Maple roasted carrots and parsnips

maple-roasted carrots and parsnips

As side dishes go, maple roasted carrots and parsnips are definitely among my favourites. Dead quick and easy to prepare – you can even do them in advance and keep them in the fridge till an hour before you want to eat them, then just shove in a preheated oven. …

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Cocoa nib cookies – cacao, cocoa, chocolate

Box of cocoa nib cookies

We hosted a charity fundraising event in our house – nothing massive, just a talk by an interesting guy, followed by tea and biscuits. The organisers brought a selection of baked goods, but it seemed rude to host the event and not provide something that I’d made myself. I was thinking of …

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Asian-inspired aubergines

Asian-inspired baked aubergine with almond noodles

I usually end up doing vaguely Mediterranean things with aubergines, but just fancied a change this time. I had intended to stir fry the aubergine with some smoked tofu and the asian-inspired sauce, but Kipper started telling me how much she “LOVES baked aubergines”. So I ditched the tofu and did …

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Almond noodles – peanut noodles without peanuts

almond noodles with baked aubergines

I have a recipe for peanut noodles. I know that’s it’s delicious. And yet, somehow, over the years, my mild dislike of peanut butter has become so overwhelming that I now can’t even contemplate having it in my house, never mind opening a jar of it and actually consuming some. Bleurgh …

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Tomato risotto with griddled aubergine & tapenade

Kipper loves aubergines, so I was confident that she’d be all over these griddled aubergine slices. What I didn’t anticipate though, was that I’d be shouting, “No! No! No! NO! NO!” as she tried to stick her face in the bowl of tapenade. We really need to work on her table …

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