Cumquat season
Jul20

Cumquat season

Have you ever tried a fresh cumquat? It’s an experience. It’s the only citrus fruit where the whole fruit can be popped into the mouth and eaten. Weirdly, the skin and pith are very sweet and the flesh is extremely sour and both parts are required to balance the flavours. I love slicing up cumquats and adding them to salads. It adds a wonderful citrus-y brightness to every mouthful. However, a little goes a long way with...

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Tutorial – Tricolour wreath
Jun28

Tutorial – Tricolour wreath

Need a quick decoration idea for an upcoming celebration? Then you might want to consider this wreath that you can print and fold yourself. You will need 12 sheets of paper, the PDF download from below a colour printer, a gluestick some Blu-Tack or double sided tape. Each folded knot is 3 5/8 inch in width and it makes a 13 inch wreath. I got the idea for the basic folded knot shape from a mathematics book of all things. It was...

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Empanada – Easy Peasy Spanish Pastry Pie
Apr28

Empanada – Easy Peasy Spanish Pastry Pie

I first ate empanada at my friend Veronica’s place. Her family comes from the north of Spain and her mother makes a great empanada. She showed me how she makes it and it’s her recipe that I have shared  here with you. It makes a great dinner served with a salad. This is a recipe that can be made ahead of time  as it’s delicious cold. Don’t skip the step to rest the dough after kneading. A well rested dough...

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Snapshot – Gardens in Singapore
Apr22

Snapshot – Gardens in Singapore

I was in Singapore recently and, while I didn’t plan to, I ended up visiting two very different gardens the two days I was there. One was Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Beautifully designed and maintained gardens built on reclaimed land. It has quickly become a huge tourist attraction for the island nation. I was taken there around sunset so that I could catch the daily light show that takes places at the super trees....

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Banana bread
Apr11

Banana bread

I had a whole heap of overipe bananas at home and instead of letting it go to waste I decided to make some banana bread. We haven’t had any in a long time and I think it was time for some.   However, when I went to gather my ingredients, I found I was out off butter. I’d finished it last week making a cake and hadn’t had time to go out and get some. I didn’t feel like rushing out to the supermarket so I...

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