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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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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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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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Bolognese – everyone makes it, everyone loves it. Some (traditionally) use milk, some use diced beef, ragu style. Here’s my version that I’ve tweaked over many years.
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orrechiette with broccoli

Who doesn’t love pasta? With its tender/firm texture and natural affinity for a never-ending range of sauces,  it’s the star of quick and easy dishes (assuming you aren’t making it from scratch). I’m all for a modern take on pasta dishes with few ingredients but many of the simplest dishes are traditional – like orrechiette with broccoli.
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Cooking magazines are such a cheap indulgence (depending on the level of your addiction) and I’m just a sucker for a great cover. The autumn Donna Hay magazine drew me in with the gorgeous layered chocolate cake on the cover but the dish that won my heart is the divine pork, apple, and thyme meatballs.
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So I had half a cauliflower in the fridge that I bought on a whim because they are looking so good at the moment, being in season as they are. Whole cauliflowers were actually going out cheaper than halves and I just couldn’t spend more and get less. Naturally I immediately thought of cauliflower cheese which led me to think about macaroni cheese and then I thought  – why not combine them! Of course I wasn’t the first person to think of this (even though I felt inspired).
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