Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry

We do enjoy curries in this house, but typically I cop out and buy ready-made spice mixes or spice pastes as a base for the curry sauce. Partly it’s because they give a reliable result, and on any standard weeknight we don’t want the possibility of having our socks blown …

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Spice-roasted butternut squash and halloumi fajitas (or salad)

butternut squash & halloumi fajitas

As much as I love pasta, I’ve started to feel like we eat it every other day. Sure, it’s easy, versatile, quick, and can be topped with a virtually limitless selection of things, but still… Time to make a conscious effort to eat more different kinds of carbohydrates. Here’s our …

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Smokey barbecue potatoes in foil

barbecued potatoes in foil

We are having a barbecue summer here. Since there can be no confidence that the lovely sunny weather will continue beyond a day or two, we’ve been barbecuing like mad while the going’s good. As well as the usual suspects to hit the grill, we recently enjoyed barbecued pineapple. I encourage …

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Speculaas spiced date cookies

Speculaas spiced date cookies

When I was little, my Mum used to bake these date cookies. They were, and are, a real favourite – soft, chewy-crumbly and almost cakey, studded with chunks of toffee-ish dates. Delicious! A few years ago, I was reminiscing about these cookies, and decided to bake some for Rosh Hashana – …

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Mango salsa – guest post!

mango salsa

My friend Siôn is a keen cook, and keeps announcing his delicious-sounding dishes via Facebook. It seemed only fair to give him a chance at international culinary stardom (!) by inviting him to write a guest post here.  If you fancy seeing your own recipe appearing on Family-Friends-Food, please drop me …

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Chunky onion and aubergine stew

Onion and aubergine stew

Kipper LOVES aubergines.  Ha! I just looked back through previous posts and saw how many of them include those words! It’s really true though. She just can’t get enough of those gorgeous purple vegetables – baked, roasted, griddled, fried, hot, cold. Yum yummy yum yum. I had a big fat …

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Roasted butternut squash with fruity brown rice

Roasted butternut squash with fruity brown rice

Kipper insisted that we bought a butternut squash last time we saw one in the supermarket. I’m not sure what she wanted to do with it, and she mostly seemed to forget about it when we got it home. Although intermittently she remembered (usually when we opened the fridge and she …

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