Gluten-free Mint Chocolate Truffle Cake | The Spice Box Organics Challenge Part 4

 

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I thought I had outdone myself with my Pear Gingerbread Tart with Mace & Salted Caramel Sauce last week, but no, seems I had yet one more corker of a recipe up my sleeve for your Christmas table!  Read more

Turmeric, Ginger & Lentil Soup | DIY Flu Fighter 2

Turmeric Ginger Lentil

Autumn is here! Yeh, okay it’s still 24c and warm enough, but the very air is different! I can smell that smell in the mornings, you know? That dry, autumn leaf smell of forests. It’s definitely cooler in the mornings too. That means SOUP SEASON!

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Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu

 

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Tofu divides people, much like Marmite. For many it’s too bland, with that awful slimy texture.  For others, it’s a versatile ingredient that absorbs flavours well, and with a little ingenuity it can taste marvellous and full of texture. I didn’t really like tofu until my twenties but I LOVE the smell of chau dau fu, the deep fried, smelly, fermented bean curd.  There’s just something about that rancid, musty smell… mmmm!  

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Savoury Korean Pancakes

 

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So I made this just now for dinner. I’m pretty pleased with myself, because it tastes AMAZING. And it took less than 30 mins to put on the table. AND it’s (relatively) healthy (being gluten free but fried = same same). AND the kid gave it the thumbs up.  It’s crispy and crunchy, and YUMMERS.

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Grilled Miso Eggplant

 

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This is one of those great, no-brainer, side dishes that is so “derrishus”, you’ll ask why you didn’t try it earlier and serve it to your buddies as a nice little scene-stealer.

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Bacon, Chorizo & Baby Bak Choi Breakfast Hash

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Brunch. What a beautiful word.  To me it conjures up images of bacon, and friends, and laughing, and copious amounts of hot tea. Just like a Dove shampoo advert, where I’d come into a posh restaurant, about to meet my equally glamorous friends with lovely swishy, shiny hair. I love brunch. It’s also just another way to eat two meals in one go, right?! Yum.

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Roasted Cider Cauliflower

 

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I saw a similar recipe to this in Food 52, with whipped goat’s cheese dipping sauce, and it sounded divine. This dish is so simple but looks so pretty, and with the festive season upon us, this make a beautiful side addition to your Christmas table.  No need to floret the cauliflower. It’s the perfect lazy side dish. Read more