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Take-to-work ideas: Barley Bread Sandwich

Barley bread is a drier loaf and therefore withstands getting soggy if prepared in advance. Make the sandwiches as close as possible to the time they are being served otherwise they may dry out and it is a pity if you are using bread that is very fresh.

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Sprouting Lentil Salad

the fresh taste of sprouting seeds added to any salad not only adds nutritional value but adds to the taste and texture and makes it even more visually attractive. This is a salad bursting with goodness and I particularly liked the lentil sprouting seeds from Antida and added them to a salad with daikon, mushrooms, carrots and baby spinach

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Egg free Christmas mincemeat Loaf with Buttermilk

‘Every year I save some of my Christmas Mincemeat to use the following year. The flavour matures and the taste improves over time and once we start to approach the beginning of November I like to use it up and make this egg free mincemeat loaf which is absolutely effortless but starts to remind me that Christmas is only round the corner. I made a variety of two different loaves this week, one in real time during the tv show.

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Coq au Vin Pie

‘Coq au vin is a perfect Autumn stew and I made an all-in-one version this week with very little effort practically cooked the ingredients all together in a large deep saucepan and then used the filling to make a pie. It is important to allow the filling to completely cool, preferably in the fridge before filling and baking the pie, to avoid a soggy crust, especially at the bottom. I used ready made shortcrust pastry. I find that sometime people are put off having to make pastry from scratch and this filling in a pie is just divine especially with the local twist of some Maltese sausage !

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Quick Greek Yogurt Pots with Raspberries and Pomegranate [low fat, reduced sugar, diabetic friendly]

‘There is no reason that this dessert cannot be called a ‘recipe’ because it so incredibly simple and just a matter of throwing some simple ingredients together. What makes a difference is to use a good Greek yoghurt and with pomegranates being in season locally, I chose a pomegranate and raspberry flavour’

Maltese Rabbit cooked in wine and garlic

‘It is a public holiday today dedicated to St Peter and St Paul when the feast of Mnarja is celebrated. Picnics and outdoor family celebrations are organised an one can enjoy the warm weather before it gets too hot. Traditionally rabbit is eaten today and the rabbit in one of my grandmother’s recipes is simmered in wine, herbs and garlic.’

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Orange Almond and Chocolate Cakes [gluten free, lactose free]

Maltese and Gozitan oranges come in all shapes, flavours and sizes, blood oranges with bright red flesh that taste very faintly of raspberries, some with big navels and no seeds, bitter Seville oranges brought to the island during Arab rule and in the open rambling countryside, you can find fragrant bergamot oranges

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Gluten-free Christmas Cake [lactose free]

‘This cake has no added refined sugar, no butter and no flour and I love the taste and texture. If you prefer it sweeter add some stevia

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Banana Yoghurt Bread or Muffins with no added fats

This is a cake with no added fats. It is a moist all-in-one cake, my type of cake, completely hassle-free to make. And banana bread is such a great way to use up all the over ripe fruit. I also add the juice of one lemon and it retains a very good