Roast chicken with dates, olives and capers: The Silver Palate, by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, is one of the best cookbooks I know and a classic of the 1980s, listing recipes from the first modern quality take-out food shop in New York. Many of the dishes in the book have become legendary. One of them, Chicken Marbella, is the inspiration for this recipe. The chicken needs marinading for at least a day, preferably two, to soften and flavour properly; I wouldn’t cut corners here.

Roast chicken with dates, olives and capers

Roast chicken with dates, olives and capers: The Silver Palate, by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, is one of the best cookbooks I know and a classic of the 1980s, listing recipes from the first modern quality take-out food shop in New York. Many of the dishes in the book have become legendary. One of them, Chicken Marbella, is the inspiration for this recipe. The chicken needs marinading for at least a day, preferably two, to soften and flavour properly; I wouldn’t cut corners here.

Oregano and sage roast chicken legs with tomato, herb and feta bread salad

Oregano and sage roast chicken legs with tomato, herb and feta bread salad

Meet your new go-to chicken salad – full of fresh herbs, garlic sourdough croutons, feta and olives.

Harissa-spiced chicken legs roasted with lemons, tomatoes and celery - The only thing this dish needs is a serving of giant couscous and perhaps a herb-rich leafy salad

Harissa-spiced chicken legs roasted with lemons, tomatoes and celery - The only thing this dish needs is a serving of giant couscous and perhaps a herb-rich leafy salad

Spiced roast lamb - BBC Good Food - An Indian-inspired yogurt marinade with cumin, turmeric, chilli and fennel works beautifully with a joint of succulent meat

Spiced roast lamb

Spiced roast lamb - BBC Good Food - An Indian-inspired yogurt marinade with cumin, turmeric, chilli and fennel works beautifully with a joint of succulent meat

Our crunchy garlic chicken is beautifully crispy, tender and delicious; the same technique can be used with pork, cod and more for a warm golden finish.

Crunchy garlic chicken

Our crunchy garlic chicken is beautifully crispy, tender and delicious; the same technique can be used with pork, cod and more for a warm golden finish.

Mary's pavlova is topped with pretty berries, but most fruits work well so feel free to use what's in season. It's a great dessert for Christmas because it can be made well ahead.

Christmas pavlova

Mary's pavlova is topped with pretty berries, but most fruits work well so feel free to use what's in season. It's a great dessert for Christmas because it can be made well ahead.

7 sprigs or rosemary125ml extra virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, peeled500g small round golden shallots50g sugar100ml sherry vinegar500ml chicken stock1.2kg boneless shoulder of lambCoarse sea salt6 salted anchovy fillets in oil, chopped30g salted butter2 x 400g cans of cooked butter beans, drained and rinsed

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

7 sprigs or rosemary125ml extra virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, peeled500g small round golden shallots50g sugar100ml sherry vinegar500ml chicken stock1.2kg boneless shoulder of lambCoarse sea salt6 salted anchovy fillets in oil, chopped30g salted butter2 x 400g cans of cooked butter beans, drained and rinsed

This easy Greek recipe with potatoes, olives and feta can be made in one pot - use skin-on thighs for the most succulent roast chicken

Greek-style roast chicken

This easy Greek recipe with potatoes, olives and feta can be made in one pot - use skin-on thighs for the most succulent roast chicken

Try something new for your Sunday lunch – Debbie Major's recipe combines succulent roast lamb with a herby pesto marinade, it's homely enough for weekends but will impress dinner part guests too.

Roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic pesto

Try something new for your Sunday lunch – Debbie Major's recipe combines succulent roast lamb with a herby pesto marinade, it's homely enough for weekends but will impress dinner part guests too.

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