Pavlova - As Kiwi As

Pavlova - As Kiwi As

Who can resist the crunchy crust and the soft gooey centre of a perfectly crafted pavlova topped with lashings of cream and striking red strawberries? But who owns the pavlova? Does the pavlova belong to the Australians or can we claim ownership?

Read on to uncover it’s pedigree and access my own favourite pavlova recipe.

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Song by Christina Rossetti

Mix a pancake,

Stir a pancake,

Pop it in the pan.

Fry the pancake,

Toss the pancake,

Catch it if you can.

What day is sometimes referred to as Pancake Day?

Read on to find out and share my Shrove Tuesday pancake recipe.

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Don't neglect breakfast

Don't neglect breakfast

How often do you hear someone say, “Oh, I don't do breakfast” as if it was something to boast about?

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Comforting Casseroles

Comforting Casseroles

Stews and casseroles are ideal winter food; thick, rich, flavoursome, filling and warming. There's not much difference between the two – generally casseroles are cooked in the oven and stews done on the top of the stove.

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Home-style Takeaways

Home-style Takeaways

I happened to be looking for something totally different the other day when I came across details of the wartime food rationing regime in Britain during the World War II.

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A warming plate of soup

A warming plate of soup

There are few better “comfort” foods than hot soup and even when one is unwell and not feeling like eating anything much, a plate of home made soup can titillate the appetite – as well as provide lots of nutrients to assist in recovery.

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Magical Mince

Magical Mince

Coping with the seemingly weekly increases in food prices means that most households are going to have to shop, cook and live smarter to make each dollar stretch further.

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Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions

Following last month's feature about jams, I thought we'd look at pickled vegetables.

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It's Jam-making time

It's Jam-making time

Once upon a time…that is, prior to the ready availability of domestic refrigeration and year-round growing methods, preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables and making jams and pickles in summer, when produce was plentiful and at its cheapest, was a regular chore to ensure supplies in winter.

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Keeping Christmas under control

Keeping Christmas under control

Compared to the original Christmas – leaving aside the gold, frankincense and myrrh – our present day feasts look somewhat profligate.

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Our daily bread...with a difference

Our daily bread...with a difference

Bread, in one form or another, has been one of the staples of life throughout the world through the ages, from the primitive flatbreads baked on stones over an open fire to today's sophisticated varieties.

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Marvellous Milk Puddings

Marvellous Milk Puddings

We're all reeling from the escalating price of milk, but it's worth bearing in mind that milk is still relatively cheap and, in nutritional terms, good value.

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