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Lavender shortbread

My sisters are amazing cooks. Kylie created the most delicious Christmas spread I've ever tasted and Michelle (the youngest), kept us supplied with her homemade shortbread cookies throughout the holiday period. When we got back from Australia, we found ourselves…

Baked Apple Rose Tarts

My friend Ruth (who doesn't usually bake), made a batch of these gorgeous looking tarts. She promised they were easy, so I took on the task. The recipe from tiphero.com is beautifully presented in a short video. I love cooking…

(Butternut) Pumpkin Risotto

Roasting veggies is one of my favorite things to do (and eat!) when the weather cools down. The Word Health Organization's announcement this week that processed meat causes cancer, and that red meat probably does, gave me (and everyone else…

Día de Muertos & Halloween cupcakes

While these two traditions are celebrated on the same day their origins are not believed to overlap. Dia de Muertos is the Mexican tradition when people gather together to pray for and remember close family and friends who have died.…

slow cooker turkey chili

OK, I'm a little bit in love with my slow cooker. Now I'm on the hunt for healthy summery meals I can create in the morning and look like a hero at night. Apart from anything else, I want to…

Brown rice & quinoa pesto fusilli

This is one of those dishes I throw together every week or two. It allows me to use up the veggies in the fridge, there are always leftovers for my lunch the next day and it is fresh and delicious…

slow cooker chicken tacos

I love taco night, and now that I've discovered this slow cooker chicken taco recipe I really love it. I always thought preparing meals in a slow cooker needed to be heavy beef stew-type deals but this chicken dish is…

chocolate dipped coconut macaroons

I adore coconut macaroons. So when I was asked to bring cookies to a party recently, I tried this recipe which had them dipped in chocolate (my other favorite thing). Making the macaroons was pretty easy and doesn't take long;…