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Garrapiñadas (caramelised peanuts)

In Argentina, garrapiñadas (pronounced 'garra-pin-yad-as') are everywhere. They're sold in little cellophane cones at fo..

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French toast style crumpets with maple syrup

Crumpets or eggy bread? I thought to myself as I was getting breakfast together one morning.... and then it dawned on m..

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Raspberry and amaretto chocolate brownies

Ever since I ate the Raspberry and Amaretto chocolate brownie from the Jamie's Italian stall at Eat Reading Live, I co..

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Quick (and cheap) tuna and lemon pasta...

A few weeks ago, we tried the tuna spaghetti dish in Nigellissima, but no one in our family liked it. My usually tuna-lo..

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Garlic mushroom burger with polenta fries

This is, basically, a mushroom sandwich. But it's absolutely gorgeous and makes a great change when you don't fancy beef..

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Argentinian tomato salad or ensalada de tomates y cebollas

When my mother in law came to stay a few years ago, she taught me how to cook some Argentinian dishes. She made us guis..

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The big healthy comfort food swap

It's an unfair twist that foods we crave for comfort when we're feeling low happen to be also quite bad for us. I can't ..

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Comfort bites' most popular posts of 2013

2013. We talked about hot dog-stuffed pizzas, healing diets and Argentinian sandwiches. We tried Jamie Oliver's home-mad..

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Everything in moderation? could it be portion sizes, and not fatty foods, that are to blame for growing obesity?

We all love a cheeseburger. Or a wedge of pizza, oozing with stringy mozzarella. But these foods are fattening. When tr..

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Nutella brownies

My girls go crazy for Nutella. They have it in their porridge, on toast and between slices of bread. I've even made them..

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Blue cheese and smoked bacon flat mushrooms

This is a lifesaver starter, party nibble or small snack, and can be dished up in 10-12 minutes from walking into the k..

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Bacon recipes for bacon conoisseurs week 18-24 march 2013

Bacon. It's a tough one. We're being told that we shouldn't eat too many processed meats like bacon, sausages, chorizo a..

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Roasted vegetable and cheshire cheese bake

Do you know what I hate? I hate when I pick the girls up from school and then after a quick 5-minute chat to find out h..

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New egg-boiling gadget

Everyone loves dippy egg and soldiers. Don't we?  I had to tell you about a new product I've discovered. It's an egg-bo..

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Lamb lollipops (quick lamb koftas)

Don't worry, I haven't gone mad, freezing lamb in lollipop moulds... it's just that after I made these a couple of times..

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Slow cooker teriyaki chicken

If there's one thing my kids love, it's Teriyaki Chicken. And if there's one thing I love it's having dinner miraculousl..

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Baobab fruit powder and a tangy raspberry, coconut and baobab smoothie

Baobab fruit powder. Ever heard of it? Well I hadn't, but as it turns out it's very nutritious and good for you.  ..

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No mato sauce

A vegetable-packed sauce that pretends it's tomato sauce... Maybe nightshade veggies don't agree with you (it happens t..

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