Coq au Vin

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Like most stews, this can be made in advance and will taste even better reheated the next day.

Roast Loin of Lamb with a Spicy Rub

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The loin is the most tender cut of lamb with a meltingly soft texture.

Chicken Liver Pâté with Sweet Apple Relish

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The combination of port, brandy and thyme gives this rich, smooth pâté bags of flavour - fabulous as a dinner party starter on toast, crusty bread or thin crackers and with a dollop of the sweet apple relish.

Chocolate Crèmes Brûlées

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

My brother-in-law makes this divine chocolate variation of the classic crème brûlée. It is such a pleasing thing to eat, using your spoon to break the crisp sugar barrier to invade the creamy chocolate custard it protects.

Spinach Soup with Rosemary Oil

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The aromatic flavour of rosemary, drizzled as an oil over this soup, works to perfection with spinach.

Blackberry Mousse

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This is a gorgeous autumnal dessert with a wonderful pink colour. It’s also a great excuse to go out foraging for blackberries!

Blueberry and Custard Tart

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This is a great vegetarian dessert for summer entertaining. The pastry can be made a day in advance of filling and serving, and if you'd rather use raspberries, there's nothing to stop you.

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.

Beef Wellington

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

If I have time, I like to place the Beef Wellington parcels in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to cooking so that the pastry is very cold before going into the oven.

Chilled Avocado Soup with Red and Yellow Pepper and Coriander Salsa

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The vivid colours of this soup make it a perfect dish for a dazzling dinner party.




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