Gingerbread Cupcakes

The combination of ground, fresh and crystallized ginger gives these delicious cupcakes a multi-layered flavor that lovers of ginger will find irresistible.

Braised chicken with beans

This is a great way to cook good-value drumsticks, so that they are moist and tender. A simple barbecue sauce and a mixture of vegetables and beans makes a healthy dish children will love. Serve with a leafy side salad.

Spiced Almonds

Ounce per ounce, almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut. Spice up this healthy snack with sweet paprika, cayenne pepper and a touch of brown sugar

Sweet Whole-Wheat Cookies

These crunchy, golden cookies are full of nutty, slightly sweet flavours. They are sliced from a long piece of dough, which you can make ahead and store in the refrigerator or freezer. So you can bake the sweet whole-wheat cookies all at once or in batches.

Gingerbread

This delicious, lightly spiced gingerbread is hard to resist. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or try it for dessert, with custard or a little reduced-fat cream or plain yogurt plus, perhaps, a spoonful of fresh apple compote.

Upside-Down Pear Pudding

This comforting pear pudding is perfect for a Sunday lunch on a chilly day. Pears and blackberries are topped with an orange-scented sponge mixture and baked, then the pudding is turned out upside-down, so the luscious fruit is on top.

Very Fruity Christmas Pudding

Lighter than the traditional pudding, this very fruity Christmas pudding is packed with flavour and soaked in sherry or brandy and orange juice so it’s extra juicy. Served with brandy sauce, it won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full.

Boston Baked Beans

These oven-baked beans are cooked slowly to create a richly flavoured vegetable dish’a revelation if you’ve only ever eaten the canned variety. Serve Boston baked beans alongside grilled meat, together with potatoes or bread.

Sticky Pork Spare Ribs

In this dish, pork spare ribs are simmered first to tenderize the meat and to remove some of the fat, before being roasted in a deliciously sticky orange and mustard glaze. Choose the meatiest ribs you can find.

Lamb Burgers with Fruity Relish

The advantage of making your own burgers is that you know exactly what’s in them. These lamb burgers look and taste better than the fast-food variety, while being a really healthy meal. A fruity relish of orange and raspberry adds a lovely fresh flavour.

Beef in Beer

Topped with thick slices of garlic and herb bread, this beef in beer casserole is hearty and satisfying. It’s an ideal dish for entertaining because it can be prepared ahead. Serve the beef in beer with mashed potatoes and steamed seasonal greens for a complete meal.