No, we're not talking ready meals. These gourmet microwave dishes are the sort of thing that make Mr Wallace a very happy chappie

The judges won't know what's hit them and friends will gawp in amazement ... just keep everyone out of the kitchen so they don't hear the microwave ping!

Salty sweet potato crisps with a glass of fizz? Go on then ...

Microwave time: 5 mins

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With salad served in an edible parmesan basket

Microwave time: 5 minutes (including bacon and buttery lemon dressing)

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Edible cheese bowls with salad

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Risotto pronto! All the flavour without needing to sweat, stand or stir ...

Microwave time: 7 minutes

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Microwave risotto

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Followed by butternut spaghetti for the veggies ...

Microwave time: 12 minutes

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... or mouthwatering honey-bourbon ribs for carnivores

Microwave time: 15 minutes

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Everyone will want some almond and tahini quinoa (pronounced keen-wah btw)

Microwave time: 12 minutes

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Or howsabout fresh fish with vegetable ribbons and a spicy Thai dressing?

Microwave time: 3 minutes

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Which leads us nicely into dessert: in a mug! 

Microwave time: 4 minutes

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Or make everyone's favourite – the gooey chocolate pot

Microwave time: 2 minutes

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We love the look of these sticky mochi doughnuts 

Microwave time: 60 seconds 

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And why not finish with coffee and homemade truffles?

Microwave time: 2 minutes

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Before packing everyone off with a box of festive vanilla fudge ... success is sweet, my friends

Microwave time: 10 minutes

 

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What are your microwave magic recipes? We'd love to hear your smart tricks and tips in the comments below ...