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Eric Akis: Fresh asparagus sauce provides colourful contrast to salmon

Eric Akis: Fresh asparagus sauce provides colourful contrast to salmon

Salmon and bright green asparagus have tastes that work well together
Sizzling, twice-spiced beef skewers add a twist to a Memorial Day barbecue

Sizzling, twice-spiced beef skewers add a twist to a Memorial Day barbecue

Based on the meaty skewers sold by street vendors in China, these twice-spiced beef skewers are served sizzling hot and richly flavored with cumin and chilies — a far more exciting Memorial Day dish than the usual hot dog or hamburger.
Eric Akis: Meatloaf morphs into a Tex Mex-style taco meal

Eric Akis: Meatloaf morphs into a Tex Mex-style taco meal

This Tex-Mex meatloaf is deliciously flavoured and topped like you would a beef taco, with a mix of spices, cheese and salsa.
Eric Akis: Chickpeas boost Greek salad to make it focus of meal

Eric Akis: Chickpeas boost Greek salad to make it focus of meal

Salad offers good nutrition, with vegetables and chickpeas providing fibre and a range of minerals and vitamins
Frozen peas and lemon add complexity to this weeknight-friendly risotto

Frozen peas and lemon add complexity to this weeknight-friendly risotto

Risotto has a fussy reputation, but it’s utterly weeknight-friendly and can be made start to finish in just over half an hour.
Eric Akis: Colourful seafood salad makes light spring lunch or dinner

Eric Akis: Colourful seafood salad makes light spring lunch or dinner

Lemon tarragon honey vinaigrette dressing adds a hint of sweetness to this main-course seafood salad.
Eric Akis: Rhubarb compote tops scones for elegant Mother's Day treat

Eric Akis: Rhubarb compote tops scones for elegant Mother's Day treat

Try these recipes for a special Mother’s Day tea: Golden scones, rich with butter and cream, that you can split and top with an easy-to-make rhubarb compote.
For mom this Mother's Day, why not make homemade jam? Just don't tell her how easy it is

For mom this Mother's Day, why not make homemade jam? Just don't tell her how easy it is

Mother’s Day always feels like a bit of a push-pull to me on many levels. Leaving the wide range of family dynamics aside (that’s another article, to be written by another writer!), the-stay-in-and-cook vs. going-out conundrum bubbles up every year.
These simple seared pork chops boast the flavors of porchetta without all the work

These simple seared pork chops boast the flavors of porchetta without all the work

Italian porchetta is a special dish of spit-roasted pork flavored with herbs, fennel and garlic. It’s delicious, but much too involved for a weeknight dinner.
Eric Akis: Tortellini with Italian-style soup makes a hearty meal

Eric Akis: Tortellini with Italian-style soup makes a hearty meal

Minced garlic, tomato paste and dried herbs add flavour to this spring soup.