Slow-cooker pork belly ramen

Preparing ramen usually involves boiling bones for many hours to create a rich stock, but this slow cooker version couldn’t make the Japanese favourite any easier. There’s no need to hang around and watch the stove, as the dish makes itself.

Sweet potato, chilli and lime soup with tortilla crisps

This soup has real Mexican kick thanks to the ancho chillies. Along with the soup as a starter, a great Mexican-themed lunch would be fish or chicken with adobe served with avocado, shredded cabbage and fresh tortillas.

Hokkaido soup curry

Hainanese cooks in Singapore and enterprising chefs from the Japanese island of Hokkaido have come up with unique riffs on the curry theme.

Cream of asparagus soup with parmesan croutons

Make the most of in-season produce: match veal with artichokes or whip up an easy, velvety asparagus soup.

French onion soup

This is a rarely cooked but classic dish that takes me back to my French training. This version owes more to Heston Blumenthal than tradition, though, with my own spin. It takes time, but not too much effort.

Blue-eye in a spicy broth with clams

Blue-eye in a spicy broth with clams Neil Perry. This one-pot wonder brings together the flavours of fish and clams in a delicious broth. Mussels and pipis also work well in this dish.

Maple roast ham hock and pea soup

Maple roast ham hock adds something special to old-favouite pea and ham soup.