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...
Shelled peas enjoy a brief season in the summer and if you've run out of other ways to use them, try this wonderful summery soup with lettuce, which can be served hot or cold, depending on the weather.
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.
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.
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.
These lovely, light creams are best made in early summer when sorrel is in season - or grown your own if you prefer. Sorrel adds a lemony lightness to recipes and goes really well with salmon but if you can't find it, use spinach instead.
Yes, it's unusual for a cheesecake to be savoury rather than sweet, but try to suspend disbelief and we can promise you'll enjoy this light and summery concoction, which will also please vegetarians if it's on the menu.
Predominantly fruit, this is a healthy summery dessert to serve to dieters who often feel they miss out on the pudding front. You can use any fruit combination you like - the lemon grass adds a subtle and intriguing element.
Creamy and full of spring goodness, this easy, fresh-tasting soup is destined to feature in your regular repertoire after just one tasting.
With plenty of kick, this storecupboard supper pasta recipe will definitely wake up your senses. An excellent dish for veggies…
With its porcini mushroom and bacon stuffing and unctuous Marsala sauce, this elegant recipe is perfect for entertaining and, although it looks super-luxurious, it's actually quick and easy to cook.
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