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By: Kate | June 01, 2016

For many years it has been my mission to spread this recipe to as many people as possible. It began life in a humble school fund-raising cookbook as an apple cake. My clever Nan soon adapted it to a chocolate cake. I shared the recipe with my friends, who started coming back saying "I made this with pear instead" or "I tried this with orange and rosewater." As its fan base has grown, so has the list of variations. 

 

The recipe below is for a ring-shaped cake, but I also make it as cupcakes or muffins, as a flat dessert cake in a quiche dish, and double it for a large birthday cake. Several variations are delicious served as a hot dessert with cream or custard. It be transformed into healthy-ish lunchbox treats by substi...

Category: Food and drinks 

Tags: Simplicity Cake 

By: Kate | November 19, 2015

Big hearty salads are great! They can:

  • form a main meal, on their own or by combining a few of them, serving them with soup or with grilled meat/fish/mushrooms,etc.
  • be made in advance to dive into at any time
  • last a few days in the fridge, covering several meals
  • make great packed lunches and picnic foods
  • pad out a feast when you have a last-minute panic that you won't have enough food for everyone
  • be just the thing for really hot weather
  • boost your health
  • be easily adapted to suit your tastes.

I've shared some of my ideas for substantial salads here. I'd love to hear yours.

Category: Food and drinks 

Tags: Salad 

By: Kate | October 22, 2015

For many years it has been my mission to spread this recipe to as many people as possible. It began life in a humble school fund-raising cookbook as an apple cake. My clever Nan soon adapted it to a chocolate cake. I shared the recipe with my friends, who started coming back saying "I made this with pear instead" or "I tried this with orange and rosewater." As it's fan base has grown, so has the list of variations. 


The recipe below is for a ring-shaped cake, but I also make it as cupcakes, as a flat dessert cake in a quiche dish, and double it for a large birthday cake.  Several variations are delicious served as a hot dessert with cream or custard. It be transformed into healthy-ish lunchbox treats by substituting whol...

Category: Food and drinks 

Tags: Cake 

By: Kate | October 07, 2015

The name may evoke the image of a toga-clad chicken, staggering along the kitchen bench gasping 'Et tu, Brute?' but this is just my version of Jill Dupleix's "screamingly simple stew" from her sublime Old Food. The quantities below serve 4, but it freezes so well it is worth making a big batch. 


(If you prefer the toga option, I won't judge you...)


Ingredients:

Around 700g chicken thighs, chopped into large chunks

1-2 slices of bacon, diced

1/2 cup of red wine

4-6 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 large red capsicums, cut into thick strips

Dried or fresh thyme

Salt and pepper

Fresh parsley, chopped


Method:

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot and brown chicken pieces.

Add bacon and cook for a few minutes.
Add wine and let it bubble for a few more mi...

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Tags: Recipe 

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