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apple and berry crumble

Ok - no strict recipe here. I've never really quantified how I make an apple crumble. So here's a rouugh guide. It's pretty hard to go wrong with an apple crumble. Basically, it's just midly spiced, soft apples (and berries - they go all oozy and yummy) scattered with a buttery, nutty, crumbly topping. Almond meal elevates it to total 100% yum. Serve it with custard for the ultimate winter comfort food experience. I always use Granny Smith apples, but you can use whatever green cooking apple is available to you. If you're feeling a bit happrehensive, start with a strict recipe then come back to this guide once you feel more confident. You can vegan-ise this by using a margarine or vegan freindly product in place of the butter in the crumble - you won't get quite the right crumbly texture, but it will still be good.

· medium
· serves 2-4, depending on how greedy you are :)
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best chicken stir fry ever

I've just discovered the best way to prepare chicken for a stir fry. It's called "velveting", a technique which I learned from Stephanie Alexander's kitchen bible The Cook's Companion, which ensures that the chicken remains tender. Combined with lots of fresh ginger, basil, the Indonesian sweet soy sauce kecap manis and fresh vegies, it makes a totally yummy and healthy dinner. Use organic chicken and you'll be laughing. Ramp up the chilli if you like it hot.

· medium
· serves 2
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broccoli, artichoke and mint pasta

This is a really easy and yummy pasta dish - it basically only takes as long as the pasta takes to cook. If it all seems too straightforward and boring, think again - the broccoli works really well with the saltiness of the capers and the freshness of the mint. Don't skimp on the salt and pepper and olive oil - this dish really needs these things to bring it all together.

· easy
· serves 1
· vegetarian
· vegan
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lemon and basil grilled chicken with veges
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I love this kind of food - fresh, pretty fast and using lots of veges and herbs. Marinade the chicken for as long as you can - the lemon imparts the chicken with a light, zesty flavour, the garlic goes all sweet and intense, and the griller gives the chicken a gorgeous crust, contrasting with the juicy, tender fillet underneath. Love it.

· pretty easy
· serves 2

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chilli-soy tofu
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this is so yum, because the sweet soy sauce caramelises, and it ends up being quite meat-y in a good way. plus it only takes about 5 minutes. the kecap manis and hot chilli sauces i used are below.
· easy
· serves 2
· vegetarian
· vegan
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chilli jam stir fried noodles
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i tried making a stiry fry using chilli jam for the first time last night and it turned out great. chilli jam is available from most supermarkets in the asian foods section, or try your local asian grocer.
· easy
· serves 2
· vegetarian
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mini mediterranean feast!

i should have been studying last night, but instead i created a yummy mini Mediterranean-style feast. the dishes were was pretty easy to make, although quite time-consuming (that’s partly because i have only one big frypan and had to cook one salad at a time – cook the two salads concurrently if you can). the zucchini salad tasted even better today. and the photos totally don't do any of the recipes justice...
· easy, although time consuming
· serves 3-4
· vegan
· vegetarian
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antipasto pasta
I made this last night using only things I already had in the fridge and pantry. It was soooo yummy, and could be altered to include anything you have at home. If you don’t have the ingredients listed here, don’t worry, just add whatever else you have. Roasted capsicum (peppers), fresh mozzarella cheese, marinated/grilled eggplant or sautéed mushrooms would work really well. The whole recipe really only takes as long as it takes for the pasta to cook. It could also be made vegan by omitting the parmesan cheese at the end (I didn't use parmesan anyway) and using a pesto that doesn't have any cheese in it.
· dead easy
· serves 2
· vegetarian
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