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Quiche is quite possibly my favourite thing to cook. I went through a period of quite a few months where I was making quiche about once a week. I kept tweaking the recipe, trying different doughs, different fillings and just generally being amazed by how easy it is to throw a quiche together yet how good it looks and tastes, how versatile it is to take for lunch or to a party, to eat hot or cold, with just about any kind of salad you can imagine. If you’ve never made one, now is the time to start!

leek and mushroom quiche
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I haven’t done much gluten-free cooking before so when a coeliac friend invited us round and asked us to bring a dish, I thought it was a good excuse to try something new. And then I got a bit over-enthusiastic as usual so ended up making three things to bring! Oy vey. I blame it on having too much time on my hands over the holidays, it’s so cold and grim out there, I just end up sitting round the house and coming up with more things to cook! Oh well, it all seems to get eaten somehow…

peppers
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I can’t stand throwing out food. I’m not quite sure when I became so fanatical about it – I definitely wasn’t as a kid, I still remember the standoffs where I’d be sat at the dining room table for hours while I stubbornly refused to eat my dinner. But something changed over the years and now I can’t bear to see any food go in the bin, in fact I quite enjoy the challenge of ensuring everything gets used up before it goes off (which can even stretch to scraping a bit of mold off the bread now and then, mmm!)

So as usual I made far too much rice when cooking our Christmas day banquet, so I decided to make a Caribbean vegetable curry the next day to use it up.

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Not one, not two but five sides to accompany my Caribbean vegetable patties! It’s Christmas after all and I’ve always been a bit of an over-achiever…

caribbean sides

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Mexican food is probably my favourite type of food in the world. So it’s a bit of a shame that I live in the UK where it’s pretty tough to find a decent Mexican restaurant, let alone the ingredients to make a meal at home. But this is a pretty tasty substitute when you want a quick meal.

mexican wrap

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Christmas this year is going to be Caribbean! We had a huge roast dinner with family and friends on Thanksgiving and there’s only two of us for Christmas this year, so it was time for something a bit different. I’ve had the idea of making some ‘jerk halloumi’ in my head for a few weeks – I know, I know, can the best cheese in the world get better? Answer: Yes. It can. So I knew I just needed to think of some other Caribbean dishes to make up this year’s Christmas dinner.

Step one: preparing some vegetarian Jamaican patties…

vegetable patties

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Back in October I went foraging for sloe berries for the first time. Foraging seems to be more and more popular at the moment and I had no trouble getting together a group of friends to join me!  We all went home and made sloe gin from our berries and Christmas is the traditional time to take that first sip you’ve been waiting for…

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