The 10 Best slow cookers

With the warm weather still some way off, it's the perfect time to invest in a pot that makes easy work of stews and soups...

The 10 Best casserole dishes

Since it's not quite salad weather yet, now seems a good time to invest in a sturdy, stylish oven pot for stews and more...

What's for supper? Pasta with Sardines

Ingredients to serve 6-8

Koshari

Serves 6-8

Apricot pudding with pistachio

Serves 6-8

Pork cheeks with sherry

Pork cheeks with sherry

Serves 4

Tender: Loin of pork with chicory and orange

Loin of pork with chicory and orange

Serves 4

The juiciest cuts: Mark Hix cooks with succulent and nutty acorn-fed Iberico pork

In the UK, unfortunately, we don't have an annual pig slaughter, but in Spain the animal is a little more revered and many Andalucian families still carry out the traditional celebratory matanza. This involves killing the animals humanely and dissecting the various cuts and curing and brining them to ensure that the family has a supply of good-quality meat to last through the year.

Vietnamese red snapper curry

6 red snapper or sea bass fillets, with skin
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Half a teaspoon finely chopped red chilli

Chicken, spelt and wild garlic pilaf

Chicken, spelt and wild garlic pilaf

Serves 4-6

Smoked haddock spelt arancini

Smoked haddock spelt arancini

Makes 15-20

Ray escalopes with fennel salad

Ray escalopes with fennel salad

Serves 4

Duck fillet and blood orange salad

Duck fillet and blood orange salad

Serves 4

Lamb fillets served with wild garlic gremolata

Lamb fillets served with wild garlic gremolata

Serves 4

Sweet treat: Yorkshire pudding with ice-cream and marmalade

Ice-cream and marmalade

Serves 4

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