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10 of Our Most Popular Recipes of 2021 to Add to Your Repertoire

Our delectable Put on a Spread recipe series takes you inside the kitchens and dining rooms of some of our favourite home cooks. 2021 has seen some utterly delicious recipes served to us that we have loved to share these with our wonderful community who have responded with plenty of enthusiasm.

Whether you consider yourself to be an established home cook or you're a complete novice, our series has brought to the table some incredible and straightforward dishes that everyone can make and that will delight even the fussiest eater.

From mouthwatering vegetable dumplings to a seriously impressive strawberry shortcake, these are our most clicked recipes of the year.

10 Of Our Most Popular Recipes of 2021

1. Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Spinach, Haloumi and Feta Pie

Taking inspiration from a traditional Greek Spanakopita, Julia has created a spinach, haloumi, and feta pie fit for the gods. With handfuls of dill and parsley thrown in, it's deliciously herby and packs a flavourful punch. 

A buttery pastry that flakes off on your fork and the decadent ooze of the cheesy filling, makes it hard not to reach for a second slice. It's the perfect dish to serve for a relaxed weekend lunch or to bring along to a barbecue.

Create Julia's look with our Sage tablecloth, Olive placemats, and Sage napkins

2. Jessica Nguyen's Simple Vegetable Dumpling Recipe

While we might typically associate the tastiness of dumplings to get their rich flavour from with meat or seafood, these veggie dumplings absolutely deliver on taste. And not only that, but they look the part, too. 

A well-balanced filling with a variety of textures is seasoned to perfection with ginger, soy sauce and spring onions. Better yet, they’re incredibly easy to prepare and cook, and can be made ahead of time, frozen, and then cooked when needed. They are the perfect food to prepare for a busy work week ahead. 

Jessica's look with our Turmeric tablecloth, Lavender placemats, and White napkins

3. Lia Townsend's Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

A true crowd pleaser, it's not often you find someone who doesn't enjoy a nice slice of chocolate cake. The texture of this cake's sponge is light and fluffy and paired with a moreish chocolate icing that's hybrid between a silky frosting and a rich ganache - It's the best of both worlds. 

Recreate Lia's look with our Mineral tablecloth, Lavender placemats, and Oatmeal napkins.

4. Charlotte Ree's Comforting Carrot Cake Recipe

This delightfully simple cake that's perfumed with warming spices is incredibly moist and smothered in a velvety cream cheese icing. The pecans add a wonderful caramel toffee taste and great texture. It's the perfect morning tea cake or tantalising treat to take over to a loved one. 

Recreate Charlotte's look with our Petrol TableclothSage Napkins and Bitossi Home accessories

5. Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Fig, Pistachio and Honey Tart

With figs, pistachios, delicate shortcrust pastry, and a creamy filling this tasty tart feels decidedly sophisticated and is a treat for the eyes and the soul. 

Surprisingly this dessert's recipe only calls for two tablespoons of sugar, so it's a great recipe for those who don't like their desserts too sickly.

Recreate Julia's look with our Terracotta tablecloth, Pink Clay placemats, and Turmeric napkins

6. Katherine Sabbath's Strawberry Shortcake

Cake Queen Katherine Sabbath can do no wrong with her exquisite desserts, and this simple yet seriously impressive strawberry shortcake is no different. 

And while we're all for adventurous flavours, the classics is what we always come back to. Built with layers of plain cake, cream, and berries, this is one such classic that will never go out of style.

Recreate Katherine's look with our Pink Clay tablecloth, Terracotta & Rust scalloped placemats, and Lavender napkins

7. Sian Redgrave’s Baked Rigatoni With Broccoli and Zucchini Pesto and Pangrattato

Delicious and requires only one pan? We love to hear it. This Italian comfort-food classic is not only the solution to your weeknight dinner juggle, but will soothe your soul in the way that only carbs can. The broccoli and zucchini pesto add a deliciously fresh hit while the pangrattato adds the perfect amount of crunch.

Recreate Sian’'s look with our Olive Tablecloth, Sage Napkins and Bitossi Home accessories

8. Ashley Alexander's Broccolini, Roasted Almond & Lemon Spaghetti

We're all about deliciously rich and creamy pastas, but sometimes we want something just a bit more light and fresh in the warmer months. Enter this scrumptious baked rigatoni dish. 

Packed with fibre from an abundance of vegetables, freshness from herbs, crunch from roasted almonds, zest from lemon and creaminess from cheese, every mouthful is an explosion of different textures and flavours that all work in harmony.

Recreate Ashley's look with our Sage Tablecloth, Oatmeal Placemats and Olive Napkins.

9. Ellie Bouhadana’s Cavatelli With Green Sauce, Pangrattato and Burrata

It's easy to see why this recipe was so loved by our audience. Here, leeks are softened in melted butter, combined with vibrant vegetables and a splash of white wine to create a luxurious, silky sauce. Topped with pangrattato and burrata, for crunch and extra creaminess, we expect your loved ones will be asking you for this recipe.

Not only will it tempt you and your guests for seconds (or thirds), but will make your kitchen smell delicious too.

Recreate Ellie's look with our Olive TableclothSage & Olive Scalloped Placemats and Olive Napkins.

10. Anastasia Zolotarev's Pavlova With Crème Fraiche, Plums and Almond Flakes

There might be arguments about the origins of pavlova, but one thing we can all agree on is that this creamy dessert is delicious. Masterchef contestant Anastasia Zolotarev's festive rendition of the classic sweet is topped with crème fraiche, plums, and almond flakes, and we guarantee it will go down a treat. 

Recreate Anastasia's look with our Pink Clay tablecloth, Terracotta placemats, and Lavender napkins

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