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WHEN TV AND SOFA ARE CALLINGÉ

Chocolate, cardamom and caramel tear-apart bread
RECIPES AND FOOD STYLING REBECCA WOOLLARD PHOTOGRAPHS KATE WHITAKER STYLING DAVINA PERKINS

Cheer-up february.

Beef fillet and madeira béarnaise open sandwiches

Once the heady days of the grand Valentine’s gesture are over and you settle into a more comfortable routine, you may start to think there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up on the sofa, sharing a plate of good food and a bottle of wine and watching something engrossing on TV.

These recipes are perfect for those occasions, when you want to do more than just open a bag of popcorn but still need something that can be eaten with your fingers. And you can scale up the recipes if you’re having a group sofa-fest.

What you watch is up to you, of course, but we’ve included some of our favourites in case you need some ideas. REBECCA WOOLLARD, FOOD EDITOR

SUSY ATKINS’ WINE PICKS

A bottle of cool pale ale rocks with the chips, though a bright, fresh Chilean sauvignon blanc would do too. The rich beef fillet needs a soft, silky red, perhaps a beaujolais (see p69) or pinot noir. Spanish albarino – refreshing and elegant – is the white that wins with the crab croquetas, and for both the sweet dishes chill a sweet, golden moscatel de valencia.

Crispy chips with chilli salsa and cheese

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February’s chill needs warming delicious. cheer: you'll find it in month’s feature-packed issue: American pancakes 3-ways; definitive Sunday roasts (lamb & chicken); cooking with clams; recipes with citrus zing; the best TV chill-out snacks; 3-in-1 beef stew; wholesome baking with Jordan Bourke; Chetna Makan’s feelgood brunch; the power of pulses; lighter comfort food; queen of puddings; DIY English muffins; Som Saa's Thai curry and much, much more… What are you waiting for?