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Mojito

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Mojito

Happy Friday peeps! Tonight’s cocktail is a mojito.

The mojito is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails.   Invented in the late 1500s by one of Francis Drake’s pirate associates, the original concoction was named “El Draque” after  Drake.  Its name comes from the African word “mojo“, which means “to place a little spell“. Read more

Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

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Broccoli and cheese quiche

Use a frozen flan case and cut prep time down to 10 minutes.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread for an easy after-work dinner. Read more

Grasshopper Cocktail

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Grasshopper

A Grasshopper is a sweet, minty after-dinner drink believed to have been invented in the 1920s by Philip Guichet, the owner of New Orleans bar Tujague, during a cocktail competition. Read more

Daiquiri

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Daiquiri

Dust off your vintage cocktail glasses people  – today’s cocktail is a classic Daiquiri.

History buffs will be interested to know that the basic recipe for a Daiquirí is similar to the grog British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s onwards.  200 years later, Daiquiris became the tipple of choice for Ernest Hemingway, who whiled away so much time drinking them he has one named after him. Read more

Vegetarian split pea soup – slow cooker

Vegetarian split pea soup slow cooker flexitarian blog flexitarian recipe

10 minutes hands on work is all it takes to make this slow cooker vegetarian split pea soup. Serve with crusty bread, or a grilled sandwich for a more substantial meal.

Suitable for freezing, or make ahead and store in the refrigerator for a day or two. Read more

Pumpkin Soup Collection

 

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Nine easy and delicious pumpkin soups for lunch, dinner, to make ahead and reheat at work, or to freeze for a busy night (but add the cream later).

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Get your tiki on, it’s Mai Tai time!

 

 

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Aloha peeps and Happy Friday!

Today’s cocktail takes us back to the Tiki culture of the 1940s.

Both Victor Bergeron (the founder of Trader Vic’s restaurants) and Don Beach, also known as “Don the Beachcomber” lay claim to having invented the Mai Tai.  While we don’t know who mixed the first Mai Tai, we do know the drink  originated in one or the other of their Tiki bars during the 1940s and has remained popular ever since. Read more

Mushroom, brie and spinach pie

Brie, mushroom and spinach pie flexitarian blog flexitarian recipe

The perfect weeknight meal, my mushroom, brie and spinach pie is  easy and delicious , with  the richness of the mushroom and brie balanced by the fresh  baby spinach and aromatic rosemary leaves. With only 8 ingredients, it’s  quick to prep and get into the oven.

And you can use ready made puff pastry sheets, pre-packed sliced mushrooms and garlic paste,  for a perfect result with minimal effort.

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Salty Dog

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Happy Friday friends –

I couldn’t resist the name of today’s cocktail – Salty Dog.   Read more

Tomato and Mushroom Flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

Tomato and mushroom flan

This recipe is based on a Pampas Pastry recipe that I’ve had for years.  If you make too much filling for the pie case, you can refrigerate it for a day or two and use it in an omelette.  It’s good for lunch, supper or dinner and only takes 10 mins to prep.  Read more