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Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup

Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup

This Beetroot and Pomegranate Soup combines sweet and earthy flavours. It is suitable for the majority of diets, making it an attractive choice for a party menu. Dill and beetroot are a classic combination. The tang of the added pomegranate lightens the flavours; and yoghurt and/or walnuts add protein, making this soup a light meal. […]

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Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate

Valentines – Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate. The origin of celebrating Valentine’s with chocolate is unclear. Perhaps it is simply a merging of the increased popularity of chocolate with the growing celebration of Valentine’s Day. Whatever the reason it is now well imbedded in our psych. Try making your own chocolate.“How to make Chocolate” is […]

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Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

With the festive season upon us here is a small selection of recipes for tasty, simple canapes.  With a multitude of things to do, places to go and people to see, at this time of year, preparing healthy canapes and snacks may not be top of your ‘to do’ list. The recipes below illustrate healthy […]

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Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini

Festive Crostini are a light and healthy canapé, their colours indicative of the festive season. The choice of the base makes them suitable for all diets including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. Crunchy, light and quick to prepare, these crostini have the flavours of Italian antipasto. While baguette is generally the base for these […]

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Edible Gifts

Edible Gifts

The festive season is just around the corner, in unison with carols in the shopping malls. Or perhaps you have already started! Among many other things, this is a time for cooking and for giving. Sometimes these activities collide and our nearest and dearest receive edible gifts lovingly baked at home. Such gifts come with […]

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Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake

A variation of Panforte and Siena Cake that is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. This is a family recipe that I think came from my aunt Ellen who was very fond of rich cakes and desserts. The inclusion of a little chocolate to the fruit, nut and spice mix provides […]

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Beetroot Blinis

Beetroot Blinis

These blinis are tasty bites that can be served as a canapé or a snack; or, when larger, they are the basis of a light meal. With the vegetable content, they are a nourishing variation on a flour-based blini. The beetroot and tofu keeps them moist, adds protein and makes them suitable for vegan diets. […]

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Passionfruit Papaya Mousse

As the name may suggest to you, this is a dessert for that special dinner, perhaps Valentine’s Day. Passionfruit and Papaya Mousse is an tasty alternative to the sweet – and, often, chocolate – desserts for such occasions. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with chocolate or sugar; but it is good to have […]

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Artichoke Hearts

A vegetable dish that can be served as a tasty appetiser or as the topping/sauce for gnocchi or pasta. This recipe evolved when cooking a ‘special’ meal. It was our anniversary…a moment for the heart! And Valentine’s Day would be equally appropriate. I like to try new recipes and variations when I make extra time […]

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Coconut Shortbread

These coconut shortbreads are crisp and crumbly, like a traditional shortbread; but, containing no butter, they are suitable for Diary Free and Vegan diets. Scottish shortbreads, as they are often called, may be hard to imagine without butter – the butter giving the biscuit its ‘shortness’. However, coconut oil is a good substitute;. it is […]

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Pheasant Soup

This winter soup is a combination of the tasty remains of roast pheasant, sweetened with cranberry sauce and ‘bodied up’ with the addition of a variety of seasonal vegetables. It is a treat in our house, not only for the flavours but also because it is made from the remains of a ‘special’ meal, i.e. […]

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Festival Salad

This is a salad to enjoy as a light, healthy meal utilising ingredients remaining from a roast or festive meal. As the name suggests, this is the salad of ‘abundance’…otherwise known as the salad of leftovers! In our enthusiasm for a happy time we so often over-cater. How to use cold, cooked vegetables can be […]

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Spiced Nuts

Lightly spiced and toasted nuts make a tasty snack and are good for parties. Select your favourite nuts or mix the odds and ends of packets you have lurking in the cupboard. Here I used Brazil nuts (I like their firm texture and they are visually a good addition to this selection), almonds (my favourite), […]

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Speculaas, Spice Biscuits

These spice biscuits, a tradition of northern Europe, have been adapted to suit Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Spices were traditionally a treat of Christmas time when cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom were a luxury. Now, they are in most pantries, although often underused. These biscuits may encourage you to add […]

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Duck Breast with Balsamic

A succulent duck breast cooked with the rich and sweet flavours of berries, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon. This dish is very simple, requiring no preparation, and makes an elegant meal for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat and Paleo diets. I have cooked this dish for many years, having first found […]

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Dates with Coconut

Dates stuffed with coconut are a sweet treat that can be resisted by few and that is suitable for most people with dietary restrictions. It is a delicious and easy to prepare combination. And it stores well so can be made in advance for lunch boxes, a quick snack or an elegant sweet bite for […]

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Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

A vegetable pie that is full of autumnal flavours appropriate to the festive season. This is an elegant addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dining table and suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Pumpkin, mushroom and chestnut make for a rich, tasty pie. I usually make a roll with puff pastry. enabling […]

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Pumpkin Pie, Crustless

This pumpkin pie is made in the tradition of a flourless cake. It is a light and healthy dessert and a good choice for the seasonal celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Variations are offered, making it suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Paleo diets. Especially at times of celebration it is […]

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Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Moist, savoury muffins for a snack, a Hallowe’en treat or a nutritionally-balanced light meal that is suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. With autumn and the falling leaves, we harvest the remaining pumpkins, gather chestnuts and forage for mushrooms. It brings with it opportunities to celebrate with friends and family as we include […]

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Halloween Ghosts

Hallowe’en Ghosts

A sweet treat for Hallowe’en that will suit many children who have dietary restrictions including Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Nut Free. Hallowe’en, with its ‘trick or treat’, always includes sweets. So, the question arises: how to deal with those unknown dietary issues when you have a party or a child knocks in fancy dress? […]

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Chocolate Cake

The best and simplest flourless chocolate cake I know for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. This recipe came from my aunt Ellen. She was a fabulous cook and introduced the family to this flourless chocolate cake in the 70s. This was when a chocolate cake was a rare treat and this cake still is. […]

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