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It’s the Jewish season of Purim, a holiday that commemorates a time when Jewish people living in Persia were saved from execution.  Purim is a time for dressing up and gifting food.  And traditionally, Jewish …

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bean corn and coriander salad

About a year ago, we ordered “asian inspired bean salad” at the Eden garden centre restaurant.  The dish arrived……an amazing salad of legumes and vegetables, spiced with fresh coriander, cumin and a hint of fresh …

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chocolate fruit cake for christmas

I just love this time of year…..I love the sparkle, the festivities, the merriment of christmas and the laziness that closes out the year.  And some time during the first week of each December, I …

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fluffy and moist chocolate cake

What better time than a birthday for fluffy moist chocolate cake covered with dark chocolate ganache and decorated with white choc curls.  well that is what we had for the boys 17th. The cake recipe …

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sticky cherry and orange cake

Sydney spring time and the first box of cherries sells at auction to raise money for charity. This year as cherry season approaches, the first box of cherries sold for $65,000.  And I know many …

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crumbly olive oil, pear and rosemary cake

I haven’t posted anything for quite a while.  Its not that I haven’t been busy in my kitchen, its just that I seem to be making the same dishes over and over again.  Nothing exciting …

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Effie’s moussaka

Ive been reading a novel by Spiri Tsintziras called “Afternoons in ITHAKA”. The pages are filled with stories of culinary and creative journeys.  Journeys that explore family, food and memories, and how these make us …

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Blueberry muffins

It’s a really cold and wet Sunday morning, and nobody wants to get out of bed.  There’s talk of freshly brewed coffee and pastries at one of the local cafes.  But its cold and the …

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One pot chicken and Israeli couscous

Ive been making this dish for so many years, that try as I might,  I really cannot remember where the recipe comes from.  The only thing I am certain of is that it is alway …

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tagine of chickpeas

I am by no means a vegetarian, but I’m always on the look out for meatless meals that are quick to prepare and protein packed.  ………………And legumes always seem to hit that mark. tasty pot …

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Rhubarb and Apple Crumble

Now I have always thought of rhubarb as an old worldly vegetable, something to avoid, that stands side by side with caster oil.  Something  awful that orphans were forced to eat while they sat at …

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the football is finished

The past month or so has made for an exciting albeit sleep deprived time at my house. The football world cup has just been played out on television screens across the world and families across …

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uluru and kata tjuta

I recently spent a few days in the Australian outback with my family.  A quick trip to the red centre to see Uluru and 36 heads of the majestic Kata Tjuta.  Iconic Uluru at dawn …

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pasta with tomatoes, herbs and buffalo mozzarella

For most of us wanna-be super human domestic goddess mums, the most enjoyable part of a visit to the doctor’s surgery isn’t getting the cure for our ailments.  It’s the opportunity to catch up on …

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Pavaroti meatballs

The boys are nearing the end of their mid year exams.   They have been studying so hard and doing their very best to minimise time  spent in the digital world of computer games.  I …

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