Eggs Benedict Strata (6-8)

Everybody loves Eggs Benedict, but lets face it making the Hollandaise Sauce can be a bit of a faff especially when you are hungover and hungry. This recipe is a riff on the traditional version from ” Notes from a Small Kitchen Island” by Debora Robertson. This savoury bread and butter pudding is even better if prepared the day before and then cooked the following day. If you like you can add some halved cherry tomatoes to the mixture and/ or serve rashers of crisp bacon and sizzling sausages alongside. And of course Bloody Mary’s to accompany – or Virgin Mary’s if preferred.

Tuna and Bean Salad (4)

Many Mediterranean countries have a version of this salad which is ideal for the hot summer months. This version, known as Tonno e Fagioli, is from Sardinia . I found it in ” Gino’s Italian Escapes” by Gino D’Acampo. Serve with crusty bread.

Courgette and Smoked Cheese Frittata (4-6)

I already have a few recipes for courgette frittata on my site but could not resist trying this one from Thomasina Miers. The courgettes are roasted in the oven first, and the smoked cheese works really well, giving an almost meaty flavour. You can buy Scamorza ( smoked Mozzarella) in most Italian delicatessens and some larger supermarkets, but if you cant find this then use ordinary mozzarella.