Beetroot Pudding (Beetroot Halva)

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You may have just done a double take. Beetroot PUDDING, I hear you ask, with horror in your voice? Yes, indeedy. You see, beetroots have a higher sugar content in them than most vegetables. They’re already partial to dessert; they take to extra sugar and ghee and milk like I take to wine. (Really.) Somebody recently told me that beetroots…

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Cherry Loaf Cake

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Recently my new foodie friend Martyna posted her recipe for delicious homemade cherry ripe bites which arrived promptly in my inbox. I read through it and wanted it instantly; although I’ve never eaten Cherry Ripe before, it sounds like the sort of chocolate I’d love. Besides, her other favourite chocolate bar is Bounty, which is also one of my favourite…

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Sunny Lemon Cake

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I don’t care who knows it, but I am an absolute _citrus fanatic_. I love _anything_ citrus; I mean, my favourite perfume is described as ‘woody, with notes of orange and grapefruit lending it a touch of spring’. I mean it. I adore everything to do with citrus. A friend had a birthday recently and I was asked to ‘rustle…

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Lamingtons

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When I first travelled to Australia in the late nineties, Sydney didn’t have as vibrant a food scene as it does today. But what it did have were new things for me to discover and fall in love with. I learned to love vegemite on buttered toast, and Tim Tams were obviously too gorgeous to resist. But my favourite discovery…

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Hot Potato Masala Bites

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The weather’s changed recently. Late summer has slowly given way to a complaining and stuttering monsoon. The newspapers are full of reports of the monsoon failing this year, and drought has been predicted in several parts of the country. Having said that, it doesn’t feel different from last year. I’m comfortable enough to work quietly in my study with just…

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Gopal’s Famous Veggie Nut Burgers

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My family became vegetarian when I was in my pre-pubescent years and I continued to be vegetarian until my early twenties. Fortunately I grew up in a culture that celebrates and glorifies vegetables; south Indian vegetarian cuisine is famous the world over for a reason. But I was also doubly blessed to have a culinary adventuress for a mother; she…

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Easy Peanut Butter

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I can’t remember the first time I ate peanut butter; I used to read Dennis the Menace comic strips as a child (and we all know how much Dennis loved his ‘peanut butter and jelly sammiches’) and I’m pretty sure my first fascination with peanut butter started then. I clamoured for a PB&J of my own; not a staple in…

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Soft Doughy Buns

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Let’s just think about those words for a second. Soft. Doughy. Buns. Happiness on a plate. Joy on a baking tray. Perfection in the kitchen. Love in the air. Yes, I know. You get it. I get it too. I have a love affair with dough. It’s not just a love affair; it’s also an endless fascination. The act of…

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Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Babies

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It turns out that one of the most challenging things about food blogging is coming up with names for the things you’ve just invented. So plain old ‘Chocolate Biscuits’ wouldn’t do for me; I also didn’t want to go down the ‘Best Ever Chocolate Biscuit’ route. I think the words ‘best ever’ are subjective, like beauty; something that may be…

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Gooseberry Cheesecake

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I’m not entirely sure when I came up with this madcap idea. Not the gooseberry cheesecake; that was a truly inspired idea. (More on that in a bit.) No – when did I decide that it would be okay, in my mid-thirties, to follow a mad foodie dream? I’ve begun taking orders for cupcakes over at my cupcake-making business and…

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