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Smashed avocado grill with free range egg

Smashed avocado grill with free range egg

Thickly spread avocado on your choice of toasted bread, flavoured with a touch of mustard, broiled to perfection and topped with a fried or poached free-range egg. Gourmet, fast and real food that’s good for you.
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Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Potato Chowder

My favourite comfort food.

My slow cooker potato chowder only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

For non-vegetarians

Garnish it with bacon strips and/or turn it into a prawn (shrimp) chowder simply by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking. Read more

Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

Brie in Puff Pastry and Baked Brie are both easy to make – really easy –  and look special on a cheese platter, or  with a selection of appetisers.

My favourite is the basic recipe for Brie en Croute below, but if you’d like something a little different, the options to adapt brie en croute to suit your own taste are endless.  Read more

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Pure comfort food. An easy-to-follow scalloped potatoes recipe with potatoes, cream and cheese baked to perfection. Read more

Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

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Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

Creamy, satisfying and comforting, my slow cooker prawn chowder takes only 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a crock pot for 2-5 hours.

I top it with freshly ground black pepper, snipped herbs and a squeeze of lemon and Absolutely. . It!

Make it vegetarian

Turn this into my ultimate vegetarian comfort food, Vegetarian potato chowder, by omitting the prawns.

Either way, you’ll serve up classic comfort food with a gourmet touch. Read more

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Why would anyone post a recipe for Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?

Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

Because they’re baked in the oven, they have less fat, oil, calories and cholesterol than the classic pan fried and ham and cheese sandwich.  But they’re just as comforting and filling.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! 

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Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Three ingredients, 5 minutes and you have an easy and delicious banana smoothie for breakfast on the go, an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up anytime.

Not keen on ice-cream for breakfast?  Substitute the ice-cream with a squeeze of honey or your choice of sweetener. Read more

Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes

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Slow cooker herbed potatoes

These delicious slow cooker herbed potatoes are addictive. They’re an easy side dish, healthier than roast potatoes,  with less mess and a much faster cleanup.

Only 10 minutes prep, then you don’t need to touch them until they’re ready to serve.

And there’s a bonus – the oil and herbs left in the slow cooker make a delicious piping hot herby, peppery jus.  Read more

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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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