Kenwood BLM800 Blend-X Pro Blender Review – & coconut berry bars recipe

coconut berry bars

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my Kenwood Chef food mixer. It’s brilliant for cakes and meringues, mixing and kneading dough, and so on. It has an integral blender on its rear end, but unfortunately my blender jug had cracked. I asked Kenwood about a replacement and they suggested I …

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Delicious dairy dessert recipe round-up for Shavuot!

dairy dessert roundup

Shavuot surely has to be the favourite festival of the Jewish vegetarian. With its emphasis on dairy foods, it means that just about everything on the menu is suitable for veggies. (Not so great for vegans, sorry.) In particular, dairy desserts come into their own – last year I made …

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Blueberry & sweet cheese lokshen kugel

blueberry & sweet cheese lokshen kugel

For the first 20 years of my life, there was only one sort of lokshen kugel (noodle pudding) and this was it. My Mum made the best version of it, naturally, and we enjoyed it pretty often as part of our Shabbat meals. Because these meals were invariably meaty, the …

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Sticky baked sweet potatoes & aubergines with soy, maple, garlic & ginger

baked sweet potatoes & aubergines

A long time ago, I spent 3 months in California, writing my MSc dissertation while simultaneously working in two part-time jobs. Despite being fairly busy, it was a fun time, and I met lots of nice people. Early on in my American adventure, I was invited to a pot-luck dinner, and …

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Easy ‘sideways’ potato gratin

sideways potato gratin

We eat potatoes pretty frequently, in one shape or another. Roast potatoes are a favourite, mash makes a regular appearance, and then there’s my potato and carrot layer bake that graces our table every few weeks, too. Oh, and hasselback potatoes, potato salad, jacket potatoes…  Anyway, I decided it was …

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Banana blueberry ripple ice-cream

banana blueberry ripple ice-cream

Oooh, I’m super-excited! Family Friends Food has been shortlisted in the food category of the Brilliance in Blogging awards 2015! Sqeeeeeee! If you’d like to vote for me, I’d be extremely extremely grateful. You can cast your vote here. Thank you Anyway, apart from that excitement, what else has been …

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Hake with balsamic caramelised onions, thyme & smoked paprika

hake with balsamic caramelised onions, smoked paprika & thyme

I think hake is a really underrated fish. It’s so underrated that it’s often quite hard to come by, despite being moist, flaky and delicious. So I was quite pleased when I found a big bag of frozen hake loins at Costco, which of course made its way to our freezer …

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Smoked salmon, cream cheese & pea pasta

creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta

Usually I give myself an hour or so to get the dinner ready. But, you know how it is, time overtakes you sometimes, and suddenly it’s 20-to-dinnertime and there’s nothing even approaching ready. Eek! This delicious pasta dish was created on just such an evening, when I was not only …

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Rhubarb, ginger & raspberry jelly – an easy seasonal dessert

Rhubarb, ginger & raspberry jelly

I love rhubarb! I’m the only one in the house that does, but I really do love it. So I’ve been looking forward to the start of rhubarb season with anticipation. Early rhubarb tends to be even sharper than its more mature relations, and typically requires a hefty dose of …

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Pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine ‘pizzas’

pasta & cannelini bean soup with mini aubergine 'pizzas'

I’ve made these aubergine ‘pizzas’ before as a side dish and they were jolly delicious. Kipper adores aubergines (eggplants) so it wasn’t really a surprise that she went in for these in a big way. And so, I was trying to think of a way to make them more central …

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