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Mark Hix recipes: Our chef's hearty dishes show just how versatile turnips and swedes can be

It’s high time we learnt to tell our swedes from our turnips, says our man in the kitchen, because these versatile vegetables are a culinary boon when the winter months come around

Mark Hix recipes: From baked shallots to hearty soup, our chef know his onions

Onions aren’t just fodder for your stuffing – they can be a meal in themselves. Try our chef’s recipes for baked shallots and walnuts, onion loaf, lambs’ kidneys with creamed onion, or onion and red wine soup
Ham hock, beetroot and horseradish broth

Mark Hix: Ham hock, beetroot and horseradish broth; Beetroot, red onion and fennel pollen chutney; Antipasti of beetroot; Smoked mackerel with beetroot slaw

From chutneys to soups, antipasti to slaw, beetroots are hard to beat on flavour and versatility, says our man in the kitchen
Roast mallard with pears cooked in porter

Mark Hix recipes: Roast mallard with pears cooked in Porter; Chicory, conference pear and cashel blue salad; Pear tart; Pear and cardamom chutney

Bring the sweet tang of autumn to your table with the versatile pear. It can play a starring role in a main dish, enliven a salad, or delight as a dessert
Sweet treat: Mark's baklava

Baklava recipe: Great British Bake Off

Makes 25-30

Trompette soup

Mark Hix recipes: Trompette soup; Wild mushroom tarts; Shaved penny buns; Chicken escalope with creamed wild mushrooms

Out there in the woods and fields, autumn is settling in, and mushrooms are popping up. Use their earthy flavour to give depth and richness to a whole range of dishes
Jersey rice pudding with wild strawberries
French toast with strawberries makes a great brunch

Mark Hix recipe: French toast with strawberries

Serves 4
Fun dessert: Knickerbocker glory

Mark Hix recipe: Knickerbocker glory

Serves 4
Great sharing dish: Strawberries with salted caramel fondue
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