Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cake

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Rhubarb and ginger is one of my favourite flavour pairings. The gentle spiciness of the ginger perfectly marries with the sweet-sour nature of rhubarb.

Almond Meringue with Apricot Purée

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The apricot purée is also divine served with natural yoghurt as a quick snack or for breakfast. It can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and will keep for up to a week.

White Chocolate and Ginger Parfait with Dark Chocolate Sauce

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This dessert from Rachel Allen is perfect for entertaining as it can be made in up to two weeks in advance.

Baked Beetroot Risotto with Parmesan Crisps

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

With its amazing deep pink colour, this is a fun-looking dish with a seriously delicious taste. A risotto cooked in the traditional way can be a pain to prepare for a party. You have to be on hand to stir the stock constantly into the rice when you'd much rather be dazzling your guests with witty repartee. This baked recipe offers an easy alternative to all that stirring. For added convenience, the beetroot can be cooked up to two days in advance and the Parmesan crisps be kept for up to eight hours, if stored in an airtight box.

Smoked Mackerel and Goat's Cheese Soufflé

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Cheese soufflé is a classic and not nearly as scary a dinner party prospect as you might imagine. This version, with goat's cheese and smoked mackerel, is a fantastic variation on the theme.

Chicken Confit

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

It is usually duck legs that are cooked in this way, but all fowl taste pretty good cooked in half a litre of duck fat!

Poached Monkfish with Tomato, Sherry Vinegar and Toasted Hazelnut Salsa

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Poached monkfish is quite easy to cook when entertaining as it just needs a few minutes in boiling, salted water, and can be prepared in advance.

Decadent Mushroom Tart

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Porcini are one of the most prized mushrooms. They are dried for preservation and when rehydrated in water they bestow their powerful, almost meaty flavour to the liquid. This tart uses that liquid and other mushrooms, as well as the porcini themselves, so it is crammed with mushroom flavour.

Zesty Pine Nut-Crusted Fish with Salsa Verde

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Pine nuts are such a versatile ingredient, they can add texture and depth to anything from couscous or salads to pestos and even tarts.

Sesame and Mint Chickpea Pancakes

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The pancakes contrast perfectly with the moist and crunchy salad, while the mint brings a real freshness.




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