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Cauliflower as ugly duckling: a history Cauliflower is the ugly-duckling-turned-swan of the food world. This is indisputable. You may be thinking, “Whoa, hang on a sec. Isn’t kale still king? Aren’t we still talking about kale?… Hey, should I be making cauliflower crisps now?” Yes, yes and here you go. But, whereas kale is a relative newcomer to …

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How can a recipe with no chicken and no mayo be a chicken salad? You would be surprised. White beans, avocado mayo, and the usual suspects of celery, salad onions, tarragon and nuts (in this case, pecans) give a credible imitation without involving our cluckin’ lovely feathered friends. When I first started thinking about making this I was merrily carrying my coat over …

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Naturally gluten-free and as near-as-damn-it to a healthy but actually nice tasting, and not entirely made of coconuts, avocados and dates, blondie as one could possibly make. Indeed, they have passed the all-important kid and pensioner test. You are welcome. I’m not here to torture you. Honestly. I’m actually a pretty nice person. If you were behind …

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If you can eat a whole bag of heart-stoppingly expensive vegan “cheese” kale chips without pausing for sharing, or breathe, this is the recipe for you. Add in the fact that it is a bit spicy, a bit “ranchy” (which my MacBook desperately wants to be “raunchy”) and we have a serious contender for favourite snack ever. Raw-ish, …

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A glowing, richly flavoured easy dish with oodles of nutrients and plant goodness. The cinnamon-pomegranate dressing pulls it all together and makes it more than the sum of its parts. Vegan and naturally gluten-free.  Winter is brooding, low and heavy, across much of the Northern Hemisphere. While tenement-deep drifts of snow plague places like Minnesota …

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This post is part of a blog collaboration on healthy comfort foods and recipes, as well as thoughts on comfort beyond the kitchen. Links to the other participants’ articles are below my recipe.  Comfort food is always a buzzword in the cooler, darker months. Go to any restaurant and there will be a section marked ‘comfort foods’ to choose from: sticky …

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Hopping from family gathering to party to dinner. Zapping in and out of airports and train stations. Catering like a boss for family and friends. Too.Many.Cocktails. The holiday season definitely takes its toll. Not only on one’s routine and normal diet, but also one’s  motivation to get back to real life – which unfortunately isn’t fruit-spiked …

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I had hoped to come up with something profound to say on the subject du jour: New Year, New You. I might have gone on about fresh starts, turning over new leaves (leafs?), spring cleaning your diet/life/soul/refrigerator (maybe I should do the latter, if only as a good incentive to actually  do it). But, to be …

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Tis the season to try new recipes! I know we tend to make the same foods every year for Christmas. And there is nothing at all wrong with that. Christmas is the perfect time to honour the recipes of our forebears, maybe giving them a modern or healthier tweak. I cook for a small but …

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Homemade lasagne is one of the most glorious of comfort dishes to both prepare and eat. On a dreich and blustery day, pulling out the hand-crank pasta machine, turning its spindly handle and processing a lump of dough into silky sheets of pasta is a deeply satisfying and quite magical experience. Not much can touch the original form …

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