This spicy tofu with eggplant dish can be eaten as a main, or as part of a banquet.

This spicy black pepper tofu with eggplant dish can be eaten as a main, or as part of a banquet.

Ginger takes the cake in this sophisticated recipe.

Some spices work harder than others, sharing their charms across main course and dessert. Here, ginger takes the cake. Source young ginger for the cake and use a microplane so it& grated really finely.

Neil Perry's salt and pepper squid.

Neil Perry shares his fried squid with spiced salt recipe from Sydney's soon-to-open Jade Temple restaurant.

Cheddar-onion tart - Neil Perry

This cheddar-onion tart recipe from Neil Perry is a weekend lunch and midweek dinner solution.

Crowd pleaser: These koftas are bound to disappear quickly at a family meal or barbie.

Fancy something savoury? Be tempted by easy-to-prepare lamb kofta, accompanied by muhammara, an addictively spicy red pepper dip.

Squid ink pasta with scallops, chilli, tomato and garlic.

Dark pleasures await: your tastebuds will find the bright side in the delicate flavours of this squid-ink pasta dish. Using a "Nero" or black pasta, .

Tender loving care: Braised beef cheeks with baby carrots.

This recipe is a good excuse to fire up the oven and spend a chilly winter afternoon creating a tender masterpiece. Braised beef cheeks and wee baby carrots.

Fragrant poached chicken with spicy, nutty rice - Neil Perry

Add some yoghurt, tabbouleh, flat bread and dips to this simple chicken and rice dish and you have enough food for a family feast.

Hot, hot, hot! Corn fritters with jalapeno butter.

For fritters with a sting in the tail, try this chilli-lovers' recipe featuring jalapenos. They're great with mashed avocado, bacon and a poached egg for .

Yucatan-style grilled king prawns with avocado jalapeno salsa.

Yucatan grilled king prawns with avocado salsa - Make your next barbecue mouth-watering with this Mexican-style prawn-and-avocado-salsa dish.

Spanish chicken with fresh bay leaves - Neil Perry

Ward off 'hangry' outbursts with this speedy, sumptous Spanish chicken dish. Alternatively, this simple braise works well with duck or diced lamb - just add .