Pleasing pesto dip

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This verdant dip is a sociable creation that engages amicably with anything it  meets — pasta, rice, bread, crackers, savoury muffins — and it tastes superb.

It’s also super easy.  A good food processor helps although a pestle and mortar can be used if you feel energetic.

Ingredients

2 bunches fresh basil

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves

150 grams pine nuts

1/4…

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Grandma’s Chocky Fudge

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Suellen Horsley’s chocolate fudge brownies are legendary — at least in our family.  They will now be legendary in yours.

Suellen says:

These fudge brownies are an old family favourite and this recipe was handed down from my adored Grandma Slattery.

Grandma and Grandad raised seven kids – one of them my mum – and…

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Evening chamomile tea

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Here’s a lovely tea recipe I kidnapped from Dr Terry Wahls’ newsletter. If you’ve never heard of her, please check out her website and watch her TED talk, Minding your Mitochondria as soon as humanly possible. Dr Wahls is an extraordinary woman who put her advanced multiple sclerosis in remission…

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Bali Chilli Eggs

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Since gorging on traditional dishes in Bali I’ve tried with varying degrees of success to reproduce the flavours in my own kitchen. Most of which have failed to satisfy the exacting memories of my tastebuds!

On a much earlier visit to Indonesia my partner acquired the wonderfully helpful Indonesian Food and…

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Easiest lentil and spinach dhal in the biosphere

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The easiest lentil concoction you will encounter this side of the stratosphere.

Ingredients (serves 3 ravenous and 4 moderately hungry people if you serve it with rice):

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cans organic brown lentils, drained

I cup red lentils

3 cups water

400 ml can coconut milk (organic if possible)

3 handfuls of baby…

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Super easy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup Magnifico

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This delightful concoction owes its sublime  flavor to coconut milk.  Be prepared for autograph signing and hysterical requests for the recipe after your companions devour this mellifluous soup – heaven.

The recipe below serves four moderately hungry people if they have one medium-sized bowl each.  It will serve two ravenous people if they have…

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Di’s Pear And Walnut Muffins

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These delectable lovelies go well with a pot of freshly brewed tea.
Ingredients:

2 cups finely chopped pears
One and a half cups of  all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
3/4  cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation:

In a…

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Kitchari: An Ayurvedic Mind/Body Balancing Dish

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Food can be medicine for both your body and your mind. In Ayurvedic medicine Kitchari is an important one – pot staple dish. It has been considered the perfect protein in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is an excellent meal for convalescents, children, the elderly and especially for when…

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Luscious Lasagna Vegetariana

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I came across  this delectable lasagna concoction whilst working as a masseuse at a health resort in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges many years ago.  The chef kindly let me in on her secret – a layer of golden mashed pumpkin instead of béchamel sauce – and I’ve been making it like that ever since. …

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Cheese And Chilli Savoury Muffins

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These bodacious savoury muffins are a splendid accompaniment to  soup – especially minestrone or pumpkin.  The recipe makes approximately eight large beauties or twelve smaller delectables. You can make a gluten-free alternative by substituting the flour for a gluten-free variety.

Preheat oven to 190 Celsius

Ingredients:

75 grams unsalted butter, melted

100 grams feta cheese,  grated

100…

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Claire’s Cane Sugar (And Toad) Free Fruit Cake

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Fruit cakes really don’t need cane sugar and I find them sickly sweet if they do. They are perfectly fine with just their fruit bounties and  I’ve been tinkering with this take on the traditional boiled fruit cake for decades now. This is my latest version:
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius

1 generous…

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Claire’s “Naff Off, Cancer!” Salad

This resplendent salad features the powerful, cancer-busting spice turmeric. Whilst this humble comestible looks a little like fresh ginger, with its rough skin and irregular shape,  it has remarkable abilities to kill cancer cells . Indeed, it may even prove to be a canny cancer preventer one day. About 5 grams per day (1 teaspoon) seems to be…

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Snack Happy With Bliss Balls

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What a better way to be kinder to yourself  than by snacking happy.  Treats that are deeply nourishing and, more importantly, bring an instant smile to your face.

I just happen to believe that bliss balls are the healthiest and yummiest snacks in the whole wide world.
Bliss balls are easy to…

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Claire’s Spicy Vegetarian Zucchini Slice

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Zucchinis don’t have to be the natural enemies of our taste buds. This spicy  approach to a stridently green and unashamedly humble vegetable will have you in fits of gastronomic ecstasy.

Ingredients:

4  zucchini, grated and  squeezed of their excess liquid

1 red onion, sliced thinly

3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated

4 eggs, beaten

A handful of fresh…

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Claire’s Vegetarian Pesto Pizza

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There’s no topping this pizza. Quick, simple and delicious – you will eschew takeaway pizzas forever after. You will need about half a cup of pesto dip which you can either make yourself or buy at the supermarket. So,  grab a pre –  made pizza  base from the supermarket and away you go.

Ingredients:

1 ready made pizza…

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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

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I have been a vegetarian for a very long time and have no recollection of the taste of meat. However, many meat eaters enjoy my vegetarian sausage rolls and comment that they taste better than the fatty alternative. These veggie sausage rolls are also a great treat at children’s birthday…

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Sue’s Minestrone Soup

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I have an organic vegetable garden and I make a lot of Minestrone. Generally I throw everything together but there is a method to my madness. I use seasonal vegetables from the garden and as its late autumn I still have a lot of vegetables to use. Here is my…

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Sue’s Pumpkin Soup

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I don’t use recipes but this is one that I’ve made up and it works perfectly every time for a delicious pumpkin soup. This recipe makes around 10 serves.

You will need:
A medium sized Queensland Grey Pumpkin (if you can’t get this then you need an alternative fleshy pumpkin)
4 large Potatoes
Butter
Cream
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable Stock…

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