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Dry orange slices for a festive garland

Here's how to dry orange slices and assemble them with cinnamon sticks and bay leaves for a fragrant festive garland!

Fruit cake


Grandma’s Fruitcake by Alex Hollywood

It's the cake I most like to have, sitting with Mum in her pretty garden with a cup of tea…

Pav Bhaji


Delicious Pav Bhaji

Chetna Makan has shared one of her recipes to help make your Big Lunch delicious!



Levi Roots’ Caribbean Stew

Tuck in to Levi Roots' Carribean Stew - the perfect vegan one-pot to serve a crowd!

Rav Bansal's Pistachio, Cardamom & Rose Water Cream Cake


Rav Bansal’s Pistachio, Cardamom & Rose Water Cream Cake

Treat your Big Lunch guests to something special with this lovely cake by Rav Bansal.



Rav Bansal’s Caramelised Onion & Sweet Potato Samosas

A firm favourite for a gathering, give Rav Bansal's super sweet potato samosa recipe a try

Grainne's Spicy Pumpkin Soup


Grainne’s Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins are not just for carving, here's how to make pumpkin soup to share with your friends and neighbours! Make…

Potato salad. in a bowl


Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s New Potato and Egg Salad with Gherkins and Capers

This takes its inspiration from the flavours of a classic tartare sauce. Ideal as a barbecue side, it is particularly…

Jose Pizarro's Aubergine, Honey & Blue Cheese Omelette


Jose Pizarro’s Aubergine, Honey & Blue Cheese Omelette

This omelette takes the cake!

Delia's Sticky Prune and Date Cake


Delia’s Sticky Prune and Date Cake

An unequivocal winner! Dark, sticky, very moist, keeps like a dream and has always been hugely popular with everyone who…

Angela Hartnett's Olive oil and pistachio cake


Angela Hartnett’s olive oil and pistachio cake

Served with yoghurt sorbet, this Syrian inspired recipe from Angela Hartnett is sure to have you taking your serving plate…

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's Muhammara


Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Muhammara – #CookForSyria

Muhammara is a classic Levantine dip can be made in a food processor, but it will lose some of its…