Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

March 25, 2017
Sweet potato and chickpea curry

I really like the idea of sweet potato and chickpea curry: all the curry flavours without the heaviness of meat. Sometimes vegetables are all you want. But here’s the thing. I find using just sweet potatoes and chickpeas a bit boring. I need a little more variety. So although the two main ingredients name this curry, it actually contains pumpkin, zucchini and spinach too, ensuring you meet your daily quota of vegetables. Continue Reading

easy chocolate cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

This is an incredibly easy chocolate cake to make. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix for five minutes, bake for 45 and you’re done. No faffing about with creaming butter and sugar and slowly adding eggs. This is like making a cake…

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March 22, 2017
white bean chicken chilli soup

White Bean Chicken Chilli Soup

Let’s be real. Cooking dinner every night can be a burden. It’s not that you particularly dislike doing it, it’s that more often than not, you’re the one doing it and tonight you just aren’t feeling it. So, what are the options? There’s take-away.…

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March 18, 2017
coconut bread

Coconut Bread

There was a time when muffins were the staple breakfast on a Sunday morning. There wasn’t much variety. Basically raspberry, blueberry or chocolate, and that was because they were firm favourites that didn’t need replacing no matter how good the alternatives looked. I fraternised with…

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March 15, 2017

Chickpea Burgers

Chickpea burgers are a refreshing take on dinner on a bread roll. I use the one hamburger recipe, which is a Jamie Oliver classic, and have never really thought about alternatives. But when something interesting comes your way, you really do need to step…

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March 11, 2017
Upside-down plum cake

Upside-Down Plum Cake

It’s nearing the end of stone fruit season, which is good and bad. On the one hand it means autumn is coming and that makes me very happy. On the other, there won’t be any peaches, nectarines or plums at the fruit shop for…

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March 9, 2017
chicken wonton soup

Chicken Wonton Soup

Chicken wonton soup is a special dish.  It’s not the clear, aromatic broth, nor the flavoursome wontons that make it special. It’s the fact that we can only make it on very rare occasions because some people don’t like it, which means this soup is relegated to those times…

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March 4, 2017
Reading February 17

Reading…February 2017

Reading during February consisted of just two books. That’s unusual. I am generally a prolific reader, but this month it just hasn’t happened. I think it’s the books I chose. I enjoyed both, but neither made me sit there, or want to sit there, and keep…

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March 2, 2017

Quinoa Salad

I’ve complained about the weather too much of late, but one of the benefits of having an extended summer is you get to eat salad for quite a considerable part of the year. This quinoa salad makes a perfect lunch (or dinner if it’s too hot…

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February 25, 2017
raspberry pear cake

Raspberry Pear Cake

What better way to enjoy the humble pear than in this delicious cake. The combination of pears, raspberries and almond meal makes a sweet but sour cake with nutty undertones. Served warm with a little whipped cream on the side, it makes a great dessert or…

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February 22, 2017