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December 2016

Fruit mince pies

Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas is around the corner, which means it’s time to make fruit mince pies. They are my major concession to Christmas, baked every year regardless of weather considerations. As for the rest of the Christmas feast, it really does depend whether the forecast is 36…

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December 21, 2016
Lamb koftas

Lamb Koftas, Tabouleh, Baba Ganoush and Hummus

This is a  feast that takes about an hour to prepare but it is well worth the effort. It’s perfect for when you want nibbly kind of food, rather than something heavy. You can take a sample of each of the offerings, or buy some…

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December 17, 2016
Auntie Mary biscuits

Auntie Mary Biscuits

The problem with recipes that are handed down from generation to generation can often be the name. Auntie Mary Biscuits are a case in point.  Auntie Mary wasn’t really an auntie to any immediate member of the family. She was in fact the sister of the…

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December 14, 2016
Greek yoghurt pancakes

Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast staple. The weekend special treat when you have time to sit down and eat without thinking about rushing out the door. We have always used a traditional pancake batter made with flour, milk and eggs (Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup), until…

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December 10, 2016


Deciding what to read next each time I finish a book is quite random. In fact it tends to be luck of the draw. The book that grabs your eye on the library shelf; the one that you’ve read a review of and know…

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December 7, 2016
kipfler potato, lentil and feta salad

Kipfler potato, lentil and feta salad

Potato salad comes in all shapes and sizes. Back in the day I made a classic potato salad: steamed potatoes, and gently fried sliced mushrooms, red onion and garlic. If you were luck you’d get some crunchy bacon bits thrown in too. The dressing was mayonnaise with…

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December 3, 2016