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Ricotta bruschetta

Ricotta bruschetta

With a selection of Italian–style antipasto vegetables in your refrigerator, interesting light meals and snacks can be prepared in minutes, such as these tasty toasts topped with capsicum and ricotta. A salad is all that's needed to make a sustaining lunch.

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and dill -

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and dill -

Here's a great new way to scramble eggs – cooked in a double saucepan or in a bowl over simmering water, without any butter, then mixed with crème fraîche for a creamy result. With strips of smoked salmon and fresh dill, this is the ultimate luxury brunch dish.

Herbed French toast

Herbed French toast

Give breakfast or brunch a new twist with this savoury version of French toast, also called pain perdu or eggy bread. Triangles of bread are dipped into a fresh herb and egg mixture, then pan–fried until crisp and golden.

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros

For a fun weekend brunch, serve this Mexican–style dish of poached eggs, warm flour tortillas, a fresh tomato and chilli salsa, and toppings of grated cheese, sour cream, spring onions and fresh coriander. It will soon become a firm favourite.

Mozzarella in carrozza

Mozzarella in carrozza

This classic Italian sandwich, which literally means ‘mozzarella in a carriage’, makes a tasty and very quick vegetarian meal. Chopped sun–dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves enhance the flavour of the cheese, which melts on cooking to a wonderful oozing texture.

Thai-style beef sandwiches

Thai-style beef sandwiches

A very tasty, fresh and flavoursome sandwich that's perfect for lunch or light meal.

Mushroom and thyme toasts

Mushroom and thyme toasts

Make this whenever you are short of time and want to prepare a satisfying snack quickly. The rich flavour of chestnut mushrooms is enhanced by cooking them with garlic, herbs and a dollop of tangy crème fraîche, and they taste wonderful piled on top of toast spread with ricotta.

Sardine, watercress and carrot open sandwich

Sardine, watercress and carrot open sandwich

This unusual combination of ingredients makes a colourful sandwich that is packed with interesting textures and good flavours. It only takes a few minutes to make, so is perfect for a quick lunch or a snack at any time of the day.

Smoked trout wraps

Smoked trout wraps

Wraps are made by rolling up a filling inside a soft, wheat flour tortilla. They make a great alternative to ordinary sandwiches and are great for lunch on the run. Here smoked trout, taramasalata and salad greens combine for a tempting filling.

Egg and anchovy pan bagna

Egg and anchovy pan bagna

Pan bagna is a Mediterranean layered sandwich, often prepared in a hollowed–out round, rustic loaf. Here eggs, anchovies, capers, basil and tomatoes – all ingredients from a classic salade niçoise – are layered in a long baguette, then left so that the flavours can meld.

Rustic bread and cheese salad

Rustic bread and cheese salad

Inspired by the Italian salad called panzanella, this combines crisp, garlic–flavoured bread cubes with sweet, juicy tomatoes and crunchy salad vegetables. Gruyère and parmesan add wonderful flavour as well as vital minerals. Try it for lunch or supper.

Herbed cheese bagels

Herbed cheese bagels

A little parsley adds a hint of freshness and colour to dishes, but when used in quantity its unique flavour can really be appreciated. It also makes a healthy contribution along with the vegetables to this delicious filling for bagels, which is based on creamy reduced–fat cream cheese.

Bacon and mushroom kebabs

Bacon and mushroom kebabs

In this dish, three favourite breakfast ingredients – bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes – are cooked on skewers with new potatoes and yellow squash. The kebabs are served on toasted ciabatta with a refreshing citrus salad. Enjoy them for brunch at the weekend or as a midweek supper.

Papaya and avocado salad

Papaya and avocado salad

This refreshing salad with a hint of spice will convert anyone wary of mixing fruit with raw vegetables. Starting with a base of crisp lettuce, slices of orange or yellow capsicum are layered with avocado and papaya. Toasted pepitas add protein and crunch.
Ham and celeriac pitas

Ham and celeriac pitas

This refreshing salad sandwich is packed with crunchy vegetables, smoked ham, dried fruit and green olives that gives lovely contrasting flavours and textures. The tangy mustard dressing is based on Greek-style yogurt and mayonnaise.

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