Creamy Malai Kofta (with sunflower seed sauce)

Last week the graduating chefs of 2016 came together for a two day refresher course. On the first day we made all things Indian and one of the many dishes we made was Malai Kofta which are vegetable balls served with a creamy sauce. It is a simple recipe which you can easily make nut free by using sunflower seeds instead of cashews. This is the third and final recipe in my series of blogs on nut...

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Raw Passion Fruit Cheesecake (nut free)

Who tried out the sunflower sour cream from last week? I made it on retreat last week and was loved by all, especially those who were allergic to nuts.  Here comes the second recipe in the series of recipes that normally have nuts and have now been replaced with sunflower seeds. This is a refreshing dessert that you can cut up and keep in the freezer and take out slices whenever you want....

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Nut free recipes for those that are allergic or sensitive to nuts

Life often presents challenges and in the end it always becomes something positive. The last retreat I catered on there was someone who was allergic to a lot of nuts. Not just allergic but anaphylactic allergic so I was on super alert for cross contamination.I realised that a few of my dishes were all the more special due to using cashews in them and wanted to find a way to replicate these for...

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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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