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The day after our big Thanksgiving day feast, I was already thinking about what to make for Christmas. Sad but true! And this veggie pie is going to be the main event. The test run was so tasty, I might even be making it on Thanksgiving next year instead of the dreaded bird…

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Spend too much time in the kitchen cooking them! But hey, it’s autumn so being in a warm kitchen making yummy-smelling food which might even keep you fed over winter isn’t so bad…

apples

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This was the perfect quick autumn meal the other night – lighter than winter stews and roasts but heavier than a summer salad, it’s filling, tasty, and a great way to use up herbs and greens from the garden or the shop…

herb and greens pie

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Is this a problem other people have? Possibly not, cause I’m a bit weird and I don’t really eat much bread so I don’t eat much toast and jam. But I’ve gotten really into making preserves over the past couple years so I end up with jars and jars of the stuff. Of course I give most of it away to friends, but you feel like you ought to keep one jar of each variety you make and even that ends up being loads more than I’ll ever eat. So here I am about to move house and trying to clear out the fridge – there are jars and jars of condiments that I refuse to throw away because I really love my condiments ok? So I decided to find some tasty recipes to finish off all those jars of jam instead!

bakewell tart
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Moving house is a strange little ritual. We all seem to do the same thing I think. You start packing up and there’s all this stuff you completely forgot existed hidden away in drawers and shelves and closets. Things you literally haven’t thought of since you last moved so why are they still getting carted around with you? And there’s so freakin much of it. So you start throwing things out but then you get sidetracked looking through old photos for hours and forgetting you were supposed to be packing… So most of the time you end up just throwing it all in a box and taking it with you again.

Anyway, in my piles of old photos were some pics from my semester studying abroad in Argentina, which gave me the perfect excuse to avoid packing again and do some cooking instead!

empanadas

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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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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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