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Fish Soup with Gruyere Croutons & a Cookbook Giveaway – win a signed copy of ‘French for Everyone’ by Manu Feildel

A return to his roots, Manu Feildel’s third cookbook French for Everyone, is packed with simple, rustic dishes. Honest and easy to prepare, this is food from the kitchen of a French home rather than that of a French restaurant. That's not to say you would turn down any of the dishes if they were served to you by a bistro-aproned waiter, but in juxtaposition to his second book, the techniques and recipes in French for Everyone are approachable enough to prepare at home. With options for … [Read more...]

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Magical Creamy Mushroom & Kale Soup

Another one to work my way through the archives. Made and shot in July last year to go with the Gluten Free Quinoa Cornbread, then promptly filed away -- until now. It is after all getting cooler again in Sydney and that can mean only one thing, soup season has arrived. I did originally have this post titled Magical Mushroom Soup -- now wouldn't that be a tease of a thing to do? Of course it is the soup that is magical rather than magical mushrooms (ahem) being used for soup. Apologies to … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian Fajita Soup

I don't make New Years resolutions. I never really have. However this year, after an interesting 2013, I've found myself thinking more than usual about what I want to achieve in 2014. The list is long and varied, but one thing that features near the top is working through a stack of draft posts (61 to date), and backlogged recipes recent enough to have acceptable pics, and actually posting them. This is one of those -- on both accounts. A creation born of a craving for Mexican … [Read more...]

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White Winter Soup

Winter White Soup

The good news is I don't have pleurisy. While the thought lives just fine on it's own as a daily positive affirmation statement it may be best if explain a bit further... First some background, I am not a fan of doctors [sorry doctors], hospitals freak me out and I am not one prone to hypochondria. The last time I was in a hospital was 11-ish years ago and in general I am one of those people who will soak gushing kitchen injuries in salt water and bandage with a tight band-aid before ever … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Chili

I've been part of the Secret Recipe Club for a couple months now and one thing I'm really enjoying, aside from discovering new blogs, is actually making the things I find instead of simply filing them away for later. What a novel concept. I get inspiration for recipes everywhere I look, and I'm constantly pinning things to make one day, but SRC has meant that at least once a month I make a new dish from a new blog. This month I was assigned to Fried Ice and Donut Holes. A passionate … [Read more...]

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Asian Mixed Mushroom, Kale & Soba Noodle Soup

Asian Mushroom & Soba Noodle Soup

A few years back I spent 10 days in Japan with a girlfriend from collage. We trekked around Tokyo, did the hot springs local-style in Hakone, got caught in a blizzard, navigated public transport, said sumimasen a thousand times and ate more soba noodles than you could imagine. When I got home I never wanted to see a noodle or a piece of sushi ever again... or so I thought. About three weeks later it was all I could think about. My insistence on 'must have soba like in Japan' led us to … [Read more...]

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Winter White Bean & Kale Soup

There is a saying in Australia - 'does what it says on the tin'. This is that, but without the tin. It is - depending on your hemisphere, the end or beginning of - winter, there is kale, and beans. Voila we have soup. I used proper dried white beans since I knew in the morning I wanted to make it for dinner, but canned works just fine. Kale is perfect but silverbeat, chard, or any dark leafy green would be just as good. Same deal wth the veggies - feel free to clean out the crisper. After … [Read more...]