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The Smoothie Collection – favourite smoothies from around the web

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5 steps to make a perfect smoothie

Blend up a smoothie – an easy and delicious way to boost your daily fruit and vegetable intake in 5 minutes.

Simply:

  • Pour a liquid base like milk, plain or fruit yoghurt, fruit juice, coconut milk, coconut water or almond milk into a blender.
  • Top with your favourite fruit and/or vegetables.
  • Add a little honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla essence or sweetener of your choice (if needed)
  • Drop in a few ice cubes or some crushed ice and
  • Blend until smooth.

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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

Vegetarian split pea soup – slow cooker

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10 minutes hands on work is all it takes to make this slow cooker vegetarian split pea soup. Serve with crusty bread, or a grilled sandwich for a more substantial meal.

Suitable for freezing, or make ahead and store in the refrigerator for a day or two. Read more

Pumpkin Soup Collection

 

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Nine easy and delicious pumpkin soups for lunch, dinner, to make ahead and reheat at work, or to freeze for a busy night (but add the cream later).

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Get your tiki on, it’s Mai Tai time!

 

 

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Aloha peeps and Happy Friday!

Today’s cocktail takes us back to the Tiki culture of the 1940s.

Both Victor Bergeron (the founder of Trader Vic’s restaurants) and Don Beach, also known as “Don the Beachcomber” lay claim to having invented the Mai Tai.  While we don’t know who mixed the first Mai Tai, we do know the drink  originated in one or the other of their Tiki bars during the 1940s and has remained popular ever since. Read more

Mushroom, brie and spinach pie

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The perfect weeknight meal, my mushroom, brie and spinach pie is  easy and delicious , with  the richness of the mushroom and brie balanced by the fresh  baby spinach and aromatic rosemary leaves. With only 8 ingredients, it’s  quick to prep and get into the oven.

And you can use ready made puff pastry sheets, pre-packed sliced mushrooms and garlic paste,  for a perfect result with minimal effort.

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Tomato and Mushroom Flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

This recipe is based on a Pampas Pastry recipe that I’ve had for years.  If you make too much filling for the pie case, you can refrigerate it for a day or two and use it in an omelette.  It’s good for lunch, supper or dinner and only takes 10 mins to prep.  Read more

Avocado pastries

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Today I’m sharing a family favourite – avocado pastries.  Make this dish your own by changing the fillings to suit your own taste, making it as elegant or as casual as you like.   Read more

Vegetarian Risotto Collection

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Here are 9 vegetarian risottos including an avocado risotto, one based on gluten-free stock and a luxurious creamy brie and mushroom risotto.

What’s your favourite risotto? Read more

Breakfast casserole

Croissant breakfast casserole

 

Breakfast casserole

Prepare my croissant breakfast casserole in 10 minutes.  Leave in the fridge overnight and bake for 30 mins the next morning.

Serve with a fresh fruit platter for the ultimate make-ahead breakfast or brunch.

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