Snickerdoodles

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

What is a Snickerdoodle you ask? A little puff of cinnamon, sugary bliss. These American classics have a soft, chewy sugar-cookie center with a cinnamon sugar coating, perfect with hot cocoa or just because. They are also ridiculously easy to make ..

Beetroot Lemonade

Delicious, refreshing and packed with vitamins ..

Delicious, refreshing and packed with vitamins ..

Feeling a little under the weather? Needing something cool and refreshing to beat the heat? I have you covered. This cordial is delicious, refreshing and packed with andioxidantss. Perfect topped with chilled water or soda, even more perfect topped with ginger beer. I’ve even been known to use it as the beginnings for some pretty amazing cocktails. Use the freshest beets you can get to maximise the nutritional boost .. and don’t forget to wear gloves unless you really like magenta hands!!

Lemon ‘n Lovage Whitefish

Lemon 'n Lovage Flake

Lemon ‘n Lovage Flake

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There are distinct nutritional benefits from eating whitefish such as Flake, Hake and Tilapia. They are packed with phosphorous, selenium, zinc and magnesium as well as B Group vitamins, especially B12. They are also very often cheaper than their darker, oilier cousins, but are (sadly) usually sold frozen, a process that ruins the soft, delicate texture of the meat. At the market today I found some delightful, super fresh Flake (shark) so I pounced on it with glee. This is my favourite, low fuss, low mess way to cook it .. and it’s faster than driving to the Chippy for takeaway too!!

“Old Reliable” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

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Over the years, I have trialed dozens of recipes for Choc Chip Cookies with varying success.  Most of them are too sweet, many are finicky and unreliable recipes, others too chunky or just the wrong proportion of cookie to “bits”. This is the one I come back to. It produces cookies with a nice crunchy texture that will survive a dunk in fresh milk. The subtle vanilla-peanut flavours are perfect with cocoa or fresh coffee too. What’s not to love?

Of course we all know the true joy of cookies lies in their childhood associations. The smell of them baking, filling the house with delicious smells and anticipation. The guilty pleasure of eating the dough or burning tongue and fingers because we were unable to resist them fresh from the oven. They featured on the menus of tea parties, picnics with friends and solitary midnight snacks. Most of all they eased the pain of skinned knees and broken hearts. I have vivid memories of a sympathetic Dad sharing cookies, cuddles and the odd hanky on these occasions. That makes them the ultimate comfort food for me. On the anniversary of his death, I am feeling the need for a little comfort, so I shall put some Bach on the stereo and whip up a batch to share with the Junior Sorority.

Easy Light Pizza Dough

perfect dough for the perfect pizza in under an hour

perfect dough for the perfect pizza in under an hour

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If you have access to activated yeast, bread flour and an oven, you need never buy frozen pizza again. Away with the tasteless cardboard commercial stuff and its hidden chemical nasties, embrace the delectable possibilities this recipe offers. The hardest part of the process is deciding between soft or crunchy base .. plain crust or decadent cheesy, herbed goodness. Don’t save it just for flat pizza either .. this dough makes fantastic cheesy breadsticks, Pizza cups .. even wonderful desserts. Stay tuned and I’ll fill you in on these treats.