Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire returns with his new series of Home Chef, and this time the emphasis is on quick, family-friendly dishes rather than the more complex, restaurant-style recipes of his previous series. 

Moroccan Lamb Tagine: Alternative Easter dinner

Moroccan Lamb Tagine: Alternative Easter dinner

Neven Maguire says: "I like to make my tagines a little richer than is traditional in Morocco. This involves browning the meat, frying off the spices, reducing the sauce and cooking it all gently in the oven with the delicious Medjool dates."

Sichuan Peppered Lamb with Spiced Redcurrant Compote

Sichuan Peppered Lamb with Spiced Redcurrant Compote

The best way to remove redcurrants from their stems is to use a fork - simply hold the end of the stem and push through the prongs, dragging the fork down the stem. Not only does it save time, but it also doesn't damage the delicate fruit. I like the pieces of cinnamon in with the spiced redcurrants, but if this doesn't appeal, just use ground cinnamon.

Soufflé Omelette with Smoked Haddock

Soufflé Omelette with Smoked Haddock

This is actually very similar to the classic omelette Arnold Bennett. Properly cooked, it is absolutely delicious and I've no doubt your guests will savour every mouthful. If you are really short of time, substitute smoked mackerel fillets and flake as for the recipe, which will save you having to poach the fish.

Steak with Roasted Peppercorn Sauce

Steak with Roasted Peppercorn Sauce

This classic dish is so delicious, it's no wonder that it has stood the test of time. Use the best dry-aged steaks you can afford and make sure you give them plenty of time to rest before serving them to allow all the juices to settle.

Peanut Parfait

Peanut Parfait

This can be made up to 1 month in advance and kept in an airtight container in the freezer until needed.

Instant Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae

Instant Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae

Watch children's faces light up as you make these ice cream sundaes before their very eyes! The ice cream is so much better for them than anything you can buy, contains so little fat and has a really fresh flavour. If there are any adults around, they'll be guaranteed to enjoy it just as much. Try using raspberries, which work just as well.

Ham, Cheese and Egg Crêpes with Griddled Asparagus

Ham, Cheese and Egg Crêpes with Griddled Asparagus

This is a perfect tea for lots of hungry children, but it would also be a good weekend late breakfast, depending on your mood. It's the classic way that many crêpe stallholders cook crêpes to order late at night around the major tourist attractions in Paris. They are always very popular, often with long queues, and once you've tasted them it's easy to understand why.

Salmon Fishcakes

Salmon Fishcakes

Fishcakes are a great, easy way to introduce kids to fish. These are a favourite in our household. Feel free to add vegetables to the fishcakes: peas, carrots or sweetcorn would be good.

Rib-eye Steak with Chimichurri

Rib-eye Steak with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a green sauce that is traditionally served with barbecued or grilled meat in Argentina. Rib-eye is my favourite cut of beef for a steak, as it has the perfect balance between flavour and value for money.

Seared Lamb Loin with Black Olive Couscous and Yoghurt Sauce

Seared Lamb Loin with Black Olive Couscous and Yoghurt Sauce

This recipe would also be great done on the barbecue. It uses Israeli couscous, which is also known as ptitim or Jerusalem couscous. It is actually an Israeli pasta shaped like rice or little balls. I like to eat it hot or cold and it has the added advantage of retaining its shape and texture even when reheated, as it does not clump together.

Sticky Glazed Pork Fillet

Sticky Glazed Pork Fillet

The beauty of these parcels is that the main and side dishes cook alongside each other in the oven, leaving you with nothing to do except chat to your guests! They take very little time to prepare but can be made well in advance and then cooked to order, leaving no last-minute stress! Buy one large pork fillet and you'll have enough for this recipe.