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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Pancakes might actually be better by adding roasted sweet potato or pumpkin. They’re sort of perfect, texturally. These Sweet Potato Pancakes are warm and cinnamony, and if you wanted to add ground ginger and nutmeg to give them the full gingerbread treatment, that works very, very well too. I always make a double batch of pancakes and just keep
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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Best Hot Cross Buns ever. Slightly non-traditional, these Hot Cross Buns have a deliciously spiced brioche style bun with vanilla soaked raisins, dried sour-cherries, cinnamon glaze & icing. I think we should eat Hot Cross Buns throughout the year. We can get rid of the crosses altogether and just called them spiced buns if you want. My
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Pumpkin Muffins

Orange and Pumpkin Muffins

For some reason I’ve ended up with an excess of pumpkin and sweet potato. I ordered them online and only saw how bloody huge they were when they arrived. My kids don’t even like pumpkin. Never mind. So far I’ve roasted the pumpkin and worked it into a Pumpkin & Tomato soup, Pumpkin Pancakes, Roast Pumpkin
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Avalon Art Carnival Window Drawing Prep

This is usually a space for food but today it’s a space for art. Starting this week, as part of the Avalon Art Carnival, I’m going to be grabbing my Posca Pens and drawing on the windows of Haven & Sarah Flower Shop. The Avalon Art Carnival is a group Public Art Project running in
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Warm Winter Salad - Poached Chicken, Roasted Pumpkin, Quinoa, Blistered Green Beans, Fetta & Basii.

Warm Winter Salad – Poached Chicken, Roasted Pumpkin, Quinoa

Warm Winter Salad with Poached Chicken, Roasted Pumpkin, Quinoa, Blistered Green Beans, Hazelnuts, Fetta & Basil. A beautiful warming dish for winter – this is healthy comfort food, one of those meals where you can feel it doing you good. I can’t tell you how good this is. Every mouthful.  All the flavours work so well together
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Dahl with Fresh Spinach and Haloumi

Dahl with Fresh Spinach and Haloumi

  Dahl has to be one of the great comfort foods. Warm, soft & spicy. Extra comfort that lentils are really good for you and inexpensive. Bonus. This dahl recipe is delicious, healthy, comforting and simple. Essentially you’re toasting spices, garlic & onion, adding lentils, tomato paste and water, leaving it to simmer, and walking away for
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Vegetable Tomato Pasta Sauce

Vegetable Tomato Pasta Sauce

Vegetable Tomato Pasta Sauce – this is a great basic pasta sauce recipe – fresh, healthy and very tasty. You can use this tossed through pasta, in lasagne, even add extra stock and serve it as soup. The easiest way to get a heap of veggies into little tummies without drama, or them even noticing for that matter.
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Tiny Vanilla Cupcakes

Tiny Vanilla Cupcakes

Tiny birthday cupcakes for tiny preschool friends to share. Kids seem to go mental for this kind of thing. A proper little treat. (It’s a birthday – there will be cake with flour and butter and sugar.) The recipe for these came from Sweetapolita – who’s blog I discovered a few years ago – it’s a happy explosion
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Simple Roasted Beetroot & Carrot Soup

Simple Roasted Beetroot & Carrot Soup

This is an un-planned soup made of pre-prepared ingredients I happened to have in my fridge. I can’t really plan but I can prepare. The soup is clean, simple and wholesome. Just pure sweet roasted beetroot & carrot flavour. A good soup if you’re unwell. If you’ve got some stuff prepped already you just throw this together. I
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Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

These are because I was bored with muffins and couldn’t be bothered to make cookies. I needed something for a picnic for a video shoot with children & parents. Melt, mix, squash in the pan, bake, cool, cut, pack. Rush out the door. leave picnic behind in the driveway after packing everything else. Call friend to
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Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

A Lemon Tart for Mothers Day lunch, (to follow an epic cold seafood feast curated by dad). It’s tangy & not too sweet. My mum doesn’t have a big sweet tooth. (lets pretend we don’t know anything about nutella pizza or fudge ay mum?). This has a simple pastry with no sugar or egg. The lemon filling is made
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churros&chocolate

Churros and Spanish Hot Chocolate

Even if I was thinking about cutting out sugar for a bit, this wouldn’t be a good time. Because a parcel from Spain has arrived with a churro making device (‘churrera’), and kilos of Spanish hot chocolate. So. What can you do. And anyway, according to the instructions on the churro machine – they are ‘recommend as a healthy
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Powercut BBQ Bacon & Eggs

Powercut BBQ Bacon & Eggs

Rainy day with no power weekend breakfast. ‘Powercut BBQ Bacon & Eggs’. Long live the gas bbq. Boil water first so you can have a cup of tea to cook with. Umbrella in one had, tongs in the other. Good times. Excellent bacon by http://www.freerangebutcher.com.au/ and excellent eggs by http://www.manningvalleyeggs.com.au/  
Breakfast sandwich platter, sandwiches

Sandwiches

“Only the truly generous know how to make a good sandwich” Said a wise person once. My dad I think. Someone else more famous than him might have said it first. Who cares. My dads general rule of thumb is to take the quantity of ingredient you think you need, and double it. Or even
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Pear & Maple Bay Muffins

Pear & Maple Brown Butter Baby Muffins

think it’s going to be a bit harder to keep my second kid away from screens and sugar for as long as I did with the first. I get caught out without food somewhere at some critical point in the afternoon (afternoon tea for small children is a big thing), end up at the bakery,
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Cherry Peach Pancakes

Cherry Peach Pancakes w Roasted Hazelnuts & Vanilla Whipped Cream

f I was going to ever use the word ‘Bonza’ in conversation, I think I would use it to describe the fruit that’s about in these first stormy humid days of Sydney summer. I can hardly contain myself – I feel like I’ve been projected into some sort of agricultural utopia but without me having
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