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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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Fathers’ Day menus

Fathers Day Menus

Show Dad, Grandpa or your other special person how much you care, by making one of our fail-safe menus to say “Happy Fathers’ Day”.  Wow your guests with one of the easy brunch, barbecue or dinner Fathers’ Day menus below.

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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

Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Top a buttered baguette or crusty roll with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney and you have a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch.

When making your Ploughman’s Lunch, select your cheese first, and build the rest of the meal around it.

Add your favourite condiments, build up your sandwich with your choice of extras and you’ll have an quick, easy vegetarian lunch that will carry you through to dinner.

For non-vegetarians

Add a few hard boiled eggs or slices of leg ham.

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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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Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

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Broccoli and cheese quiche

Use a frozen flan case and cut prep time down to 10 minutes.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread for an easy after-work dinner. Read more

Curried Red Lentil Soup

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Simple, comforting and healthy, my red lentil soup is nutritious and vegetarian-friendly.  The addition of mild curry powder gives it a flavour boost without being overpowering.  Eat now, make ahead for work lunches or freeze for later.  Read more

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

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