Mini Spinach and Feta Pies

Mini Spinach and Feta Pies, perfect for light meals and entertaining.

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When it comes to entertaining, it’s always good to have a few vegetarian options, and these Mini Spinach and Feta Pies are one of my stand-by options. As an Australian, I also have a fond affection for a party pie, so it is hard to host a party without making a batch of pies, vegetarian or otherwise.

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Classic Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

An easy and delicious recipe for a Classic Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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My husband and I tend to agree on most things, but something we cannot convince each other of is the perfect stage of ripeness for a banana. I like my bananas to be somewhat ripe – no hint of green on the peel and maybe just a speckle of brown here and there to indicate that it is good for eating. Monsieur, on the other hand, likes his bananas to camouflage with the avocados in the fruit bowl; and to clarify, I am referring to the brown variety of avocados, and not the ones with the lovely smooth green skin.

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Meyer Lemon Syrup Cake

A delicous and simple recipe for Meyer Lemon Syrup Cake

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I first came across the Meyer lemon when we were living in the US. I had frequently seen mention of them in American cookbooks and magazines, but I never really paid much attention until I saw them one day at the grocers. I bought them to use in place of normal lemons for a dish later that night, and upon slicing into the first lemon, I realised that I had made a crucial mistake. Whilst the skin was a golden yellow, the flesh was bright orange. Had I done my research, I would have known that a Meyer lemon was a cross between a common lemon and either an orange or a mandarin, thus explaining the orange hues. It follows that Meyer lemons are somewhat sweeter than ordinary lemons, and also much more fragrant with notes of orange blossom. They are a beautiful citrus fruit, perfect for use in cakes and desserts.

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Crêpes with Lemon & Sugar

A simple and delicious recipe for basic French crêpes.

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My husband hails from the French region of Brittany where crêpes are thought to have originated.  And so it goes without saying that, in this part of the world, it is completely acceptable to have pancakes at breakfast every morning, or even as a goûter, the French equivalent of afternoon tea.

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Vasilopita – Greek New Year’s Cake

Celebrate New Year’s Day with this delicious Greek Vasilopita New Year’s Cake.

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Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2016.

We love celebrating New Year’s Day with our Greek friends – a somewhat cosy affair which doubles as a belated Christmas celebration for the little ones but without the stress of Christmas Day itself. In the spirit of Greek family gatherings, there is always an abundance of deliciously-prepared food on offer, and always a Vasilopita – a Greek New Year’s Cake – to celebrate the first day of the year.

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