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June 17, 2018
date walnut and oat cookies

I’ve started clearing out the cupboards in the house. Bookcases are the main focus because although I don’t hoard other kind of things, books are in a completely different category. There is a cupboard that acts as storage for all things cookbook, and houses three shelves of books, each shelf approximately one metre long. And the thing is, I rarely look at any of them.

The idea was to go through each book and if nothing between the covers sparked joy, then out it went. I started with the Delicious magazines. I cut and pasted the things that I was interested in and the leftover pages went in the recycling bin. Everyone of those recipes can be found on the internet but it’s just not the same. Next came the books that were dedicated to sweet things and it was there that I stumbled across a 24 page booklet that must have been great-grandma’s.

No publication details are included so I googled it. Our Best Cookie Recipes was published in 1962 essentially as an ad for the brand Swift & Co. Martha Logan was their home economist and apparently this booklet was put together to convince everyone that their flour, margarine and butter was better than anyone else’s. Once upon a time I would have kept this publication because it was old – it had history. But that attitude doesn’t cut it anymore. The question is: is it useful?  Continue Reading

chicken and spinach curry cooked in yoghurt

chicken and spinach curry

This is one of my all-time favourite chicken curry recipes. When I first started making this curry I used to fry the whole spices and grind them with a mortar and pestle. That was a hard task that I would often palm off onto…

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June 10, 2018
lemon pistachio semolina cake

lemon pistachio semolina cake

It’s the start of winter. The skies are clear and the air is crisp, until about 10am when it starts to warm up and you wonder why you thought wearing a cardigan was a good idea. Living in a subtropical climate comes into its…

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June 3, 2018
orange poppy seed muffins

orange poppy seed muffins

Orange poppy seed muffins are a revelation. They are light, fluffy and full of poppy seeds. A bit like an orange poppy seed syrup cake but without the syrup. They have the moistness of the cake, and to some extent the syrupy top, but…

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May 20, 2018
lasagne

beef lasagne

Beef lasagne is a staple in our house and that’s because everyone loves spaghetti bolognese. It is rich and creamy and full of comfort. It’s what you crave when you need a hug, or when the weather has turned a bit cool, or you have…

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May 13, 2018
zucchini and feta muffins

zucchini, capsicum and walnut muffins

I’ve never made savoury muffins before. Muffins have always been sweet – blueberry, raspberry and even chocolate (but that was a while ago). So when I first tried savoury muffins they were mind-altering. They looked like a sweet muffin, were the size of a…

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May 6, 2018
date and banana loaf

date and banana loaf

The weather is starting to change, which is a fabulous thing. We endure summer for an inordinate amount of time, so when the heat starts to dissipate, I get excited. Autumn means it still gets into the high 20s every day, but the difference…

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April 29, 2018
red kidney bean and eggplant curry

red kidney bean and eggplant curry

Red kidney bean curry reminds me of dahl, especially when you add fried cubes of eggplant. It’s creamy and full of flavour, and takes around half an hour to prepare. I opt to use tins of red kidney beans because that way you can…

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April 22, 2018
luscious lemon cake with cream cheese icing

lemon cake with cream cheese icing

Lemon cake! What could be more perfect when you want to make a simple cake that requires minimal effort but will come out tasting delicious. Topped with cream cheese icing, this cake is just the right amount of lemony. I haven’t been making cakes…

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April 15, 2018