Herb Flatbread with Roasted Veggies & Pesto

When people find out I love to cook one of the first questions they often ask is “whats the hardest thing you make”. Through practice I have discovered that if you add a few specific words to any dish you can make it sound impressively complicated and gourmet. Words such as braised, emulsion, puree and… 

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Banana Bread Energy Balls

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Do you have any secret food indulgences? Something you eat when no one is looking? I’m hoping that at least one person is answering yes to this question so I don’t feel like a complete food obsessed weirdo. My secret food indulgence is uncooked dough and batter. I like cookies but I LOVE cookie dough…. 

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

My version of adult Disneyland exists for just 5 days each June. It usually rains the entire time and after 3 hours I return home with an empty wallet and a very full belly, but for those 3 hours I feel like a little kid bursting with excitement, running from place to place while SA… 

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

I am not a breakfast person, not at all, not even a little. I know, I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, its good for your metabolism etc etc but it’s just not my thing. Give me a large americano and I will be as happy as a clam until lunch… 

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Coconut & Raisin Cookies

I’m willing to bet that the majority of you are currently looking at this recipe and thinking “Really Carmen? Could you not have come up with something more exciting than raisin cookies?” In my opinion raisin cookies get a bad rap, they are like the kid in gym class who always gets picked last when… 

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Grilled Nectarines with Salted Caramel Sauce & Coconut Cream

I can’t believe its officially September, I’m not ready yet! This is going to be one of those years when I will be dragged, kicking and screaming, into fall. I started the summer with grand aspirations of testing out all sorts of recipes for popsicles, ice cream, barbecued veggies, salads and chilled soups to share… 

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Caramelised Onion & Bacon Jam

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If you were to ask me to list 10 of my favourite foods, 3 items that would always make the list are: -Caramelized onions -Crisp Bacon -Jam So you can understand my jubilation (a word I save for only the most special of occasions) when I combined them together to create the ultimate condiment –… 

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Salt & Pepper Crackers

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Which foods do you regularly buy from the groccery store because making a homemade version is just too much work? For me, it is always bread and crackers. Don’t get me wrong, homemade bread is delicious, but between kneading the bajeezus out of the dough and praying that the dough rises, it has always been… 

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Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Prosciutto & Pine Nuts

I have a love/hate relationship with pesto. I love its vibrant green colour and its bold garlic flavour that works in perfect harmony with chunky bits of parmesan and toasted pine nuts. I also love pesto for its aromatic smell and that just a spoonful added to a sandwich, grilled meat or salad can completely transform… 

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Berry Clafoutis

Clafoutis…..for anyone struggling with that one, don’t be ashamed. SA regularly asks the lady at our local bakery for a Kala-fa-tis, this is usually met with a clueless blank stare “you mean a croissant?” Clafoutis (pronounced Kla-foo-tee) is a French dessert almost custard like in texture which resembles a cross between a very thick crepe and a flan…. 

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