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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
sweet potato gnocchi

sweet potato gnocchi

Sweet potato gnocchi are incredibly easy to make and take around half an hour to prepare (if you cook the sweet potato in a microwave). They are light and fluffy, and with the addition of rosemary in the mixture and also in the sauce,…

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April 8, 2018
date ball treats

peanut butter and date balls

It’s Easter Sunday and lots of us associate that with chocolate in various shapes: eggs, bunnies, bilbies. Although my favourite is a Lindt dark chocolate bunny, I have a passion for those little eggs that you hide in crazy places around the house for…

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April 1, 2018
roast vegetable tagine

roast vegetable tagine with harissa chickpeas

Roast vegetable tagine is the vegetarian version of beef casserole. It’s warm and hearty and just the thing you need when it’s cold outside, although it works perfectly well on a mild summer’s evening too. Serve it with couscous and a dollop of yoghurt…

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October 8, 2017