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Tomato and pecorino clafoutis

Tomato and pecorino clafoutis

For this savoury version of a classic French batter pudding, sweet cherry tomatoes are baked in a light, fluffy batter flavoured with grated pecorino cheese. Make individual clafoutis, or one large one, and serve for a simple lunch or dinner with bread or boiled new potatoes and green beans.

Little custard pot

Little custard pot

These creamy baked custards, delicately flavoured with vanilla and accompanied by a fresh cherry compote, are easy to make and sure to be popular with all ages. Take care not to overcook the custards – they should be just set when you take them out of the oven.

Baked eggplant with yogurt

Baked eggplant with yogurt

In this delicious dish, grilled slices of eggplant and zucchini are layered with a rich tomato sauce and cumin–flavoured yogurt, then baked. Thick slices of bread and a crisp green salad are the perfect accompaniments to make a satisfying meal.

Provenal silverbeet tian

Provençal silverbeet tian

In this colourful, vitamin–rich dish, rice and leafy silverbeet are layered with sliced tomatoes and baked in a gruyère–flavoured custard. The name of the dish – ‘tian’ – comes from the earthenware casserole dish in which such mixtures are traditionally baked in Provence.

Home-style potato cakes with baked tomatoes

Home-style potato cakes with baked tomatoes

Potato and leek cakes, flavoured with tasty cheese and fresh herbs, make a satisfying vegetarian meal served with big baked tomatoes and accompanied by a simple leaf salad. You can change the herbs to suit your taste.

Cheese and watercress souffl

Cheese and watercress soufflé

Soufflés have a quite undeserved reputation for being difficult to make. This tasty soufflé is, in fact, very quick and easy to prepare and makes a satisfying lunch when served with crusty bread and a side salad. The watercress gives a delicious bite to this soufflé.

Stuffed baked potatoes

Stuffed baked potatoes

A steaming–hot baked potato makes perfect comfort food, and doesn't need lashings of butter and cheese to be delicious. This tasty vegetarian filling combines marinated mushrooms and zucchini for a healthy filling. Other fillings are limited only by your imagination.

Sweet pumpkin tartlets

Sweet pumpkin tartlets

Pumpkin is a good example of one of the many vegetables that can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. Pumpkin pie is the best–known sweet preparation, and this is a lighter version made with filo instead of rich shortcrust and topped with fresh fruit.

Leek and spring green filo pie

Leek and spring green filo pie

A combination of spring vegetables, lively herbs and zesty lemon makes a refreshing filling for a crisp filo crust. This pie is easy to make and so delicious, it is destined to become a firm family favourite. For a hearty meal, serve it with baby carrots and new potatoes boiled in their skins.

Carrot bread rolls

Carrot bread rolls

Just pull apart the rolls or ‘bubbles’ to eat this delicious bread for brunch or as a healthy snack or accompaniment with a meal. The yeast dough is flavoured with a fresh carrot purée, and grated carrots and spring onions add more colour and crunch.

Fruity vegetable muffins

Fruity vegetable muffins

Not only do grated vegetables and dried fruit add food value and flavour to these muffins, but they also make them deliciously moist. Unlike many muffins, these are not too sweet, so they are as good in a packed lunch or as a snack as they are for breakfast or a teatime treat.

Hot fruity parcels

Hot fruity parcels

Baking fruit in paper parcels is a brilliant way of sealing in all the flavour. It also makes a novel presentation method and saves on washing up! Serve this delicious fruity treat of fresh pineapple and dried apricots with a dollop of Greek-style yogurt or crème fraîche.

Summer berry muffins

Summer berry muffins

Fresh summer berries not only add delicious flavour and colour to these tempting American-style muffins, they also make them more nutritious. The muffins are at their best when served warm, fresh from the oven, but will be enjoyed just as much once cooled.

Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Here is a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

So quick and easy to make, these favourite tea-time biscuits are great for the cookie jar or the freezer. Make sure they are completely cool before you store them, or they will lose their delightful crunch.

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