Spiced pineapple & chickpea cous cous

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Sue McEnroe, our creative food technology expert, delights us again with her original, Moroccan-inspired recipe.

Serves 4 as a light meal


½  cup cous cous

2 tsp morrocan spice mix (rasel el hanout)

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ carrot, grated

½  zucchini, grated

4 spring onions, sliced

4 slices of fresh or canned pineapple (or one small golden pineapple)

1 tomato, chopped

½  can…

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Cauliflower & haloumi fritters

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Want to try something different with cauliflower this season? My friend Sue McEnroe, a food technology teacher, created this recipe for her class. The fritters were an instant hit and she has kindly offered to share the recipe with  Midlifexpress. Thanks Sue. Yum!


½ cauliflower, cut into small florets

¼ cup (65 mls)…

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Janine’s chocolate cake: The best in the southern hemisphere

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Here is another sublime creation from my neighbour Janine’s kitchen. Yes, you read the recipe right. It features four feisty Caramello Koalas. It is indeed the best chocolate cake this side of the equator.

Janine says, “I made this cake 20 years ago when I was a student and first living out…

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Janine’s voluptuous vegetarian pasties

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Janine, my prodigiously talented friend, appeared on our doorstep last night with these palatable pasties. They are delicious beyond belief. Here’s her creation for you to enjoy too.

3 medium carrots, washed and peeled.
1/2 a sweet potato, peeled
3 medium brushed potatoes, peeled and washed.
1/2 a head of broccoli
500gm of mushrooms, washed and roughly…

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banana pancake

Banana pancakes with no added sugar, for one person

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You can vary the consistency of the mixture to make smaller, thicker pancakes or bigger thinner ones. I like the small puffy ones, with fresh fruit on the side – orange, berries or mango. Yum.

1 banana (or 2 if small)
1 egg
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon, or ginger
a sprinkle of…

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apple crumble

Mostly Mesolithic Apple Crumble

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This superb apple crumble features in my forthcoming book The (Mostly) Mesolithic Diet. It was a favourite of all discerning dire wolves, marauding mastodons and a sturdy species of opportunistic hominids.


Fruit layer

4 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thickly

1/2 cup sultanas

Juice of one orange

Approximately 2 tablespoons water

Crumble Topping

I cup…

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berry crumble

Almost mesolithic mixed berry crumble

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This bright and bibulous berry crumble is from my forthcoming eBook The Mesolithic Diet for Mind and Body. I call it an “almost” Mesolithic concoction because, while the mid-stoneage denizens were an inventive lot, they almost certainly had no dairy industry. Nevertheless, they did forage for nuts and berries and fruit, and evidently honey and maple…

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Heidi’s lissome lentil soup

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This gratifying concoction has a pleasing color, a luscious texture and a delectable taste. It goes well with sourdough bread, an old dog and a good friend.


1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
2 or 3 carrots
1 onion
I sweet potato
¾ cup red lentils
bay leaf
½ teaspoon cumin
½ tsp turmeric
About 1 litre vegetable stock or water…

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