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Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Potato Chowder

My favourite comfort food.

My slow cooker potato chowder only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

For non-vegetarians

Garnish it with bacon strips, and/or turn it into a prawn (shrimp) chowder by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking. Read more

Huevos a la flamenca (Eggs flamenco)

Huevos a la Flamenca

Huevos a la flamenca (Eggs flamenco)

Huevos a la flamenca, also known as Eggs flamenco or  Andalusian baked eggs, is a traditional Spanish dish, with many regional variations.

The basic recipe for huevos a la flamenca is to gently fry onions, garlic, tomatoes and peppers, add a pinch of paprika, salt and pepper, crack eggs over the mixture, add your choice of herbs and bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks still soft.

Easy, quick, filling and delicious.  Serve with crusty bread or garlic bread fresh out of the oven for a substantial meal.

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

Brie in Puff Pastry and Baked Brie are both easy to make – really easy –  and look special on a cheese platter, or  with a selection of appetisers.

My favourite is the basic recipe for Brie en Croute below, but if you’d like something a little different, the options to adapt brie en croute to suit your own taste are endless.  Read more

Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Top a buttered baguette or crusty roll with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney and you have a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch.

When making your Ploughman’s Lunch, select your cheese first, and build the rest of the meal around it.

Add your favourite condiments, build up your sandwich with your choice of extras and you’ll have an quick, easy vegetarian lunch that will carry you through to dinner.

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Vegetarian tacos

Vegetarian tacos

Stuck for dinner inspiration? Or do you just want to get in and out of the kitchen fast?  Think tacos.

Add a few refrigerator and pantry staples to microwaved taco shells, and in 20 minutes you’ll be enjoying a crowd pleasing,  healthy meal.

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Dairy-free strawberry smoothie

A fast-prep, healthy and nourishing desk breakfast, breakfast on the go or snack. 3 ingredients and only 1 minute to prepare. Dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly.

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Shortcut Mushroom Prawn Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Shortcut mushroom prawn pasta bake

A quick, easy and versatile pasta bake, based on an off-the-shelf pasta sauce.  Serve with a salad and bread for an easy and balanced meal.

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Curried prawns and rice

An old favourite. Vintage 1970s.

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

An easy, healthy and warming slow cooker enchilada soup with only 10 mins hands-on prep time.  Simmer stock, enchilada sauce,  onion, tomato, garlic and chili in a crock pot and top with tortilla strips, tasty cheese, lime wedges and your choice of garnish.

For non-vegetarians

Add prawns (shrimp) or shredded cooked chicken half an hour before end of cooking time OR heat and add to individual bowls immediately before serving.  Details are in the recipe below.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Pure comfort food. An easy-to-follow scalloped potatoes recipe with potatoes, cream and cheese baked to perfection. Read more