Traditional ANZAC Biscuits

Traditional and delicious, enjoy these ANZAC Biscuits.

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On ANZAC day it is traditional to bake ANZAC biscuits. It creates a wonderful memory of childhood days past, of cooking dozens of dozens of biscuits on the old wood stove, of thin crisp crunchy ANZAC Biscuits more often than ANZAC Day comes around. I am a country girl, and these mega baking days were very common in our house when I was a child.

Don’t be fooled, this is a traditional recipe. None of those thick, soft biscuits that try to pass as ANZAC Biscuits can be found in this kitchen. No sultanas, raisins or other dried fruits in sight. Just thin ones that start on the tray as a lump, and gradually spread out and brown up nicely. Yep. Traditional. Just like my Grandmother made. With a cuppa tea, a good yarn and a wood fire.

Unlike many modern versions, particularly those made commercially or made to suit US tastes, this traditional ANZAC biscuit recipe produces flat, chewy biscuits tasting of caramel. Originally, in 1926, the ANZAC biscuits sent to the soldiers on the war fronts didn’t have coconut in them; that was a later addition, perhaps by the 1930s. These flat, chewy biscuits would pack easily and not crumble or break, and so could be transported easily to the soldiers.

Please also have a look at our other crackers and biscuit recipes too.

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Eggplant Makhani | Slow Cooked

Eggplant/Brinjal in a makhani style sauce – the only thing better is cooking it in a slow cooker. Delicious!

A slow cooker recipe with Eggplant and a buttery tomato sauce.

We have some more slow cooker recipes, and please browse our collection of delicious eggplant recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Autumn recipes here and here.

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How to make Crispy Garlic, Crispy Sage and Crispy Curry Leaves

Crispy herbs and garlic are good to strew over all kinds of dishes.

Use crispy garlic to top vegetables, soups and mashes. It adds texture, flavour and another dimension to dishes. Sage and Curry Leaves likewise.

Browse all of our How To posts here and here, and Garlic recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Autumn recipes here.

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Peaches with Asian Flavours

Summer and Peaches, there is no better match.

Summer and Peaches, there is no better match. Usually we eat them whole, or sliced and cold from the fridge. They are rarely placed over any heat source in our house, but this recipe is an exception.

You might also like to try Tomato and Peach Salad or Watermelon and Peach Salad.  Browse all Peach recipes here, or our Dessert recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Easy Panfried Potatoes

Simple! Let them cook on the stove while you potter around the kitchen.

An easy dish for end of week cooking, or at any time. The potatoes are so delicious it is difficult to avoid eating them out of the pan.

You might like to also try Perfect Roast Potatoes, BBQ’d Potatoes, or an Eggplant and Potato Curry. Browse all of our Potato recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Roasted Tomato and Corn Cold Soup for Summer

A spicy cold tomato soup for the hottest of days.

Cold soups and salads abound during Summer. This is a cold soup made from roasted tomatoes and other vegetables. To shorten the time taken to make the soup, pre-prepare roasted garlic and roasted vegetables.

Similar recipes include Quick Gazpacho, and Quick Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup.

You might like to browse our Tomato Soup recipes, and all Soup recipes. Explore our Tomato recipes, and Sweetcorn recipes. Find some inspiration in our Late Summer recipes.

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Lentil Balls in a Spicy Gravy | Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu | South Indian

Wonderful dumplings in spicy gravy

Meenakshi Ammal, my favourite Indian cookbook author, in her chapter on Vatral Kuzhambu, includes wonderful gram flour “dumplings”, like this recipe for Kuzhambu: Masala Kuzhambu with Gram Flour Vadai.

By contrast this recipe, Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu, uses dal dumplings, or pulse balls made with toor dal. These give the kuzhambu a sambar like feel. The balls are made from soaked and ground toor dal which is then sauteed to par-cook and remove additional moisture before being poached in the Kuzhambu spicy broth.

The balls can be used in a Vatral Kuzhambu base, a rasam base or a moru kuzhambu base.

You might like to try other Kuzhambu recipes here and here, and our Sambar recipes here and here. Explore our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

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Ayurvedic Spice Infusions or “Teas” | Indian Flavours

Simple infusions of spices.

Insufions, or “teas”, can be invigorating or relaxing, and can be made of tea, spices, dried fruits, herbs, dried peels, or some combination. In India I discovered the joys of very simple infusions – a couple of spices, water, and a delicious, calming, gentle beverage is born. One that can be drunk hot from the pot, left to cool to room temperature or on our 45C summer days, iced from the fridge.

You might also like to try the Five Cs Golden Tea, Phanta Tea, or Gratitude Teas. Browse all of our teas here and here.

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Fennel a la Grecque | Fennel Slow Cooked in French-Greek Style

Fennel is delicious raw, but sometimes I love to cook it too. Here is an easy dish, a gentle dish, full of gentle flavours.

