biscotti with oatmeal, orange, figs & walnuts

I’ve gone bonkers for biscotti – as will you when you realize that you can add anything to the basic batter – I like replacing some of the flour with oatmeal –adds crunch and flavour not to mention whole-grain goodness. When I discovered a bag of dried figs hibernating in the back of my fridge – I got to thinking. First, the figs were more than dried so here’s a neat trick to breathe new life back into dried fruit that could double as a rock. Set what you need in a colander or sieve over simmering water for a few minutes – and presto, pliable chewy dried fruit has entered the building!

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biscotti with chocolate & hazelnuts

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Discover the brilliance of biscotti – they can be flavoured up in dozens of ways, so make up a batch, add what you like, bake, slice and bake again and you’ve got yourself a satisfying crunchy snack for weeks to come.

zucchini or (broccoli) fritters with scallions & goat cheese

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Fabulous fritters! And the most important thing to remember is – please, please, pleeeease don’t let a fritter recipe take you down, meaning the only thing that must make it into a vegetable fritter is the vegetable, flour, egg and s&p – any special flavourings, cheeses or other additions are merely extras and should not stop you from frying up a fritter!

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

biscotti with spices, almonds & oatmeal

Biscotti are one of the easiest cookies to make, and the flavour combos are virtually endless. Understand that biscotti is a method and when it comes to add-ins – anything goes. And by anything I’m talking nuts, dried fruit, herbs & spices – there alone, are 100’s of combinations.

salmon grilled with dijon, honey & soy

salmon grilled

The perfect way to prepare salmon is on the grill – with a quick marinade of dijon, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic & blue agave – the secret is touch it as little as possible – once when you put it on, once when you flip it and once when you take it off!

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

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.

zucchini, chocolate, coconut, nut bread

zucchini bread with chocolate, coconut & pistachios

Zucchini transforms quick bread to a moister loaf than even added fat could provide! Get grating zucchini and rescue any quick bread recipe from dry & boring to moist & glorious with this simple addition – even a handful of grated zucchini will bring much needed moistness to many a quick bread recipe – now that’s using your zucchini!

corn on the cob with garlic & lime

corn roasted in a pan with citrus

Corn and the cob can be enjoyed like it came hot off the grill, but didn’t! Thanks to a hot pan, you can roast it to caramelized perfection, as if it did. It sears up beautifully right on your stove-top, ready for whatever you’d like to throw at it.

lemon summer squash soup

lemon summer squash soup

Lemon summer squash soup is fast, delicious and a great addition to your soup repertoire!