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White Russian

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White Russian – a cocktail made from vodka, coffee liqueur and cream, served over  ice in an old-fashioned glass.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Fresh mushrooms, cream, sherry and a touch of English mustard make an elegant cream of mushroom soup in 30 minutes.  Serve with crusty bread and a salad. Read more

Dry Potato Curry (Indian-style)

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Dry potato curry (Indian style)

This beautifully aromatic dry potato curry will bring a touch of India to your home, as a side dish or substantial vegetarian main, served with naan bread or chapatis and your favourite condiments.  Read more

Prawn Curry (Curried Prawns and Rice)

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Prawn Curry (Curried Prawns and Rice)

As a kid, I loved prawn curry from the Chinese takeaway.  In those days it was called “Curried Prawns and Rice” and considered quite exotic.  I still love it, but now I make it at home.  Read more

Vegetarian Grilled Sandwiches

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Here are ten flavour-packed vegetarian and vegan grilled sandwiches that I’ve come across on some of my favourite food blogs.

They’ve all got something special about them – a Mexican flavour, a veggie take on a classic Philly cheesesteak, European inspiration, mushrooms (yep, mushrooms – to me mushrooms are a special thing!) and two vegan sandwiches – a grilled wrap with garama masala and hummus, and one with homemade vegan cheese. Read more

Cream of Celery Soup

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With only 5 mins needed to prep the ingredients, you can have fresh, healthy, homemade cream of celery soup on the table in 30 minutes.  Read more

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

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Moroccan chicken tagine

Free range chicken breast fillets, potatoes, tomatoes, olives, garlic, turmeric and seasonings are  simmered in a tagine until tender.  Serve with fresh crusty bread for a low-maintenance, easy weeknight meal.

Quick and easy to prepare with very little hands-on work once everything’s in the tagine.

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DIY Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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 DIY Slow Cooker Corned Beef

If you like corned beef, don’t buy the tinned stuff.  Make this instead. DIY. It’s easy, versatile and economical. Your prep work will be done in 10 minutes and you’ll know exactly what’s in it.

Read the list of ingredients on a tin of corned beef sometime and you’ll see what I mean – only 44% beef in some generic brands, beef hearts in branded products and other stuff I won’t even mention. 

Not the way I roll, and you don’t need to either.

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Enough with the labels and rules already.   All I did was cut down on meat.

semi-vegetarian, flexitarian blogSo now they say I’m not flexitarian.

I have one or two meatless meals most days, because I’m cutting down my consumption of red and white meat.  And I generally have a couple of meatless days a week.

So when people ask me what my way of eating is called, I say I’m a flexitarian.

Why?

Because my diet meets the guidelines for flexitarianism in the original flexitarian diet book The Flexitarian Diet (more below).

Not that I need to label it, but giving  my diet a name helps to spread the word about reducing meat consumption and it’s a good reference point for people to find out more.

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Cosmopolitan cocktail

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Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan cocktail has been around since the early 1900s, but was made famous by the 1990s television program Sex and the City.

It’s origin is unclear, but a very similar recipe was published in 1934, in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. Read more

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