Last opportunity for a French Bourguignon to nourish your soul

It’s so warm where I live, such a mild winter. In the day time anyway and then the nights get cooler so good comfort food is well in order.  This dish I share with you this week is often requested by a customer of mine so I get to eat it too when I cook it for her. I call it French Stew as I don’t know how to pronounce its proper name and was inspired by a recipe I saw in At Home in The...

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A scrumptious recipe for left over rice or quinoa

I always make too much rice. Is that what you do, or are you more accurate with your estimations of how much you will eat?I always cook too much so will often throw it in my salad for lunch the next day. However the other day there was far too much left over so I did some creative thinking and came up with this sweet little recipe. We had left over rice and quinoa and yum it worked so well...

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Picnic Food Ideas Including a Quinoa Tabbouleh with a Magical Tahini Sauce

As I am writing this I am planning a kayak trip up our local river and then plan to have a picnic in my front yard before getting back to my paper work. So it feels like it’s picnic time and time to get out my picnic creativity.I am instantly taken back to memories of the school holidays in the early eighties when my brother and I used to go to the local swimming pool for the day. We weren’t into...

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A dessert without a name (it’s delicious and waiting for it’s name, can anyone help?)

It’s time for a dessert recipe don’t you think?  It feels like a while since I have given you something sweet. This one needs a name. Here is its story of origin and birth. Please give it a try and let me know what it is to be called. When I first started catering I had the good fortune of working  for a week with the lovely Sharmalee of World Savour Cuisine. During that retreat she...

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Meals to Take Away On Holiday

Do you love to go out to eat when you are on holiday? Or are you like me and the sheer thought of going out to eat when away fills you with dread? As I love to eat good quality organic food, eating out doesn’t always interest me, then the whole vegan thing and possibly having my food cooked in the same pans as meat thrills me even less. So I usually do the majority of the cooking when I go away...

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Home Made Granola is the Best (a recipe with a difference)

What is your favourite cuisine? What type of food do you often crave? What style of food could you not live without? When people ask me what my favourite food is I find it hard to just pick one but the first one on the list will always be Indian. It is the food that I could never imagine going without. I would certainly feel that something big in my life was missing if I could never eat Indian...

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Two Winning Potato Salads

Can anything be more nurturing than potato salad? These two recipes can accompany you to any food occasion Potato salad is a winner isn’t it? It can be taken to share dinners, taken out on picnics, served warm, served cold, served the next day and I have known some to eat it on a sandwich. It is rare that I make it but when I do I make massive batches so I can add it to my lunch box and take the...

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Nourishing kidgeree inspired by a brand new cookbook

Last week I went into our local book shop to buy a novel for my holiday and of course I walked out with a cook book. It happens every time. I love looking through cookbooks even though I rarely follow a recipe I still find them incredibly useful for inspiration. For example I have been making Kidgeree (an Indian rice and lentil) the same way for years then last week after I purchased Saffron...

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Let’s Celebrate with a Brownie Recipe (congratulations to the nine new vegan chefs!!!!)

We did it, they did it!! What an achievement the second year of the vegan chef and lifestyle training has come to an end culminating in a magnificent graduation ceremony where the nine graduating chefs showed off to 55 people their skills in making delicious food. They worked hard to develop the menu, test the menu and then execute the menu and I feel they did a brilliant job. The ceremony was...

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A burger recipe worth trying (you’ll want to make it every week I guarantee)

A burger recipe worth trying (you’ll want to make it every week I guarantee)I have a variety of burger recipes and I love them all. Then I have a burger recipe which I teach on the food photography cooking class as part of The Vegan Chef and Lifestyle Training. Every year when I make these burgers I wonder to myself why I don’t make them more often. They are really good, they are juicy and soft...

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