This spicy tofu with eggplant dish can be eaten as a main, or as part of a banquet.

This spicy black pepper tofu with eggplant dish can be eaten as a main, or as part of a banquet.

Braised chicken (or use fish)with lemon, oregano and olives.

This lovely braised chicken dish gets its zest from slowly simmered lemon. It also works well with sauteed fish such as whiting or snapper fillets, browned .

Ginger takes the cake in this sophisticated recipe.

Some spices work harder than others, sharing their charms across main course and dessert. Here, ginger takes the cake. Source young ginger for the cake and use a .

Beef and ale stew - Neil Perry

Take off your coat, put on the oven and prepare to warm yourself from the inside out with this full-bodied stew. This braise can be cooled, placed in a ramekin, .

Cheddar-onion tart - Neil Perry

Savoury tarts are the ulitmate meal solution; simple, tasty crowd-pleasers that can be served up at any time of day. Tarts can also be served simply for a quick meal, or plated up with salad for entertaining.

Crowd pleaser: These koftas are bound to disappear quickly at a family meal or barbie.

Fancy something savoury? Be tempted by easy-to-prepare lamb kofta, accompanied by muhammara, an addictively spicy red pepper dip.

Neil Perry's salt and pepper squid.

Neil Perry shares his fried squid with spiced salt recipe from Sydney's soon-to-open Jade Temple restaurant.

Tender loving care: Braised beef cheeks with baby carrots.

This recipe is a good excuse to fire up the oven and spend a chilly winter afternoon creating a tender masterpiece. What is it? Braised beef cheeks and wee baby carrots.

Squid ink pasta with scallops, chilli, tomato and garlic.

Dark pleasures await: your tastebuds will find the bright side in the delicate flavours of this squid-ink pasta dish. Using a "Nero" or black pasta, .