Students are going back to college around now and I have some easy dinner recipes for the busy future graduates. You can use any pasta for the cheese spaghetti, personally I like penne. Also you can use whatever vegetables you have at hand. Sprouting broccoli is good in October and it has been a great year for courgettes. Kevin Ashley, our gardener, has had a fabulous year and people who come to the cookery school love the tour he gives. He is always experimenting and this year he grew several new varieties of garlic that I am enjoying.

Instead of parmesan you might try Coolea, which is a beautiful mature cheese made by Dick and Sinead Willems in Co Cork.