sweet potato gratin with toasted nuts & parmesan

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Another basic method – any potato, root vegetable, squash or a combination would work. It’s all about the olive oil, cream, garlic – and lots of it, not to mention the rosemary. I find when the slices are arranged vertically, the mush factor that often happens when the slices are on top of each other, is averted. Add a little salty crunch at the end in the form of grated parmesan and toasted nuts, and you’ve got one tasty side dish. So venture forth this holiday season and when you’re asked to bring a dish – look no further!

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And wait for it – this becomes a delicious soup with the help of your food processor and a little water or stock.

sweet potato gratin soup

dukkah

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It’s time to liberate your snacking, seasoning and smack factor of everything that’s coming out of your kitchen – and here’s one way to do it. With its origin in Egypt, and the folks Down Under bringing it to our attention, dukkah is one compelling little concoction. So first a little history lesson – it’s “do-ka” and it means…

chocolate pudding cake

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When does it get any better than when chocolate, pudding and cake run into each other? I rest my case. I’m not sure what the magic is when the top becomes the bottom, and the bottom becomes the top, but it sure is a clever trick!

cauliflower roasted with garlic, ginger & turmeric

roasted cauliflower

Roasting cauliflower is the only way to eat it – the sugars caramelize which means big flavour, add an indian spiced spin and you have never seen cauliflower disappear so quickly.

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

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Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

flank steak seared with garlic & soy

flank steak

Flank steak is one of the easiest cuts of steak to prepare. Marinate in a little soy sauce, garlic and olive oil, sear over high heat, allow to rest and you have never tasted anything so delectable!

chia seeds

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Talk about superseding – these babies should be superseding all seeds and be crowned the super seed of all time. But first a little backstory – remember chia pets? If we’d only known we should’ve been eating the seeds instead of growing them, we may be a collectively smaller planet! Chia seeds are like little…

spicy buttermilk pan-fried chicken

spicy buttermilk pan-fried chicken

Spicy buttermilk pan-fried chicken is a true contender when it comes to standing up to the deep-fried variety. The buttermilk does the tenderizing, the spice brings the zing and the pan-frying brings it in without putting it on.

black bean soup with pork & veggies

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If you’re not a black bean lover, what are you waiting for? And black bean soup is the perfect place to start to convert you for good! Throw in a ham hock and you’re in smoky hog heaven!

bean salad trio

bean salad

A classic mixed bean salad is one of those recipes that belong in everyone’s top 10! It’s easy, it’s convenient, it’s frugal and it’s delicious – what more can you ask from any recipe!