Blood oranges add much-needed colour to drab grey days and are one of the few truly seasonal fruits. Blink and you'll miss them. Before they vanish for another year, try this colourful salad. If you can't find blood - or as some supermarkets coyly term them, blush oranges - use ordinary ones. If you're in a hurry, pre-cooked beetroot (not in vinegar) works fine.
This Italian seasonal recipe is like bubble and squeak and one of my favourite dishes. I make it with fresh potatoes and cabbage - I prefer Savoy - and leave them chunky rather than making a fritter. The secret to a full flavour is to sauté the potatoes and cabbage in plenty of olive oil and to leave them to turn really golden, almost burned. A non-stick frying pan is essential.
JCI's delicious vegetarian starter or side. If your sweet potatoes are too small to make 5x10cm rectangles, line up smaller rectangles and roll them together. Lay them on a piece of clingfilm to help. Once rolled, the cannelloni can be refrigerated, covered, overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.
At The Minnis, we use individual Kilner jars, placing 2 herring fillets curled around the inside with the shallot and a bay leaf in the middle of each jar. We then pour on the liquid and tighten the lid. This goes perfectly with a little horseradish cream and some lovely fresh bread.