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OSSO BUCO WITH GREMOLADA & RISOTTO MILANESE

Date: 20 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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A traditional dish from Milan, Osso Buco is very easy to prepare.  There are two versions, the older and more traditional version is made with white wine whilst this one, which is more modern and popular is cooked in a rich tomato sauce.  Usually it is served with Risotto Milanese, made with Saffron, but many…

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SWEET & SAVORY SWEET POTATO & PORK CRUMBLE

Date: 19 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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The very first time I made this, I kinda wasn’t convinced how it would turn out …. a sweet crumble on top of something so savory? But oh my when it was baking … the smell of the cinnamon was heartbreaking!  And the taste, sweet with salty … lovely!  Do not be put off…first give…

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NO PASTRY & ALL VEGETABLE AUBERGINE LASAGNA

Date: 19 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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I know that thankfully, today we have available such a large variety of gluten free pasta, however, our pasta is still full of starches.  So if you are looking for something with less carbs, than this is perfect.  This lasagna uses aubergine slices in lieu of the pasta.  You will not even notice there is…

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DELICIOUS INDIAN SPICED ROAST CHICKEN & POTATOES

Date: 15 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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I must have been Indian in a previous life … as you may note I tend to make a lot of curries and add many spices to my dishes.  I do not like bland dishes like many do not like spicy ones.  So if you happen to be one of those who would shy away…

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NICE ‘N SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK

Date: 14 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Starters & Soups Comments

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I make nearly all my soups in the soup maker.  It is the greatest gadget ever really.  In under 30 minutes you have a delicious soup, whizzed smooth or else left chunky, however you prefer it.  You can still make any of my soups by literally throwing all the ingredients in a pot with stock…

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POTATO TOPPED, CHEESE & ONION OAT PIE

Date: 14 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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An interesting and different kind of pie.  Filling is mostly made with oats and crushed hazelnuts which is then combined with eggs, onions and cheddar cheese.  This is topped (which actually is the bottom as you will see) with scalloped potatoes, grilled to a lovely golden brown. Olive oil 25gr butter 2 large onions, sliced…

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MOUTHWATERING APPLE PIE WITH ALMONDS & BRANDY

Date: 14 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Desserts, Food, Sweets & Treats Comments

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Who doesn’t love Apple Pie, served warm with some vanilla ice cream on top?  Such a treat once in a while!  The filling is made with almond flour instead of flour to make it gluten free and which actually further improves the taste.  The pastry, a recipe by Mary from ‘Zero Glutine … 100% Bonta’,…

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DELICIOUS WATERMELON RIND AND SPINACH CURRY

Date: 12 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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Whenever we buy a watermelon, we usually slice it, remove the rind and just enjoy the delicious refreshing red flesh of this fruit, don’t we?  Well, next time, before you throw the rind in the bin like usual, do try this quick and easy recipe!  It is gluten free, vegetarian and vegan too! 350g Watermelon…

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HEARTY SALAMELLA, LENTIL & VEGETABLE SOUP

Date: 09 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Starters & Soups Comments

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This soup became a regular thing at home.  It had started as a Cabbage Soup, you know the one, whenever we start feeling guilty and always try to start the Cabbage Soup Diet.  Oh well, the intention is always there … Anyways, to make it more interesting and definitely not what you can now call…

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BAKED LOW CARB PARMESAN ZUCCHINI FRIES

Date: 03 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Savory Snacks & Nibbles Comments

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Ever missed chips but you keep away from them because you know you’ll feel too guilty afterwards?  Well, this is a healthy ‘cheat’ version of fries but still have all the ‘yumminess’ you crave.  And they are so simple to make too! 4 zucchini 1 egg, beaten 1/2 Gluten Free Corn Breadcrumbs 1/2 cup Grated…

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ZUCCHINI STUFFED WITH BROWN RICE & VEGGIES

Date: 03 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes Comments

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Zucchini is such a versatile vegetable, although, botanically, zucchini is actually a fruit!  Can be cooked in so many ways that are savory and also in sweets.  So it is no wonder it is unbelievably delicious in cakes, since it is a fruit, after all! A top favorite way is definitely stuffed zucchini.  Our traditional…

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SOPPA TAL-GWERRA OR TOQLIJA (WAR SOUP)

Date: 01 Sep 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Starters & Soups Comments

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Growing up, this soup was a staple in our household.  It is a very simple and basic soup and it was given the name ‘Soppa Tal-Gwerra’ (War Soup) by my dad but I do remember my mum calling it also ‘Toqlija’ (coming from the verb ‘Taqli’ which means to saute).  I guess they called it…

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