Miso braised shiitake mushrooms

This makes a great topping for tamago donburi or an accompaniment for pretty much any sort of Japanese food. It’s a bit heavy on the obscure ingredients, so I’ve suggested a few commonplace alternatives at the end of the recipe, but it’s worth seeking out the proper stuff. The actual cooking part is super easy.

Butternut toad in the hole

Who said toad in the hole has to have sausages? You could use almost anything, as long as you have that crispy Yorkshire pudding enveloping a solid, hearty filling – this roasted vegetable recipe, for example, with a load of batter poured over it would be ideal. Here’s a sweet, colourful, slightly lighter alternative.