings out their full sunshine flavour. If you can't find sea bream, this is just as good with sea bass or even cod.
The 'Dijonnaise' bit is, of course, mustard which perfectly complements the pork in this wonderful centrepiece for Sunday lunch - roast pork with a difference!
Slow-cooked shin of veal with tomatoes and wine: a true taste of Italy. Gremolata - garlic, parsley and lemon zest - sprinkled over at the end makes it even better. Serve with rice, preferably risotto.
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