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rocket and wild rice salad with a zingy lemon and garlic dressing

summer is here, and I’m really into salads…..And with the warmer weather, I’ve been trying to introduce my boys to some, interesting and tasty vegetarian meals……..And healthy salads, full of seeds, nuts and grains are …

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kale and cannellini bean salad with tahini dressing

I’m kind of on a health kick………I say kind of because with christmas only a week away, the days seem to be full of chocolates, cakes and glasses of chilled champagne.  All the good things …

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oven roasted tangy mustard chicken breast

Boneless chicken breast…..its tasty, lean and protein packed….a great choice of meat.  I have baked chicken breast in the oven many times before, and even with very careful timing, the meat can turn out a …

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caprice salad sticks

This simple, but incredibly delicious salad is one of the easiest dishes to throw together.  It’s light and it’s healthy, and it’s made with three key ingredients with flavours that complement each other perfectly. Originally …

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choc chip cookies

We all love freshly baked cookies, especially when they are thick and chewy and very chocolately on the insides.  And this Mocha choc chip cookie recipe is one the best Ive tried.  It comes from …

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whole roast cauliflower

Roasting cauliflower brings out a delicious nuttiness to what otherwise is a fairly bland vegetable. And preparing it as a crisp and aromatic whole head makes it a real centrepiece for your dinner table.  This …

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balsamic butternut kale and cranberry Panzanella

Traditionally, panzenella is a Tuscan, summertime salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers and home made croutons.  A lovely way to use up stale, left over bread.  But the other day we had an interesting salad at …

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orange and almond syrup cake

Don’t you just love eating almonds, raw or roasted, and its great to know that these nuts are actually quite good for us.  The healthy fat in almonds has been proven to reduce LDL or …

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double chocolate choc chip banana cake

My two all time favourite ingredients when it comes to baking cakes are chocolate and bananas, especially when the bananas are sweet and over ripe.  This decadent recipe is from www.smittenkitchen.com and I love the way …

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pastitsio

This is my version of Pastitsio, its like a Greek lasagna…….. layers of cheesy pasta with rich and spicy minced beef topped with a bechamel sauce.  I don’t really make this very often, as it …

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Peruvian style roasted chicken with lentil rice

Peruvian food is a wonderful example of fusion cuisine, with influences from the Inca and other cuisines brought to Peru from Europe, West Africa and Asia.  Although I have never been to Peru, I am …

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granny’s apple slice

This delicious slice is for those that believe the best recipes are found in their grandmothers hand written recipe books….while googling for something new to bake, I found this little beauty…….”granny’s apple slice” ready to …

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cauliflower soup

This is a fuss free dish, it’s quick and very easy to prepare. Although there are very few ingredients, the flavour of this soup is lovely and is really enhanced with a generous sprinkling of …

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pumpkin, spinach and ricotta pie

This crustless pie is a lovely recipe to have in your repertoire .  Its a real crowd pleaser…… delicious eaten  hot or at room temperature and being easy to transport makes the perfect addition to …

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little fruit tea cakes

Today, I wanted to make something easy for the boys to eat when they came home from school.  So I looked through a Donnah Hay recipe book and decided on making some little tea cakes. …

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