What should you be cooking this month?

See our selection of recipes using ingredients in season in April.

 
What should you be cooking this month?
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Cauliflower with Two Cheeses and Creme FraicheServes 4 as a vegetable or 2 for supper

Cauliflower with Two Cheeses and Creme Fraiche

This is almost like a cheat's cauliflower cheese as you don't have to make a separate sauce - just let the creme fraiche melt. Use vegetarian cheese if you are not a meat eater: this is comfort food at its best.

 
 
Rosti Crab CakesServes 2 as main course or 4 as starter

Rosti Crab Cakes

Using crab in these rosti is a brilliant idea as the richness of the crab meat is offset by the potato and the crispy result is totally irresistible. Serve them with Delia's Pickled Limes.

 
 
Rhubarb Yoghurt FoolServes 4

Rhubarb Yoghurt Fool

This can be a no-fat and no-sugar dessert for waist watchers which does taste rather good. But if you like you can use whole milk Greek yoghurt, which will be creamier and have some fat content.

 
 
Salmon Steaks with Avocado and Creme Fraiche SauceServes 6

Salmon Steaks with Avocado and Creme Fraiche Sauce

One of Delia's most popular salmon recipes - and it's easy to see why. The fish cooks to moist perfection in the oven while you rustle up a sublime creme fraiche and avocado sauce. A brilliant party recipe.

 
 
Watercress SoupServes 6-8

Watercress Soup

Watercress is a star performer in so many ways. I love the fat green luxurious leaves in salads, sprinkled with rock salt in sandwiches, in sauce and perhaps most of all in soup.

 
 
Colcannon PotatoesServes 4

Colcannon Potatoes

Another supremely good version of mashed potato, this is based on the Irish recipe for Colcannon potatoes, which was originally served in a fluffy pile with a sort of well in the centre that was filled with melted butter.

 
 
Braised Wood Pigeon with Cider Apple Sauce and a Confit of Apples and ShallotsServes 4-6

Braised Wood Pigeon with Cider Apple Sauce and a Confit of Apples and Shallots

Cheap and readily available, wood pigeon is a game bird that's well worth discovering...and Delia's scrumptious apple and shallot confit makes it even more special. Serve the confit with other game birds too.

 
 
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Goats’ Cheese MashServes 4

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Goats’ Cheese Mash

Vegetarians certainly won't feel short-changed with this sumptuous meat-free version of shepherd's pie: in fact, meat eaters will no doubt love it as much as they do!

 
 
Italian Baked FishServes 4

Italian Baked Fish

Four pieces of any white fish can be used for this dish, though my own personal choice is cod steaks on the bone.

 
 
Thai Fish Curry with Mango - sponsored by Singha BeerServes 4 generously

Thai Fish Curry with Mango - sponsored by Singha Beer

You won't believe how utterly simple and easy this is, and yet it tastes exotic and wonderful and, what's more, it can all be prepared well in advance and the fish added about 10 minutes before you want to eat it.

 
 
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