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Here’s a couple of foodie gifts I made this week – very easy and Xmassy. If you’re keen to do something home made but haven’t quite got there, you still have time for these.
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When spring comes around I am put in mind of a little rhyme that my Dad taught me when I was little. I thought it was hilarious and would repeat it ad nauseum. I recited it to my little one yesterday and she obviously also has the sophisticated sense of humour I possessed at her age…

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the birdies is? Some say the bird is on the wing, but that’s absurd! The wing is on the bird 🙂
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It was a bit last minute as we weren’t going to have a party for Lola’s 3rd birthday due to kitchen renovations taking over our house and lives at the moment. However I had mother guilt at 4 in the morning just before her birthday so I hastily invited the extended family over for cake and bubbles in the afternoon of the Monday public holiday.
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I’ve been dying to do this post – waiting until I’d had all three dishes before I could reveal to the world this neat little idea. A couple of weeks ago I came across a recipe to cook up a stack of lamb shanks which I then made into three different meals. I really liked the idea and it was a great success.
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For many years broccoli was simply something I ate steamed as a side serve with other foods. Occasionally I might tart it up a bit by tossing it in a little melted butter and sprinkling it with toasted almonds but essentially it was a green veggie that I didn’t do much with. Don’t get me wrong, I really like broccoli and I especially like the stalk which has a lovely sweetness to it – when I was younger and very very suspicious of vegetables I would only eat the stalk because I didn’t like the texture of the florets in my mouth!
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It’s a funny thing how you can make the same dish a hundred times and then suddenly you make the perfect one. I guess it’s called practice 🙂
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Surrounded by bubbling pots, steaming up the kitchen windows, I feel a little like the magicians apprentice as I try out every soup in the book (s), not entirely sure what the outcome is going to be.
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