Simple salads: fig, ham and mozzarella salad

Fabulous figs I am LOVING the fresh figs we seem to be able to get hold of at the moment. They’re juicy, plump and packed with flavour. I threw this salad together in five minutes when I unexpectedly ended up working from home yesterday and needed to raid the fridge for something quick and easy … Continue reading

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When only banoffee will do… Mario, this one’s for you!

When only banoffee will do… I have a colleague at work who (bless him!) follows my blog avidly, and it is to him that I dedicate today’s post and recipe wholly because as I was sitting at my desk last week, he came up to me and said: “Noodle, I only have one word to … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #5: apple dunkers with salted butterscotch

Party favourite As much as I’d love to live in denial, the onset of winter is creeping closer and closer every day. I don’t know about you but why does it always feel like it takes forever for the weather to turn hot in spring and summer, and yet the teeth-chattering chill of winter seems … Continue reading

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Oops, I made a whoopsie when I actually wanted to make a whoopie (pie that is…)

Kitchen Disasters Today was one of those catastrophic days in the kitchen when the highs were sky high and the lows were, well, unbelievably bad 🙂 I should be crying into my mixing bowl right now but I can’t, because even though today was a bit of a disaster, I still had a ball. Spending … Continue reading

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Slow cooked rolled roast pork with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing and home-made apple sauce and ketchup

Slow cooked rolled roast pork (with a sage, bacon and cranberry stuffing) Whenever I have a big group of friends coming over for dinner, like I did last night, my favourite recipe to turn to is this, a slow cooked rolled roast pork belly, stuffed with my own mixture of cranberries, bacon, sage from our … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #4: Quattro frutti chocolate pavlova (gluten-free)

Gluten-free, wheat-free, flour-free but sadly not calorie-free…unless it’s your birthday. Or it’s Christmas. Or Easter. Those days are automatically calorie-free days… 🙂 I was introduced to Australia’s national dish as a Uni student in Melbourne in the early 1990’s but I never learnt how to make one until my mother-in-law taught me (thanks Jeannette!). It’s … Continue reading

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fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #3: poached pears in jasmine tea

I’ve wanted to try poaching pears in tea for quite some time now as I’m a big fan of tea. I love the stuff, and where tea’s concerned, the stronger the cup, the better. There’s nothing like a proper mug of builder’s tea to get you going in the morning. I originally wanted to try … Continue reading

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fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #2: mango madness

Don’t have it with toast, have it on toast! While I’m not the world’s biggest bread fan, I do like a bit of toast for breakfast every so often. Unfortunately, I also get a bit bored of having the same spreads each time. However, I came across this breakfast treat purely by accident and every … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring: Grilled and honey glazed pineapple skewers

With all the green papaya salad we’ve been eating, I feel a small little treat can’t hurt… However, the bigmonster and I are dining out tomorrow night  -I’ve taken advantage of a special Eurostar promotion to score a table for us at the normally members-only 30|40 restaurant at the top of one of London’s landmark … Continue reading

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Nothing beats home-grown. Anyone have any apple-based recipe ideas to share?

Even though I love living in the country, there are some days, like today, when the long commute in and out of London wears me down. That was until I finally got home and was reminded of  this  … a food parcel from my brother-in-law which he brought over on Sunday. None of my husband’s … Continue reading

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