Weeknight winners

When time is in short supply, as it so often is during the course of the working week, you need dinners that come together easily, with a minimum of fuss in both the shopping and the making. These recipes are some of my top answers to that eternal question: What’s for dinner?

 
 

Mustard pork with nectarines

A simple one-pan, 15-minute weeknight winner with a sauce made with wholegrain mustard and apple cider.


 

Risi e bisi

Let this gentle, soothing not-risotto of rice and peas come to your rescue.


 

Mild salmon curry

A tomato and coconut milk broth, livened up with a few spices, makes for a tasty weeknight way with salmon.


 

Daeji bulgogi

One of the great staples of Korean home cooking, daeji bulgogi is easy to make and sensational to eat.


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Easy noodle stir-fry

A versatile way to get a great dinner on the table in a few minutes with a minimum of fuss.


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Spiced baby eggplants

Their natural flavour complemented with spices, these are a lovely side dish or the basis of a great salad.


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Harissa-roasted butternut

Sweet roasted butternut pumpkin with the spicy heat of harissa. It’s addictively delicious.


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Doughnut bread pudding

A bread pudding with a trick up its sleeve: it looks, feels, tastes and smells like doughnuts.


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Quick berry crumble

An impromptu dessert to keep up your sleeve.


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Emergency chocolate dessert

When life hands you lemons, hand them right back and make these warm, fudgy little chocolate cakes instead.


Paul Hayes