A SEASON TO SAVOUR

January 15, 2018
Luscious fruits are the essence of summer. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums and melons are the basis for many traditional desserts. But they can also be fashioned into refreshing savoury salads especially those with Asian-inspired dressings containing lime juice, root gi...
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THE SUMMER ONES

January 6, 2018
Summertime and living should be easy. And one-pan meals are a key factor. Whole meals from the electric frypan, the wok and saucepan take the stress out of cooking as well as reducing the washing up. Electric frypans are often overlooked as an economical and convenient metho...
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NEW YEAR NEW START

January 5, 2018
I'll wait for a week into the New Year before I act on my resolutions. This allows me time to carry on enjoying seasonal festivities ahead of my planned and positive decisions for 2018. I’m not going to go on a diet as such but I’m going to enjoy more fruit and veggies f...
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COOL SOLUTIONS

December 27, 2017
Hurray, it’s time for simple summer food. Healthy salad vegetables are plentiful and a selection of greens, tomatoes, cold meats, stuffed eggs, cheeses or marinated fish are perfect for hot humid days — as well as for the cook. Just add some pickles and a dressing fo...
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A TRUE TASTE OF SUMMER

December 20, 2017
Two new additions to the Selaks Taste Collection range — luscious Pinot Gris and Berries & Cream Rosé — are just ripe for summer. The wines have been carefully crafted and will complement many a seasonal dish. Once again, the label designs are standouts....
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LOQUAT CHUTNEY

December 20, 2017
LOQUAT CHUTNEY Wear rubber gloves while preparing the loquats to prevent your hands from being stained. 1kg loquats, stoned and chopped1 large onion, diced2 medium apples, cored and grated1 tablespoon each: mustard seeds, curry powder, salt, prepared mustard, molasses1 1/2 ...
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MERRY MEAT TREATS

December 18, 2017
We’re having chicken for Christmas dinner. I have a shallow roasting pan large enough to cook three chickens side-by-side which together take considerably less cooking than a turkey. And by the time I’ve dressed them with fresh cranberry sauce, a pistachio stuffing and p...
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DIVINE FESTIVE DELIGHTS

December 11, 2017
Sweet delights bring a happy, satisfying ending to a festive dinner. And they can be prepared ahead. I admit to enjoying conjuring up festive desserts rather more than eating them. My desire for over-the-top Christmas dinners has diminished over the years. And after serving ...
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CELEBRATION SIDES

December 4, 2017
Christmas dinners require extras that all your family and friends will enjoy. Accompaniments are important. Think potatoes, beans, peas and tomatoes plus salads and sauces. Peas are a tradition that will never die in our household. Except — not as in earlier years when...
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MICROWAVE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

November 30, 2017
1/2 cup flour1 tablespoon powdered cocoa1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice1 cup fresh breadcrumbs1/3 cup brown sugar2 1/2 cups dried fruit mixl00g shredded suet1 tablespoon marmalade1 large egg, lightly beaten1 tablespoon treacle2 1/2 tablespoons milk1 1/2 tablespoons port Sift the...
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