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Spiced pheasant and lentil soup

Mark Hix recipes: Spiced pheasant and lentil soup; Pig's trotter and green pea stew; Gymkhana's potato chaat; Grilled cuttlefish with black peas

Think dried peas and beans sound boring? These hearty, tasty winter dishes will make you think again
Parsnip gratin with bacon

Mark Hix recipes: Don't let the summer and autumn bounty slip away...get pickling

Our chef has grown lots of different chillies on his roof terrace and in his Dorset garden, which have gone straight in the pickle jar

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef proves that pumpkins aren't just for Hallowe'en decoration

Squashes and gourds can be seriously tasty treats, says our chef, who cooks up squash crisps, pheasant and squash curry, butternut burnt cream and a zingy squash salsa

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
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