Coq au vin: chicken thighs slow-cooked in a red wine and bacon sauce, thickened with mushrooms, more red wine and some ground tomato if needed

Coq au vin (sort of)

Coq au vin is one of those dishes that is designed for a long, slow cook. And even if you don’t have a rooster (the cockerel part of coq au vin), chicken thighs make a good base, as does a whole chicken chopped into pieces that fit your pot. We’ve adapted this dish, as does everyone, to cope with the ingredients and the equipment we have.

Dry chicken masala

Dry chicken masala

This dry chicken curry uses chicken masala powder as one of the main flavours, and the whole thing has been enjoyed by everyone: from aged grandma to the gung ho I like it spicy teenager. With some rice, or pilaf, the leftovers are the basis for school lunches.

Chicken soup, ready to serve in an hour

Sunday soup: chicken soup in an hour

This light but tasty chicken soup boasts a decent chicken flavour supported by lemon thyme and a touch of chilli. It’s the ideal soup for feeding to your family when they have a bad head cold. It’s also great for those really hot nights: somehow chilli and stifling heat go together, or maybe we’re just a family that loves its chilli.

Seven tasty salads for summer

Marked: salads and beginnings

One thing about being in the southern hemisphere is that those talented northerners keep posting delicious summer dishes when there’s snow on the hills around us. It’s tantalising: I love salads, but I know I’ll never find these brilliant suggestions again once summer comes back to us, so I’ve marked them here, along with some interesting new writers from our much-loved WordPress community (there are a couple of stories the children might enjoy).

Summer chicken and leek stew

Summer chicken and leek stew

This combination of chicken and leek surprises the first time you make it. The ingredients look like they don’t add up to much, but the flavour of the final is deliciously delicate, and it doesn’t take too long to make. I always think of it as an ideal summer meal: for those evenings when you want…

Chicken and sweetcorn soup

Sunday soup: Chicken and sweet corn

Our boy loved chicken and sweetcorn soup from the first spoonful he ever had as a three-year old in the local Chinese restaurant. It’s firmly entrenched as a must-have when we go out, and it’s now a treat when we stay home. It’s a treat that tastes great and is so easy to make.

Rolled pan-seared chicken breast

Rolled and pan-seared chicken breast

These delicious little rolls of stuffed chicken are one of those bonus dishes: they look impressive on the plate, but they are so easy and quick to make. You can stuff the rolls with anything you have in your garden, fridge or pantry. Baby spinach, soft cheese and walnuts are the stars in this version.