Heirloom tomatoes – tomatoes grown from heritage varieties of seed – are becoming easier to find – you’ll find them at Fallon and Byrne in Dublin and at specialist vegetable shops around the country. They look stunning on a tart, especially if you mix the colours. Use ordinary tomatoes if you can’t find them.

MAIN COURSES Penne with roast vegetables recipe

Make this when you have roast vegetables left over from the Sunday roast and you’ll have an impressive dish on the table with little or no work on a Monday.


An authentic Pad Thai recipe depends on the holy trinity of chillies, basil and fish sauce. This recipe uses beef but it is easy to adapt to make Chicken Pad Thai and Prawn Pad Thai


It’s hard to think of a rack of lamb as fast food but it can be cooked in under 30 minutes if you like it rare to medium. Serve it with warm flatbreads and a mint yogurt dressing (or pick up tzatziki in the local supermarket).

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