About African Starches and Artisanal Grains

(Flickr: Rod Waddington) For millennia, African farmers have tended and saved their seeds from one harvest to the next, perfecting their food crops and continuing the cycles of civilization. The fields around villages and hamlets were colorful with long grasses sewn and reaped under the bright sun. Over time, variations developed that were unique to []

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Vegetables

Flickr: flequi We all know vegetables are healthy and good for you, but it’s not always easy to get enough of them into your diet everyday. It’s important to create a lot of variety with vegetables, and of course to always make sure they taste good. African Biodiversity We have such incredible diversity of vegetables []

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Shoulder of Lamb

The lamb shoulder can be cooked in an oven bag overnight while everyone is sleeping. The oven will need little cleaning because of the oven bag and the lamb will have such a soft mouthfeel that it’s like butter and easier to digest. Serves 6-8 with accompaniments Ingredients 1.8kg lamb shoulder, bone in 60ml Extra []

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Roasted Apricots with Runny Custard

Serves: 6-8 Ingredients 1 kg fresh apricots 3 tbsp brown sugar Method Preheat a fan forced oven to 220C. Cut apricots in half and remove the stone. Place the apricots cut side facing up on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the apricots, then place them into the preheated oven and bake []

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Braised Waxy Potatoes

Serves: 6-8 Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 1 hour 30 minutes Ingredients 1kg nicola potatoes (or Dutch creams or desiree), peeled 3 cups (750ml) chicken stock 2 bay leaves 60g unsalted butter, chopped 1/4 cup (60ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tspn fresh thyme leaves, chopped 1/4 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1 tbsp lemon []

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Frittata

The beauty about this recipe is that you can add in as many vegetables as you like, given that they are in season. Maggie’s version contains pumpkin, brie, tomato, kale and basil, and to top it off, a little bit of hommus or pesto. So many wonderful benefits of this Frittata; the eggs and cheese []

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Spelt Brioche Bread & Butter Pudding

Almost every aged care home has a version of this old favorite, and it can be made with anything you have on hand. Think left over panettone from Christmas, or even day old croissants! Makes 30 Serves Ingredients 400g prunes (48 prunes) 330ml orange juice 1 loaf spelt brioche, old 1 jar Pure Almond Nut []

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Chocolate cloud cake with nut cream and rose petals

It looks like a simple mix of chocolate, eggs and butter, but Maggie says her new cake can do wonders for brain health. This recipe is from Maggie’s new cookbook, Maggie’s Recipe for Life which you purchase here. Ingredients 350g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces 50g unsalted butter 2 tablespoons raw []

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Honey, Ginger & Turmeric Crème

Makes 40 serves Ingredients 1760ml whipping cream 1040ml milk 480g natural honey 8g powdered turmeric 32 large free range egg yolks 160g stem ginger, micro planed Method Preheat the oven to 110C. Evenly space 40 ramekins over 3 oven trays, leaving space between each. Place the cream, milk, honey and turmeric into a large deep []

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Perfect Date Scones

Did you know? Just one of these Super Date Scones provides roughly double the energy and twice the fibre of a slice of fruit toast. Ingredients 3 cups plain flour 6 teaspoons baking powder 4 tablespoons icing sugar ½ cup milk powder ½ cup LSA Pinch of salt 2 cups cream 2/3 cup milk (approx.) []

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Anzacs with a twist

Compared to a store bought Anzac or butternut biscuit, these Anzacs provide more protein and fibre and approximately double the energy. The added banana also makes these biscuits easier to chew. Makes 22 biscuits Ingredients 150g rolled oats 30g shredded coconut Pinch of sea salt 2 large bananas, mashed 80g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped or []

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Pumpkin & Zucchini Loaf

A beautiful taste of the season, this loaf cake is perfect to slice and freeze, pulling out a piece at a time to toast with tea, now that the cool weather is here. Makes 1 loaf Ingredients 2 cups grated pumpkin 1 cup grated zucchini ¼ cup tahini 5 eggs 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive []

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Layered Yoghurt with Summer Berries & Nut Crumble

What a beautiful way to utilise the fresh taste and health giving properties of Summer berries. And if you feel like some crunch, the added nut crumble is just right! The nut crumble can be omitted for those who can’t eat them, or it can even be ground down to a fine state and sprinkled []

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Hearty Bean Soup

When the temperature drops, there is nothing better than a big bowlful of piping hot soup. We all have our own version of minestrone soup and this is Maggie’s absolute favourite; and it’s especially beneficial for our elders due to the easily digested, high protein beans that are present.  Ingredients 400g cooked broad beans (200g dried, soaked []

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Apple & Oatmeal Cake

This cake makes a lovely dessert served warm and topped with custard. Alternatively it is a perfect addition to a cup of tea! Makes 80 portions Ingredients 200g oats 625ml boiling water 230g butter 100g brown sugar 120g castor sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (optional) 300g wholemeal self raising flour 160g self []

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