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Small Serving of Yummy Apple Pie Samosa

These apple pie samosas or parcels are quite fast to put together and use a tart apple, such as a Granny Smith here in Australia - or a green apple.

The combination of apples and cream is another delectable one!

This is another recipe that you don't end up with enough food to "feed an army", and that is what I concentrate on mainly in my recipes.  Who wants to eat the same meal over and over!  With many of my recipes, quantities are for 2 or 3 so if you are alone, you can freeze one, or if there are just two of you at home, it is convenient and no wastage, and no eating the same meal several times!

I mostly use coconut sugar in my baking as this is a natural product, unrefined and much healthier than ordinary processed sugar.

These parcels are, in comparison to a lot of desserts, a fairly low calorie treat and perfect if you need something to stop the sweet cravings.  I have added cream as cream is one of my weaknesses however they are still very nice without the cream.

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Easy Peasy Pear Slaw - a Salad

PEARS - they are so versatile!

They are another food that can be used with both sweet and savoury meals, and can be integrated, like their cousin, the apple, into many salads.

As I had bought far too many pears and no one seemed to be eating them, I decided to try to make a salad with them and after several attempts, this is the final one.

The slight sweetness of the pear, and it was not very ripe, just went so well with the other ingredients I ended up putting in this salad.  You could make up your own dressing, as I tried to make this sort of a "Thai" dressing - this is the term I give many meals that have fish sauce in them!

I also often add things that I grow myself in my garden and chili, coriander, and spring onions, as well as the unstoppable mint, are just some of these.

So, here it is - my version of cold slaw but with the added ingredient of a PEAR, which, incidentally, is also healthy!

The first night I had this with my home made gozleme, and the second I had it w…

Broccoli and Apple Salad

This is a quick and easy salad, and is a healthy and tasty accompaniment to any meal.

You could really add your own ingredients, however these all went very well together.

I grow spinach in my yard, so I often use it raw in salads, and for this recipe I bought broccolini as I find this nicer than broccoli, especially when raw and in a salad.

I used a Pink Lady apple and any sweet, crisp and fresh apple would work.  Currently apples are fresh and extremely good and juicy, which works well in this recipe.

You could also vary the dressing to your own taste.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: No cooking
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
¾ bunch broccolini
1 small Pink Lady apple, sliced thinly
2 radishes, sliced thinly
About 40 g baby spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
About ¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tsp mustard - I used wholegrain
1 tbsp chives, chopped
Small handful of pecans, chopped - or other nuts

Instructions:
Cut the stalks from the broccoli into smaller pieces, and cut the broccoli into florets.

Put th…

Barley & Rice with Prawns & Smoked Salmon

Barley and brown rice with honey soy prawns and smoked salmon is an unusual recipe.

I have used staples that I always have in the pantry and thrown them in together to make a delicious meal!

This is a healthy recipe with the addition of some barley, cooked in with the brown rice.

I have used the large Australian Tiger prawns for this recipe, however any raw prawn is OK as long as you do not overcook them.  Overcooking prawns makes them tough and chewy, and they are far nicer if just cooked for a few minutes only.

Prawns are a good source of protein, are low in saturated fat and calories, and this makes them a healthy food. They can also help prevent heart diseases due to the Omega 3 fatty acids which they contain.  And nowadays they are not so expensive as they used to be, and you can buy several varieties, though I only ever buy Australian ones.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes (plus marinating time)
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients
1 cup brown rice
¼ cup barley
12-14 l…

Apple Caramel Slice with Pecan Nuts

If you like caramel, you will love this recipe - it has apples in it so it can't be unhealthy!  Doesn't an apple a day keep the doctor away?

You could substitute a different nut for the pecans, however they DID give it an extra nice taste, and the combinations on this slice work brilliantly together.

As with much of my other baking, I have used coconut sugar as it is an organic product that is not real sugar and is not refined, and therefore healthier,  It is also not as sweet as sugar.

I have used bought caramel sauce in this instance, however you could make this yourself.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup coconut sugar - or brown sugar
1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup finely chopped pecans
3 cups chopped unpeeled apples - about 3
¾ cup caramel topping
¼ cup plain flour
Vanilla ice cream, optional
Additional caramel topping, optional

instructions
Heat the oven …

Home Made Pizza Base with Various Toppings

Pizza is a favourite in my household.  I no longer buy pizza bases as I used to, as it is quite easy to make this, and once again, I know what has gone into it, and there are fewer chemicals if home made.

The other thing about making your own bases is that you can have them as thick or as thin as YOU like it.

There is one other huge benefit - my grandchildren do not like vegetables, but you can grate vegetables into this base, and they will not even taste it.  I call this "hidden vegetables", and it is a great way to get people who do not eat vegetables to at least eat carrot.

I generally always put grated carrot in my base, however this is, of course an optional extra.

You can put whatever you want on the toppings, and in this case, some of the visitors did not like certain items, so I had to make a different one for everyone!

The ingredients in the toppings are therefore suggestions only, and can be varied to suit.

Preparation Time: 45 minutes plus standing time
Cooking Time…

Chocolate Banana Strudel

This is a recipe that I have made several times and it never fails to impress my friends and visitors.

It looks professional yet it is really very simple to make.

Strudels are recipes that have been handed down to me by my European mother, and she used to make them quite often.

However I deviate from the ones she taught me, as hers were mostly apple strudel which is the traditional Austrian or German strudel that is well known.

In this recipe, I have used a bit of ginger this time, however as it is quite an overpowering taste, I did not use a lot.  You can vary this to your individual taste, or even leave it out totally if you do not like ginger.

Either way, this strudel is a flavoursome afternoon tea, snack or late night craving food.  Add some cream or ice cream to make it even nicer!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients
4-5 bananas (Lady Fingers work well but are expensive)
60g dark chocolate, chopped
2 sheets puff pastry
Melted butter or …

Baked Chickpea and Zucchini Fingers

This is a healthy alternative to fried fritters, and a very good way to get children, and adults to eat vegetables. 

I have used fresh chickpeas and corn on the cob instead of tins, as they have a much nicer taste and no additives.  Chickpeas need to be soaked before cooking, and sweet corn can be cooked in the microwave, and the corn shredded off with a sharp knife.

Once you have used fresh corn, you will never go back to the tins of it!

I have served these fingers with rocket, sour cream, and some mango chutney, however they could be served with any salad or even chips baked in the oven.

All the flavours went well together in this recipe to make a delicious meal!

I originally made it as a vegetarian meal, however, at the last moment decided I wanted to add some bacon with it.  For those who are not vegetarians, this complemented the flavours of the vegetables.

Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes plus cooking fresh ingredients if required
Makes: 13 medium fingers

Ingred…

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