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Gluten-free Cacao Breakfast Muffins

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The lovely folks over at The Chocolate Tree and The Soul Tree sent me a huge hamper of their products to sample. Though I made quick work of their handmade honeycomb chocs and topcoated rice cakes, I am not even halfway through the basket. Such generosity! Along with a sampler of their snack range, they included ...

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Free Eid Printables 2016: Wrapping Paper, Treat Box and Envelope

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For this year's free Eid printables, I came up with minimalist monochrome designs that are within crafting reach of anyone with a home printer, a pair of scissors and some type of adhesive. They're also simple enough for kids to put together.   The printables include a mini treat box (based on these ones from last year), a ...

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Cinnamon Phirni Drink

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I've been seeing so many Horchata recipes popping up in my feeds and its fundamental flavours reminded me so much of some of the Indian desserts I grew up with. I was particularly taken back to Phirni, a milk-based pudding lightly set with either rice flour or semolina. I found a recipe in an early edition of ...

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Salad Toss: Baby Spinach and Cranberry Reduction

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Cranberries, with their sweet and tart personalities, are a bit like the extroverts at a party; at ease in savoury situations, and just as good for when things get syrupy. I always seem to have dried cranberries on hand, and often use them in salads and bakes. They also feature prominently in my Cranberry & Walnut cream ...

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Barley and Wheat Rotis

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The addition of barley flour to this flatbread makes for a tasty textured, somewhat nutty departure from a regular roti. If you're not super-pedantic about rolling out neatly circumferenced rounds, these don't take much time to prepare. Barley and Wheat Rotis Makes 8 rotis 1 cup barley flour 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup yoghurt 1 TBSP vegetable oil pinch of salt additional flour for ...

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Breakfast Butternut Madeleines

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  A generous serving of butternut mash leftover from last night's supper got me thinking about how I could use it for breakfast. I came across a promising recipe for butternut waffles and wondered what would happen if I substituted oats, barley and almonds for the wholewheat and buckwheat flours. On cooking my first waffle, I realised my ...

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Coffee Love: Free A3 Poster Prints

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  To know me is to know that I am an absolute coffee devotee. After a bit of wordsmithing and graphic designing, I give you these posters; my humble oblations at the altar of that holy bean. I hope you enjoy displaying them as much as I loved creating them. I've designed these to print at A3. You can ...

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Vegan Barley Shortbread

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I am currently fixated on using barley flour in my baked goods. This whole grain is fibre-rich, lower in calories than regular grains and beneficial for those prone to insulin resistance. I have also just discovered the alchemical wonder that is coconut butter. Unlike coconut oil, its butter incorporates the flesh of the coconut. And it's ...

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