Salt and pepper squid

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Squid and I have a funny relationship.  I really like squid but don’t (before now) make it at home.  This is because the couple of times I have tried to cook it, I have ended up with rubber.  And I don’t get much encouragement from Maus.  Maus is not a fan of squid or seafood, generally, for that matter.

Because of the above, and the fact that seafood is good for me,  whenever I see squid on a restaurant menu,  I order it.  I am sure all my friends and rellies think I love squid. Continue reading

A blast from the past … if ever there was one.

 

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It has been ages since I made a dish like this.  In fact, I am pretty confident it has been, at least, 30 years.

That means these avocado bowls have been sitting in my cupboard, unused, for 30 years.  I can hardly believe it.  They were a Christmas gift from my sister, Juanita, when avocado entrées were all the rage.  They were used regularly, at the time, but had long since been forgotten. Continue reading

Tuna and warm potato salad

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It is summer-glut time and this year it is beans, beans and more beans.  I didn’t have many last year but, this year, it is beans galore and they all seem to have come at once.  Off to Eat Your Books I went and typed “beans”!  I wanted either a pasta dish or a salad.  I found quite a few recipes worth trying, including this one.  It was a real jackpot.  It is dead easy to make, a meal in itself and very tasty.  We have already had it twice this summer.

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See … People do read blogs

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The other day I was reading a post by John, from The Bartolini Kitchens, and the penny dropped.

John mentioned that he loved to make jam but wasn’t too keen on eating jam and toast.  I smiled as I read that because I am the same.  I can’t possibly throw out excess fruit so I make preserves and then we end up with jars and jars of jam that take us years to consume.  My melon, lemon and ginger jam I made this time last year comes to mind.  It tastes great but we have probably only eaten two jars in one year.

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Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad with Coconut Dressing

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It is amazing how things turn out.  Little did I know when I wrote my very first post, ‘Passionfruit Syrup’, that it would turn out to be my most popular.  Nor did I know, a post on a very simple salad,  ‘Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad‘, would be my second most popular.  (For the curious: my third most popular is ‘International Scone Week 2012’.  I made pumpkin scones.) Continue reading

Tuna and Spinach Patties

I visited my friend, Deb, a while back and, as I was leaving, she handed me several recipes.  “You might like to try these”, she said.  Deb likes to read recipes – she is not quite so keen on cooking them:)

One of the recipes caught my eye because it required spinach.  We are overwhelmed with silverbeet, at the moment, and I thought we could replace the spinach with silverbeet. Continue reading