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It’s that time of year when friends and relatives descend on your household with little notice. So, get prepared with these great make-ahead recipes and you won’t be caught off guard

These recipes are taken from the book The Dinner Ladies: Fill Your Fridge And Freezer by Australian mums Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine Westwood, who met at the school gates nearly 10 years ago, and set up a food business, making and delivering home-cooked meals. Accessible, inspiring and easy, the recipes in the book are divided into chapters, including ‘Thinner Dinners’, ‘Cosy Kitchen Suppers’, ‘Spice and Fire’, and ‘Crowd-pleasers’.

The pair’s influences come from ‘all over the world, great chefs and street food, plus home-cooking learned from our mothers. What matters to us is that food is honest, nourishing and full of flavour.’

The Dinner Ladies’ solution to the challenge of feeding a crowd is to cook food that can be prepared ahead. With advice on storing and defrosting, the book is packed full of dinners, such as curries and tagines that can be kept in the fridge or freezer and reheated, as well as other dishes, such as pies and lasagnes, that are assembled, but need a final cook straight from the freezer. So prepare a few dishes ahead of time and you’ll be ready to wow any crowd that visits over the festive season.

SWEET POTATO, KALE AND CHICKPEA CURRY

The whole recipe can be made in advance. It will keep in a covered container in the fridge for three days, or in the freezer for up to three months. If you prefer, you can leave out the kale and add it to cook when you reheat the dish, to keep it as green and bright as possible.

SERVES 4

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