How to make a delicious three-course meal in 30 minutes

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'Plan your menu sensibly and you can prepare a course while the previous one is cooking,' says Hix - Matt Austin

I told you last month that putting together a brilliant three-course menu in 30 minutes is doable for home cooks, not just seasoned chefs. Here’s further proof in a trio of spring dishes that deliver crunch, comfort and (in a dessert that couldn’t be simpler) citrussy sweetness. Plan your menu sensibly and you can prepare a course while the previous one is cooking.

Successful entertaining is all about easy execution and smart presentation; if you can make things in advance (such as the orange syrup) or pull something out of the freezer (such as stock for the peppercorn sauce), all the better. Just add good bread and something delicious to drink. You’re all set.

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