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Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

Barley, Cranberry, Cashew and Feta Salad

I love getting a hold of old-fashioned, not very utilised ingredients and then making something from them. In my mind, pearl barley fits the category. When was the last time you had barley? And how did you have it? I’ll wager that it was just a filler in a soup and that you ate said soup over a decade ago. Am I right? Barley is trying to make a quiet comeback but if you look … Read entire article »

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Green Tea, Lemongrass and Ginger Tapioca Pudding

Green Tea, Lemongrass and Ginger Tapioca Pudding

Just mention the word ‘tapioca’ and you strike fear into the hearts of many. It seems the cheap pudding has had a bad rap since its history as an economical dessert in difficult times and, worse, as served up on school lunch trays in a gelatinous lump. My grandfather used to refer to it as “frog’s eggs”, but then he also used to tell us that some of the raisins in the pack still had … Read entire article »

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Tibetan Home Cooking: A book review

Tibetan Home Cooking: A book review

Even as someone who spends much of my working day online, I have never actually viewed an e-book. True, I am still fully in love with the ink on paper variety of reading but, that is not why I haven’t purchased an e-book. I simply haven’t come across something that I’ve wanted to read AND have it coincide with a gap in my giant stack of ‘To read’ books. But I became interested in the … Read entire article »

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How to Make Almond Butter

How to Make Almond Butter

Although I spent my childhood in the United States, it wasn’t until I lived in England that I learned to eat peanut butter and jam/jelly. It is OK to admit that my undergraduate days consisted of a wee bit of overindulgence in a certain amber nectar? And, is it OK to admit that those particular overindulgences occasionally left me feeling a bit worse for wear in the morning? Yes? Whew! I thought you might bail … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child-friendly, Condiments, Healthy, United States, Vegan, Vegetarian

Yin Tsai- Edible amaranth

Yin Tsai- Edible amaranth

    Have you been wondering what that beautiful purple and green leafy vegetable is in the shops at the moment? I’d hate for you to miss out so I thought I’d better get these photos up quick smart before it all disappears. The season’s quite short, and you may have to go to an Asian shop to find it, but it’s called yin tsai* or amaranth or “edible amaranth” as some sources call it. Don’t worry. Everything … Read entire article »

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Sauerkraut. It’s really easy!

Sauerkraut. It’s really easy!

Although they made a great many amazing foods at home that I feel regretful I didn’t ask about, I’m not sure if my Polish relatives ever made sauerkraut at home. They definitely ate a lot of it. Kielbasa, Polish sausages, simmering in sauerkraut is a childhood scent. My Dad, arriving home late from work, sat at the table tucking in to those sausages that snapped to the bite. He said to me recently that he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Condiments, Ferments, German, Polish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Cumin and Carrot Savoury Pancakes

Although I haven’t had much time to write since becoming a Mum, I have spent many hours thinking up things a toddler will eat. There are plenty of things that a toddler will warm to, no doubt, but I want to do quicker than quick things that take very little prep so I can get on with building monster forts out of cushions in the living room or seeking out the best playground in the … Read entire article »

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Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

Happy Christmas to all who celebrate

…and spicy, sweet wishes for the New Year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drinks and Snacks, New Zealand

In Defence of Food: Book review

In Defence of Food: Book review

“The U.N. recently announced that the number of people suffering from the problems of “overnutrition” has for the first time exceeded the number suffering from undernutrition” (Pollan 2008:xiv) As the book sits here accruing library fines (Naughty blogger!) I am finally getting round to reading and reviewing In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan. Well, I loved it. It says all the things I have always believed about the food industry and how it affects what … Read entire article »

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Caveman Biscuits

Caveman Biscuits

While I’m not going to pretend that I have any sort of deep understanding of the Paleo Diet, I am interested in how people are trying to regain healthy lives by looking to what is or has been natural for our bodies. I am always searching for naturally sweetened desserts and snacks for my son so he feels like he is getting a treat and I feel happy he will not be doped up on … Read entire article »

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