Carrot and Cardamom Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Carrot and cardamom are a wonderful combination of flavours. The cake itself is moist enough but for that extra special touch you can add the delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting. If you want to go all out, you can make mini carrots out of marzipan with a little orange food colouring and angelica root for the stalks.

Sunblush Tomato, Basil and Goat’s Cheese Pasta

From: The Afternoon Show

A nutritious, tasty snack or lunch box filler.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

These make wonderfully chewy and crumbly cookies which are easily adaptable - just use whatever ingredients you might have in the store cupboard. Feel free to swap out the chocolate and raisins with other dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

Chocolate and Raisin Cookies

From: The Afternoon Show

A gorgeous diabetic treat from Donal Skehan.

Thai Rice Noodle Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Anyone who has ever travelled to Thailand will remember the wonderful balance of flavours from sweet to salty and spicy to smoky. I like to think this salad captures all of these. There are so many wonderful textures and flavours from the roasted nuts, fresh crunchiness from the vegetables and then super sweet heat from the chilli and ginger dressing. This makes a really exciting midweek dinner.

Red Pepper Soup

From: Four Live

A tasty easy-to-prepare starter.

Chorizo, Rocket and Red Onion Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Chorizo is one of my favourite ingredients to use, it provides really delicious smoky flavours and, when fried, renders the most amazing red oil. One of the first few times I visited London, I got myself down to world-famous Borough market where you can pick up some of the best Spanish chorizo outside Spain. This salad is nicest if you can get your hands on some really good-quality chorizo – you will generally find the best stuff in Spanish specialty food shops.

Platter of baked shellfish

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve with an extra squeeze of lemon juice, lemon wedges and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Swedish cinnamon buns, or 'Kanelbulle', were the first thing I learned to bake when I stayed in Sweden. Pearl sugar is sprinkled on top to give it that distinctive finishing touch, but if you can't get your hands on any simply sprinkle a little Demerara sugar to finish.




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