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NO BOTHER BISCUITS

April 24, 2018
One of the most appealing aromas for me is that of biscuits baking. It was often an enticing greeting when, as a child, I arrived home from school. But it is highly unlikely that this little welcome is still practised. Many homemakers are too busy.  But biscuit baking n...
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KID COOKS

April 16, 2018
Encouraging your kids to cook can be rewarding. Initially you may need to work alongside them giving little demonstrations of cutting techniques and measuring. However, allow them to enjoy working with food and eventually you could have your own personal chef on call —...
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MUSHROOMS MMM!

April 9, 2018
Although the first seasonal mushrooms are pushing up through the soil in the field next door I’m thinking dried mushrooms after enjoying some of the best fungi dishes ever — some with a mixture of fresh and dried mushrooms for awesome flavour. Most dried porcini mush...
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AUTUMN APPEALS

April 4, 2018
Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.Samuel Butler, English author. So let’s enjoy these seasonal treats: apples, nashi and eggplants plus pumpkin. Eggplant — commonly thought of as a vegetable — is actually a f...
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SMART STARTS

March 28, 2018
Last year my cousin was advised to lose weight. She could not understand why she had a problem as she never ate a thing before 10:30am. And that was her problem. If she’d had a substantial breakfast she wouldn’t have craved that large double chocolate muffin with her mid...
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EASTER ENJOYMENT

March 18, 2018
Easter is approaching — a time to share sweet eats with family and friends. Food stores are laden with chocolate eggs, rabbits and chickens this year and — judging from my last few supermarket visits — by the time Easter arrives I think many children will h...
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PIQUANT PETAL POWER

March 5, 2018
Flowers and herbs have been used for flavouring and medicinal purposes since the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks. The Romans flavoured wine with roses and violets, the Greeks developed a thyme and honey herbal remedy for soothing sore throats that is still used today. ...
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GETTING SAUCY

February 26, 2018
Sauces can turn otherwise plain-jane meals into scrumptious treats. For example, roast pork is great but even better with apple and/or mustard sauce; barbecued sausages are naturally best with tomato sauce; and one can make a meal of eggs with hollandaise. These convenient f...
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CURIOUS COMBOS

February 19, 2018
Chocolate and chilli is a classic combination dating back to the Mayans who spiced their drinking cocoa. Chocolate and chilli is the base of Mexican mole sauce for cooking meat and seafood. Now many chocolate manufacturers produce a chilli chocolate. But sweetcorn and raspbe...
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CELEBRATE CHINESE STYLE

February 12, 2018
Kung Hei Fat Choy. Happy New Year! For the Chinese, the New Lunar Year generally falls on the arrival of the second new moon after the start of the northern hemisphere winter — this year, on February 16. Traditionally celebrations continue for 15 days and 2018 heralds...
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