Fennel is delicious raw, but equally as good cooked. Here is an easy dish, a gentle dish, full of gentle flavours.

The fennel is cooked loooong and slow in herbs and olive oil for a beautiful, soft dish so well paired with the soft and creamy Persian feta. Use goats cheese or fresh buffalo mozzarella if you cant get Persian feta.

Looking for other fennel dishes? Try Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella, Slow Baked Fennel with Chilli, Garlic and Orange and Fennel on the BBQ.

All of our Fennel recipes are here and here. Browse our a la Grecque dishes, French dishes and Greek dishes. Or be inspired by our Early Spring dishes.

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Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup

A quick soup taking only 30 minutes to cook.

A quick soup with carrots and tomatoes, taking only 30 minutes to cook. Roasted tomatoes or charred tomatoes are great to use as much as possible. They have a sweet intense charry flavour that is really enjoyable. I often make a large tray full and keep them in the fridge to use in various ways.

But if you don’t have roasted tomatoes on hand, just use a tin of whole or diced tomatoes instead. This makes it a very quick soup.

If you made and froze various tomato purees and sauces in Autumn, they can also replace the roasted tomatoes.

You might also like to try Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises, Carrot and Coriander Soup, Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup, and Magical Parsnip and Carrot Soup.

You can browse  all Soup Recipes here and here. Or browse carrot recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Hot Roasted Carrot Salad

A delicious hot carrot salad or side dish, that takes hardly any time to prepare.

Versatile roasted sliced carrots made ahead of time and stored in the fridge can be converted into salads, soups, purees, dips and nibbles.

This recipe takes those roasted carrots and makes a delicious hot carrot salad or side dish that takes hardly any time to prepare.

Are you after Carrot Salads? Try Moroccan Carrot Salad, delicious Carrot Thoran, or Spicy Carrot Side Dish.

You can browse all of the Carrot Salad recipes here. Or browse our carrot recipes. Or explore our Mid Winter recipes.

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Spicy Carrot Side Dish

Spicy goodness for a side dish of carrots.

We have a yummy North African Carrot Dip, but did you know that you can use the same ingredients to make a lovely Moroccan side dish for any meal?

You might also like to try Moroccan Carrot Salad, delicious Carrot Thoran, or a Hot Roasted Carrot Salad. Perhaps some Moroccan recipes here and here. You can browse carrot recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Spicy Moroccan Carrot Dip

A versatile and delicious dip.

This is a dip from the North of Africa, delicious as part of tapas or a mezze plate. It can also be thinned slightly and used as a mash as part of a main meal. Wonderful as part of a vegetarian BBQ. Use as a dip with Turkish or Pita bread, even Olive bread.

If you are looking for carrot recipes, please browse here and here. Or are you looking for dip recipes here and here? Our favourites are Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup, Thick Yoghurt Dip, and Haydari. Perhaps some Moroccan recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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Tomato/Thakkali Kurma, Korma or Kuzhambu | Using Roasted Tomatoes

What is in a name? You say kurma and someone else says korma, you say kuzhambu and someone says gravy or soup or curry. This dish is popular and even with the precision of the naming of dishes in India, I have found versions of this recipe under several different names.

Never mind, it is dee-licious. We add a twist by using roasted tomatoes.

You might like to browse all of our Kuzhambu recipes here and here. And our Tomato recipes here and here.  We have a lot of Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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Pancha Kajjaya | Sweet and Crunchy Poha | Flattened Rice with Coconut, Banana and Honey

Sweet food is always a blessing, satisfying to the soul, spirit and body.

Sweet food is always a blessing, satisfying to the soul, spirit and body. It balances our more savoury foods, especially hot and/or sour foods. In moderation, and in a good mindful balance with other foods, sweet dishes are not the toxic enemy that many proclaim.

In our household we are not great sweet eaters, preferring unadorned fruits, nuts and cheeses. It is the occasional pastry with coffee, a piece of cake or biscuit when visiting friends, sometimes dessert if eating out. It is rare to make anything sweet at home (sometimes icecream in summer).

That attests to the wonderful nature of this dish. Made with a form of rolled rice, poha, it is light yet satisfying. Poha is easily obtainable from your Indian shop. There are several different thicknesses – Nylon (very thin and crisp), Paper, Thin, Medium, Thick and Dagdi (thick and chewy). There are also poha types made from red rice and brown rice. For this dish, it is important that you use a paper or thin poha.

Are you looking for other Poha dishes? Try Sweet Surnoli Dosa, Poha Chaat, Poha with Onions (Kanda Poha), and Kolache Poha..

You might also like to try some of our rare sweet dishes – Besan Payasam, Blueberry Shrikhand, and Payasam Kheer.

Are you after more Banana recipes? You might also like to try Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Banana and Berry Lassi, or Banana Halwa from Kerala.

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