Mixed Baby Tomato & Quinoa Salad with Steamed Halibut

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I suppose you could say that it really doesn’t take much effort to put a salad together, and there’s probably no need to blog about it… but I just feel like there are days when you CANNOT think of something different… You want to make that salad… you want to use what you have.. but not just throw it all together and dress it with olive oil and lemon… there’s nothing wrong with that at all.. but you just NEED to do something a little more imaginative.. even if it’s just for YOU!

Mixed Baby Tomato & Quinoa Salad with steamed Halibut

So this was one of those days… And I am so thankful on those days, to have easy, comprehensive cookbooks to refer to.. like Jamie’s 15 minute meals one… I’ll be honest… a lot of the recipes I’ve tried have taken a bit longer than 15 minutes!!!! This salad…. around 20 minutes… but maybe I’m a slow-poke 😉 It all started with these little jewels..

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Edamame & Coriander Hummus

Hummus is one of my FAVOURITE snacks! Lately it’s being made not only with chickpeas, its original owner, but with all kinds of other beans and veggies too… I’ve done a roasted butternut squash hummus, an original chickpea one… and not THIS here… edamame hummus!

Edamame & Coriander Hummus

Edamame & Coriander Hummus

Ideal for snack on the go… lunchbox fillers….a side dish, starter… anything really!
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Sugar Snow Brownie Biscuits!

Sugar Snow Brownie BIscuits

These have been named by my little Jiya, my 6 year old daughter… just thought I’d mention that 😉

Sugar Snow Brownie BIscuits

The minute she saw that there was icing sugar involved in this recipe, she said, ” it’s going to snow!!”…. and she dove her finger into the bowl of sweet, soft sugar! These are the perfect combination of soft, chewy biscuit (or cookie)… and fudgy brownies… its WIN WIN, as I say!!! You cannot go wrong with this recipe, it’s just going to make you happy …. I know I say this A LOT…. and I am extremely repetitive…. but listen… there are just some really simple things out there that are intended for full on sweet happiness…. these are those things…

Sugar Snow Brownie BIscuits

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Short Cut Chicken Biryani… for Busy Bees!

Shortcut Chicken Biryani for busy bees!

Shortcut Chicken Biryani for busy bees!

Have I ever told you how much I love this stuff?? My husband and I are just MASSIVE fans of biryani! He loves his mums Biryani which, I have to say, is just scumptious, but sadly, too far away for us to savour it….And I have fond memories of spicy biryani eaten on banana leaves in iconic restaurants in Bangalore…at friends’ homes… always packed with so much flavour…

It’s a funny thing though, this biryani business… I know it should be as authentic as possible, and take ages to to put together, with all the gazillion cooking processes etc… But I also think that there are days when you just need to be practical and fuss-free, but still want that deep, aromatic dish… and why not? It CAN be done!! Read more