Brunch eggs

Looking around for inspiration for our Easter recipes we noticed that for many, Easter is a time layered deeply in tradition and festivity and for others, it can be very relaxing. Easter weekend for me is at home or at the family beach and rather than an elaborate dinner, it is a casual brunch.

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Carob truffles

These truffles are completely chocolate free, using the much underrated and underused carob. When I started my quest for an interesting carob recipe, my boyfriend screwed his face up in disgust. After a childhood of carob treats due to an eccentric mother who had a passion for looking after her

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Rice paper rolls

The crisp raw vegies and fresh flavours of mint and coriander in this recipe make for a refreshing and healthy lunch or snack. They are dairy and gluten-free*, and can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the fish sauce from the dipping sauce (you may want to adjust the seasoning to account for the lack of salty fish sauce), and substituting the chicken for tofu or chopped cashews.

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Spice cookies

These cookies have a delicious spicy flavour and are fabulous dunked in a steaming hot coffee—plus they have the added bonus of being gluten and dairy-free.  Bake a little longer for crispy cookies, or take them out a couple of minutes earlier for softer, chewy treats.

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Kiwifruit sorbet

I love sorbet, especially freshly churned sorbet on a hot summer’s day. When thinking of a new way to serve kiwifruit with the pav I decided, hey, why not make kiwifruit sorbet. I had heard that freezing fruit and then blending it in a food processor with some sugar and water was an easy way (with good results) to yield sorbet, so I decided to give it a whirl.

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Poached pears with mascarpone

Being a fan of puddings, desserts and generally all things treat-like, I love to serve a sweet course to finish a meal. The nice thing about this dessert is that it is sweet without being sickly, and all those who try to refuse dessert because they are ‘just too full’ (wimps!) can be persuaded to partake because, well, it’s only a little fruit and cheese after all.

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