Entertaining

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!

 
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Turkish Stuffed TomatoesServes 4

Turkish Stuffed Tomatoes

Eat these hot or cold: with plenty of Mediterranean flavours - cinnamon, pine nuts, thyme - these wonderful summery stuffed tomatoes are a good way of using up a glut from the garden and will please vegetarians no end.

 
 
Tomato and Olive VinaigretteServes 4 as an accompaniment

Tomato and Olive Vinaigrette

A vinaigrette with a difference that will pep up any summery fish or chicken you might be cooking.

 
 
Stuffed Cabbage Leaves with Toasted Pistachios and Pine NutsServes 2

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves with Toasted Pistachios and Pine Nuts

Redolent of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East where stuffed vegetables are de rigueur, this lovely vegetarian recipe is a flavourful way to eat cabbage in the winter months.

 
 
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves)Serves 4, or 6 as a starter

Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves)

You can now buy vine leaves in supermarkets, so this easy vegetarian recipe just got even easier! It will take you to the Greek islands in seconds, filled as it is with all those flavours of the eastern Mediterranean.

 
 
Pitta Bread SaladServes 6

Pitta Bread Salad

Based on the Mediterranean salad, fattoush, this may sound unusual but go on, give it a try! We are confident you'll fall for its gutsy, robust flavours and textures. Great with barbecue food, or summery chicken and meat.

 
 
Pork FlorentineServes 2-3

Pork Florentine

Pork and cheese is a classic combination, used here by Delia to create a substantial and flavourful supper or lunchtime bake with the addition of spinach.

 
 
Gooseberry and Elderflower JelliesServes 6

Gooseberry and Elderflower Jellies

A marriage made in heaven, gooseberries and elderflowers complement each other perfectly - an example of nature at its best, as both ingredients are in season at the same time! These jellies are a refreshing summer pud.

 
 
Marinated Mozzarella with AvocadoServes 2 as a snack lunch

Marinated Mozzarella with Avocado

An Italian classic with an unbeatable vinaigrette, this lovely summery vegetarian dish demands to be eaten outside with plenty of crusty bread. Try to find the very best-quality mozzarella you can, ideally buffalo.

 
 
Rhubarb CompôteServes 3

Rhubarb Compôte

A wonderfully easy way to serve rhubarb, this lovely compote totally avoids that common problem with rhubarb - mush! - as it cooks slowly in the oven without water to keep its texture and shape but add loads of flavour.

 
 
Rhubarb CheesecakeServes 6

Rhubarb Cheesecake

In this superb cheesecake, rhubarb is combined with ginger - a luscious partnership - to make a dessert that's perfect for spring, when rhubarb is in season.

 
 
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