Category Archives: Cookies & Edible Gifts

Recipe – Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Oat Bites

Just 4 ingredients; three if you leave out the nuts. You could also leave out the chocolate chips but why deny yourself? These chewy little cookie bites are ridiculously simple to make and are a delicious grab-and-go breakfast substitute or … Continue reading

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Recipe – Spiced Peach Chutney

When you live in a State that produces numerous tree fruits plus varieties of grapes that end up as fine wine (on occasion) – although unexpected, it’s no surprise that people have peach, plum and apple trees growing in their gardens. … Continue reading

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Recipe – Quick & Easy Cheese Crackers

I recently made the mistake of buying some frozen puff pastry vol-au-vent cases thinking I was buying a puff pastry sheet.  I wasn’t in the mood for making vol-au-vents, nor deciding what to stuff into them, so I rolled them … Continue reading

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Recipe – Quick Raspberry Freezer Jam

Any jam that can be whipped up in under 30 minutes is fine by me. I love the tangy sharp sweetness of fresh raspberries and paired with a warm croissant (and a blob of creamy mild goat cheese on the … Continue reading

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Recipe – Rose & Lemon Shortbread Cookies

I adapted this from a recipe that my sister gave me, which called for the finished cookies to be dunked in melted chocolate but I felt that was a bit like gilding the lily. With or without a coating of … Continue reading

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Recipes – Freezer Essentials

Apart from the obvious such as meat, fish, chicken, peas, vodka, raw pizza dough, ice, ice cream, ginger and garlic paste, butter, bread and soft fresh goat cheese – and in keeping with my philosophy of preparing meals that are … Continue reading

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Recipe – Nigel Slater’s Apricot, Orange & Anise Liqueur (and Drunken Apricots)

Nigel Slater’s latest book,  ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ is something you’ll want to snuggle up with on a wintry night with a little glass of something lovely on the side (such as this). ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ is chock-full of wonderful tales … Continue reading

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