Angela Hartnett's quick chicken stir fry. Photograph: David Levene The beauty of this dish is that it's so quick and easy and you can spice it up as much or as little as you want. It can also be supplemented with extra vegetables, such as mushrooms or pak choi. (Serves four as a starter or two as a main) 4 chicken thighs A sprinkle of chilli flakes 2 tsp sesame oil ½ tsp garlic, chopped ½ tsp fresh red chilli, chopped 200g baby corn, chopped in half 200g mange tout peas 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp clear honey 1 spring onion, sliced Salt and pepper Angela Hartnett's quick chicken stir fry with honey and chilli recipe | Life and style
Nigel Slater's venison with chard, and orange pomegranate cake recipes | Life and style | The Observer Crimson tide: venison with sweet and sour chard. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer There is nothing like a glass of blood-orange juice under a grey-white winter sky to lift the spirits. I have one at my elbow right now. The crunch of a handful of pomegranate seeds, a little lemon zest on the tongue or the scent of a stalk of lemongrass crushed under the blade of a knife will have much the same effect. If I were even remotely religious I might suspect some god or another of giving us citrus fruits and bright, sharp flavours simply to cheer us up in the depths of winter.
Chicken sofrito and smoky corn salad recipes | Yotam Ottlenghi | Life and style Yotam Ottolenghi's chicken sofrito: The simple preparation belies the complexity of flavours at work in this classic Sephardic stew. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian Chicken sofrito This relatively simple Sephardic dish yields many layers of comforting flavours. The corn salad that follows it makes a perfect match.
Yotam Ottolenghi's harissa-marinated beef sirloin with preserved lemon sauce: It seems to carry you away somewhere far and exotic. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian I have been cooking with preserved lemon for years, using it left, right and centre, but I am still far from reaching my limit. It's one of those rare ingredients, like cardamom, rosewater and lemongrass, that not only paints a dish with a very specific colour, it also seems to carry you away somewhere far and exotic – a cheap trick, maybe, but it works. Making your own is the best option – there's a recipe in my first book , and there are many more online – but they are also widely available in Middle Eastern shops and some supermarkets. Harissa-marinated beef sirloin with preserved lemon sauce Harissa-marinated beef with preserved lemon sauce, plus roasted beet salad with yoghurt and preserved lemon recipes | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style
Mutton, potato and lime curry recipe, plus crushed carrots with yoghurt and pistachios | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style Yotam Ottolenghi's mutton, potato and lime curry: A big bowl of winter fare… made with a little help from Twitter. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian Mutton, potato and lime curry To all who doubt the practicality of Twitter, the idea of adding coconut cream to this dish came from @NaveenaKottoor .
Roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za'atar recipe, plus lamb-stuffed quince with pomegranate and coriander | Yotam Ottolenghi | Life and style Yotam Ottolenghi's roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za'atar: A great vegetarian treat to grace the Christmas table. Photograph: Colin Campbell for the Guardian Roast butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za'atar (V) If you want a vegetarian dish to make an impact on the Christmas table, this does the job – it looks great and has really complex flavours. Serves four. 1 large butternut squash (around 1.1kg), cut into 2cm x 6cm wedges 2 red onions, cut into 3cm wedges 50ml olive oil Maldon sea salt and black pepper 3½ tbsp tahini paste 1½ tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp water 1 small garlic clove, crushed 30g pine nuts 1 tbsp za'atar 1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley