I'd originally planned to make Donna Hay's lemon-steamed chicken salad this evening from her new entertaining book. But a salmon salad made it onto the table at lunchtime and by late afternoon the wind had picked up and rain was ricocheting off the lean-to, so I changed tact feeling that something warmer might be in order.

Keen to retain the lemony chicken theme, I found this recipe for Chinese lemon chicken online. The combination of lightly crunchy chicken, generously coated in a sticky sauce and topped with chopped spring onions and sesame seeds made for a gratifying supper.

Satisfyingly easy to make, this Chinese lemon chicken was a quick winner, but when my son asked "can we have this one again, mummy?" I knew that Karina from the Cafe Delites website had gifted me a champion recipe.