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Pasta Primavera Version 2.0

Pasta Primavera – a celebration of spring, spring veggies, and most importantly, carbohydrates! Pasta Primavera means Spring Pasta in Italian, and traditionally comprises of a selection of seasonal spring vegetables doused in cream and dressed over spaghetti. But that’s just so retro! The cream sauce doesn’t do it for me on a fresh spring day… Read more »

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Fresh Homemade Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce

Fresh homemade pasta is a lot easier to make than I originally thought! I’d always been a bit scared of taking on handmade pasta, but when I received a pasta machine for my birthday, the task suddenly seemed much more manageable. Not to say that you couldn’t tackle homemade pasta without a machine, in fact,… Read more »

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Spinach and Mushroom Pasta with Lemon Zest

This spinach and mushroom pasta is what I’m bound to be eating on a Friday night at home if I’m not out for dinner or ordering takeout. However it also makes an indulgent midweek vegetarian feast when you’re short on time. It’s ridiculously yum – like lipsmackingly so – and has a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel… Read more »

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Mediterranean Stuffed Butternut

Mediterranean stuffed butternut is the perfect feast for iffy in-between weather! It’s comforting enough for a satisfying dinner on a chilly night, but still light enough for a balmy supper. Although its vegetarian, you won’t miss meat. Lentils coated in a savoury herbed tomato sauce make it deliciously lip-smacking, while parmesan and feta add extra… Read more »

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Pickled Onions – Homemade

There’s something about pickled onions that men in particular just can’t get enough of. Maybe because when paired with a strong mature cheddar and a good beer, they turn into something so deliciously spectacular. So skip the socks, boxers, and biltong this year, and make these super tasty pickled onions for dad this Fathers Day… Read more »

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Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips in 7 Steps

Crispy baked sweet potato chips aren’t that easy to achieve. Crispy being the operative word! Sweet potatoes have a much higher water content than white potatoes which makes them a lot harder to get crisp. But with a little time and patience, the elusive crispy baked sweet potato chip can be yours. I love these… Read more »

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Baked Brie En Croute and Bellinis

Baked brie en croute is simply a chunk of cheese baked in puff pastry – such a simple pleasure! However, serve it with cranberry puree, sliced apple, crushed almonds, throw in an impromptu bellini, and you have something quite sophisticated and spectacular that can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes – perfect for… Read more »

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Curried Butternut Soup with Chickpea Croutons

Curried butternut soup is possibly the only good thing about winter! In fact, soup in general just makes the cold a whole lot easier to swallow doesn’t it? But there’s something about butternut soup specifically that’s particularly soothing to me. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that it was my mom’s… Read more »

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Irish Nachos with Guinness Onions

Irish nachos are really just nachos with potatoes instead of tortilla chips – any excuse for more comforting carbs right?! I added a couple of extra twists with caramelised Guinness onions and fresh corn salsa. Plus I opted for sweet potato since we devoured this during the week, and I prefer to keep indulgences for… Read more »

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Kale Chips – The Crispiest, Crunchiest Kind!

Kale chips are made all the better with the use of a hair dryer – no joke. The secret to crispy, crunchy kale chips is to blow dry your kale! Hilarious, I know, but blow drying your kale on the lowest heat and strength after rinsing it ensures that its as close to bone dry… Read more »