Green shoots pushing through the ground - at last! - herald the end of winter dearths. Enjoy spring eating with early crops of vegetables, watercress and shellfish...

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Lobster RisottoServes 4 as a starter or 2 as a main course

Lobster Risotto

Doesn't this sound like the height of luxury? Well, it is and, thanks to a secret ingredient, plus ready-prepared lobster tails in brine, it's a risotto that anyone can make in minutes.

A Very Quick MoussakaServes 2-3

A Very Quick Moussaka

This brilliant moussaka will give your guests the impression that you've been cooking for hours, when in fact - thanks to a raft of ready-made ingredients - all you've done is a quick assembly job.

Coconut and Lime Jellies with a Puree of Mango and LimeServes 4

Coconut and Lime Jellies with a Puree of Mango and Lime

Coconut, lime and mango are all ingredients found in Thailand and, not surprisingly, this easy cheat dessert would slip down really well after a fiery Asian curry.

Grilled Polenta with Sage, Parma Ham and Melted Fontina Cheese Serves 2

Grilled Polenta with Sage, Parma Ham and Melted Fontina Cheese

Plenty of Italian influence in this wonderfully ingenious recipe…as we all know, ham and cheese are made for each other, so simply add polenta for a quick and easy supper dish.

Gnocchi CarbonaraServes 4

Gnocchi Carbonara

You've heard of spaghetti carbonara - well, here's an unusual twist on that Italian classic. All you need is five ready-made ingredients for a supper that has plenty of wow factor!

Cheat’s Chocolate TrifleServes 8

Cheat’s Chocolate Trifle

Made in moments, this trifle is a real treat for chocolate lovers. And even complete beginners can make this, as all it involves is a quick trawl round the supermarket and an assembly job.

Cheat's Chocolate Rum GateauServes 8

Cheat's Chocolate Rum Gateau

This recipe looks so impressive that your guests will think you've spent all day in the kitchen. Little do they know that this is a quick and easy recipe that you can make in advance, then just sit back and wait for the compliments!

Truffle TorteServes 10

Truffle Torte

Delia describes this classic chocolate recipe as 'not only one of the best desserts I've tried but also one of the easiest', so if you're looking for an indulgent dessert to impress, that can even be made ahead and frozen, this is it!

Fish Cakes with CapersServes 4-6

Fish Cakes with Capers

Classic fishcakes are wonderfully frugal food, as they allow you to 'stretch' 1lb of fish to serve 4-6 people. And who's complaining with recipes as good as this, pepped up with the addition of capers, parsley and cayenne?

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with a Confit of LemonsServes 6

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with a Confit of Lemons

Although it may not be the obvious choice at the end of a rich meal, the light and fluffy texture of this cheesecake, and its hit of lemon makes it ideal. The confit needs to be made a day in advance.

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