Minestrone soup.

Vegetables are the foundation of all good dishes; slow cooking creates depth of flavour; correct seasoning is crucial to satisfying eating; and the best of all minestrone variations is alla Genovese, finished with pesto.

Slow-baked lamb shoulder with garam masala.

Karen Martini's slow-baked lamb shoulder with garam masala. This method of cooking lamb is divine, producing full-flavoured, unctuous meat that takes on the fragrant spices.

Middle Eastern sticky lamb shank stew

Somewhere between a soup and a stew, this is chock-a-block with yummy vegetables. Delicious ladled over fluffy cous cous, serve with extra flat bread to mop up the juices.

Chicken and leek casserole.

This recipe is based on a classic French dish called a fricassee. The classic garnish is bacon, onions and mushrooms.

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