10 delicious recipes to whip up now it's spring

The nights are growing brighter and tulips are slowly emerging from their frosty bulbs. It’s official: spring has arrived.

The Beast from the East may have left us in permanent hibernation but it’s not long until we’ll be able to bask in the sunlight with a cold bevvy to hand. Ahh, we’re picturing it now…

And what better way to welcome the new season than with a round-up of the most delicious spring recipes on offer?

Whether you can’t wait to butter up some sticky hot cross buns or are on the lookout for a fresh and zesty salad, these are the dishes to whip up in the coming weeks.

Get on the phone to your pals and get ready to welcome the warm weather over some great home-cooked food.

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With the sun soon to burst through the clouds on a morning, it’s time to up your brekkie game. Bid farewell to porridge and say hello to a fresh smoothie bowl. Guaranteed to set you on the right track for the day, this cherry smoothie recipe will certainly put a smile on your face. Check out the recipe. [Photo: Show Me The Yummy]

1 cup dark sweet frozen cherries
1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
2 – 4 tablespoons pomegranate

1 cup dark sweet frozen cherries
1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt
2 – 4 tablespoons pomegranate

Who better to seek inspiration from this spring than Rick Stein? If you’re looking for a quick and easy dish to whip up after work then look no further than his go-to crab linguine. Why not try out the recipe this week? [Photo: Delicious Magazine]

400g dried linguine or spaghetti
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, skinned (see tip), deseeded and finely chopped
300g fresh white crabmeat (see our how-to video below)
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1½ tbsp lemon juice
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch dried chilli flakes
1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Now we can’t forget about dessert, can we? Over on blog, Frugal Feeding, lemon drizzle cake is a sure-fire hit because you can’t go wrong with an old classic. Whether your pals are popping in or your nan is after a cup of tea, nobody will be able to resist a great big slice. Try the recipe. [Photo: Frugal Feeding]
4 large eggs
Butter, caster sugar and self-raising flour in equal measure – weigh the eggs in order to get exact amounts
The zest of 2 lemons
3 tbsp ground almonds
The juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp icing sugar
A little water

Look to Nigella for advice on serving up lamb this Easter. Instead of the traditional roast, why not try out lamb patties with houmous and pitta? These Middle-Eastern treats are easy to whip up and will work wonders for future garden parties. Take a look at the recipe. [Photo: Nigella]

50 grams bulgar wheat
500 grams minced lamb
4 teaspoons dried mint (or to taste)
4 teaspoons dried oregano (or to taste)
1 clove garlic
zest of 1 lemon
olive oil for frying
approx. 8 pitta breads
1 little gem lettuce (shredded)
1 bunch fresh mint (chopped)
1 red onion (halved and sliced very thinly)
300 grams hummus
300 grams greek yoghurt
approx. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tomatoes
2 lemons