Dan Hong’s Sichuan chicken salad with sesame dressing

Dan Hong’s Sichuan chicken salad with sesame dressing

A Chinese classic, this salad uses sesame paste and a spicy chilli condiment to amp up the flavour of the shredded chicken. Dan Hong shares his recipe in the book, Two Good Cookbook Two.

Prep 30 mins (plus cooling)

Cook 40 mins

Serves 4 as part of a banquet

Kylie Kwong’s prawn wontons with ginger dressing

Kylie Kwong’s prawn wontons with ginger dressing

Prawn wontons are something to be mastered. Follow Kylie Kwong’s lead for how to make them perfectly, from Two Good Cookbook Two: Recipes for Resilience.

30 mins (plus resting)

Cook 5 mins

Make 16

Pork with figs

Pork with figs

When it comes to Nigel Slater’s pork chops, a splash of cider and ripe figs lead the charge on the flavour front, you won’t be disappointed - from A Cook’s Book.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 15 mins

Serves 2

Lamb with broad beans and soured cream

Lamb with broad beans and soured cream

Broad bean season is fleeting, so make the most of it. This recipe is from the book, A Cook’s Book by Nigel Slater.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 35 minutes

Serves 2

A quick pancetta and bean soup with spaghetti

A quick pancetta and bean soup with spaghetti

A hearty all-in-one soup that is easy to make, and even easier to eat, from A Cook’s Book by Nigel Slater.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 35 mins

Serves 4

Rice paper rolls with pork and herbs

Rice paper rolls with pork and herbs

Spring rolls bring a light but flavour-packed taste perfect for this time of year, and although there is a little mis-en-place, once you have everything in place, you can simply roll and eat.

Prep 1 hour

Cook 10 minutes

Makes about 8

Daniel Medcalf’s arancini with garden peas

Daniel Medcalf’s arancini with garden peas

These crunchy pea arancini from chef Daniel Medcalf are the ultimate starter for spring entertaining. Serve them hot and watch your guests fight over the last one.

Prep 30 minutes

Cook 20 minutes

Makes about 35

Saag curry

Saag curry

A good dose of pureed spinach is what brings a verdant glow to this Indian-style curry with cheese.

Prep 15 minutes

Cook 5 minutes

Serves 4-6

Shaved globe artichokes with lemon, olive oil and parmesan

Shaved globe artichokes with lemon, olive oil and parmesan

Four ingredients are all it takes to create this sublime spring salad.

Prep 15 minutes

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Serves 4 as a side salad

Fat asparagus in a black bean sauce

Fat asparagus in a black bean sauce

Think of this as the vegetarian version of black pepper crab. The sauce is very simple to make and the combination of salty black beans, soy and butter make this a truly winning combination.

Prep 10 minutes

Cook 5 minutes

Serves 4

Raspberry marshmallows

Raspberry marshmallows

Our raspberry marshmallow recipe is easy, fun and can be made in advance for those weekend plans. Picnic baskets at the ready.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 10 mins (plus cooling and setting time)

Makes about 40

Baby beetroot, blood orange and curd salad

Baby beetroot, blood orange and curd salad

As delicious as it is beautiful, this citrus infused salad is the perfect addition to your spring menu.

Prep 30 mins

Cook 1 hour

Serves 4-6

Whole grilled beef tenderloin with caramelised onions and gorgonzola dolce

Whole grilled beef tenderloin with caramelised onions and gorgonzola dolce

Nothing says retro-inspired luxury like a whole fillet of beef. Danielle Alvarez’s version is an instant classic, starting with smoke from the grill and finishing with the piquancy and sweetness of gorgonzola dolce.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 20 mins (plus resting)

Serves 6–8

Cauliflower and fenugreek curry

Cauliflower and fenugreek curry

Give vegetables the star treatment at your next dinner party with this cauliflower curry.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 2 hrs

Serves 4

Morogo

Morogo

This mind-altering side dish from Duncan Welgemoed’s book Africola might blow you away with its firepower, but you’ll soon be back for more – the mix of chickpeas, leafy vegetables and crazy-hot seasonings is totally addictive.

Prep 30 mins (plus resting overnight)

Cook 30 mins

Serves 4

Fig, mozzarella and basil oil salad

Fig, mozzarella and basil oil salad

When figs are this jammy, the only thing to do is to tear them, dress them up and turn them into your next dream salad.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 15 mins

Serves 4 as a starter

Fig tarte Tatin

Fig tarte Tatin

The tarte Tatin gets a late summer upgrade with the edition of seasonal figs. Make this beautiful simple dessert for your next dinner party.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 15 mins

Serves 4

Cashew miso cream with young vegetables

Cashew miso cream with young vegetables

A landscape on a plate, this appetiser is more of an idea than a recipe: vegetables arranged like a sumptuous still-life, served with an umami-rich cashew cream. It’s a celebration of the art of good eating.

Prep 30 mins

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Serves 4

Sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork

When we asked Louis Tikaram of Brisbane’s Stanley restaurant to share some of his favourite recipes to ring in the Chinese New Year, he was quick to choose this Chinese-Australian classic.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 15 mins

Serves 4 as a shared meal

Dry-brined pork with green peppercorn sauce

Dry-brined pork with green peppercorn sauce

We’re huge fans of brining meat, whether in a traditional wet brine or this super-simple dry version. For flavour and succulence, the technique is unsurpassed. Bonus: this recipe produces the best crackling you’ve ever tasted.

Prep 30 mins

Cook 2 hrs

Serves 4