Fresh flavours, light recipes, outdoor eating and a celebration or two

in this month’s issue of FOOD

This month we’ve decided that the best place to be – perhaps the only place to be, in fact – is outdoors. So, whether you plan to enjoy a cute and crafty spread for St Patrick’s Day, set your sights on a pretty-as-a-picture Easter lunch featuring twists on old favourites or simply treat yourself – or indeed your mum – to a special breakfast, the recipes and ideas in this issue will allow you to do so in the open air.

Elsewhere, if you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to go the way of full-blown indulgence, skip to the fruity desserts feature. We’re also excited to introduce our new Essential Food section. With simple recipes that keep on giving (such as a salmon dish that forms the base of three meals and a snack), expert advice, quick ideas and time-saving tips, these pages are designed to help make everyday cooking more streamlined, less stressful and as delicious as possible.

Emily Shardlow-Price, editor

Pick up your copy in stores along with a free cookbook of our favourite recipes from the past year.