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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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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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GIFTS WITH TASTE

November 27, 2017
Christmas is the season for giving and the personal touch makes all the difference. Gifts from your kitchen are always special. A day spent creating culinary treats can provide a dozen or more thoughtful surprises for lucky family members and friends. Well priced, attractive...
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LAZY LUNCHES

November 20, 2017
November is a great time to invite friends for a casual lunch. This doesn’t need to be a four-course affair. Just a simple main, or a hearty, healthy salad, followed by a sweet treat or two such as festive mince pies and Christmas cake. The more you can prepare the night ...
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BARBECUE BANGERS

November 14, 2017
Barbecues inspire conversation and debate like no other form of cooking. There are those who believe coals are the best cooking method, enhancing the flavour of all foods. Others enjoy the ease of gas arguing that it’s the alfresco cooking that adds the flavour not the smo...
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