This pretty vegetarian main is made from quick-cook cheesy polenta topped with mushrooms, mozzarella, rocket and balsamic vinegar
- 25g butter, plus extra for greasing
- 850ml vegetable stock
- 200g quick-cook polenta
- 50g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
- 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves finely chopped
- 500g chestnut mushrooms, halved
- small bunch thyme, leaves only
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 125g ball mozzarella, drained
- large handful rocket
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
MethodGrease and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan, then slowly pour in the polenta, whisking all the time. Bring it to the boil and bubble for 8 mins, whisking continuously. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, butter, rosemary and plenty of seasoning. Spread the polenta over the lined tray and bake for 30 mins.
- 500g pack marzipan
- 1 x 23cm round tart case- ready-made or bake your own with bought shortcrust pastry
- 600ml pot double cream
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tsp rose water
- 5 small meringues nests, crushed
- 600g mixed berry (we used raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries)
- 50g toasted flaked almond
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll out the marzipan to a circle roughly 21cm in diameter – use a plate as a template to cut around. Lay the marzipan circle in the centre of the tart case, then put in the oven and bake for 5 mins. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
- Tip the double cream, icing sugar and rose water into a bowl. Whisk until the cream just holds its shape, then stir through the crushed meringue. Drop some of the berries into the bottom of the tart case. Pile over the cream mixture, then top with the remaining berries and flaked almonds. Serve straight away.
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 good-quality pork sausages, meat squeezed from the skins and cut into chunks
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 140g chestnut mushroom, sliced
- 1 thyme sprig, leaves removed
- ½ tbsp sundried tomato paste
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp crème fraîche
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 25g mature cheddar, grated
- 3 lasagne sheets
- Heat the oil in frying pan and tip in the sausagemeat. Use a fork and wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks (it should look like mince). When browned and slightly crisp, add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme. Fry for 4-5 mins until the mushrooms are soft and golden.
- Cook the lasagne sheets following pack instructions, then drain. Stir the tomato paste, cherry tomatoes and 2 tbsp water into the sausage mixture. Cover and simmer for 6 mins. Remove the lid and crush the tomatoes with the back of your spoon, so that they break up a little. Bubble for a few mins and add seasoning.
- Put the crème fraîche, mustard, most of the cheddar and a little seasoning in a pan and melt together over a low heat.
- Heat the grill to high. Lay 1 sheet of lasagne in the bottom of a serving dish, letting it fold over on itself in places. Top with some of the sausage mixture and another lasagne sheet. Repeat the process, finishing with a layer of sausage mixture. Pour over the cheese sauce, and sprinkle with then remaining cheese, then grill until the top is bubbling.
- To make accompanying garlic bread: Heat oven to 200C/220C fan/gas 6. Cut 4-5 slices in 1 small bread roll (petit pain), making sure not to cut all the way through. Spread garlic butter in each gap. Wrap the roll in foil and bake for 8 mins. Unwrap the roll and bake for a further 5-6 mins.
- 1l hot chicken stock
- 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
- 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
- 2 tsp sugar
- zest and juice 2 limes
- 100g Portobello mushrooms, sliced
- bunch spring onions, sliced, whites and greens seperated
- 200g leftover chicken, shredded
- Tip the stock into a saucepan, then stir in the curry paste, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and most of the zest. Bring to the boil, then add the mushrooms and whites of the spring onion. Cover, then simmer for 2 mins.
- Stir in the chicken and most of the spring onion greens to gently heat through, then serve ladled into bowls and scattered with the remaining lime zest. Serve with extra lime juice, sugar and fish sauce on the side so everyone can adjust their own bowlfuls.