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Make nice with Spice. Part 2.

So, we agreed in part one of my spice ramblings that whole spices are the key to increasing the flavour of our food. They are no more expensive, difficult to access or use. The only question remaining is which spices to keep on hand. Now for the Kitchen Playground must have spice list: from the […]

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The Christmas Potato, 2008

You may be aware of the chez KP tradition of the Christmas potato. Happily, the Christmas potato is still a very important part of the chez KP Christmas. As has been the case in years gone by, the potato has been baked into a special post-festivity meal. This year stuffed with ham and cheese. Anyone […]

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This week’s selection, grabbed from the shelf at random, was Women’s Weekly Country Cooking. It’s  cook book that usually only gets considered in the colder months although it has recipes for all seasons. Today however, was virtually a winter’s day. It was freezing this morning when we went to the farmers market and I went […]

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10 Minute Meal part 2

Today got away from me. Two hours sleep last night thanks to Second Born. Work this morning and the week’s rush of tasks leading up to First Born’s birthday and party left me rather behind time today. Melbourne did one of her classic twists too and turned wet and chilly this afternoon after a steamy […]

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Tomorrow is the first day back at school for the Ankle Biters – who are closer to shoulder biters now – and the weather has kindly taken a break from the 42 degree heatwave so I can get some cooking done. The kids make their own school lunches of an evening but I like to […]

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Halloween, something I usually ignore.

I’m not a Halloween kind of girl. To be honest it just doesn’t make sense to me in the southern hemisphere. My Celtic roots get me all hung up on the end of harvest concept and kids eating that much junk food right before bedtime isn’t exactly my cup of tea either. The street we’re […]

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Chez KP was demolished a few months ago. That’s right. Razed to the ground. It’s being rebuilt bigger and better than ever. You will not be surprised to discover that the kitchen will be the centre of the house and features more upgrades than any other room. It will be light and spacious and truly […]

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This has become a winter staple here at Chez KP. It can be used in a multitude of ways such as in baking and on pancakes but is primarily an addition to our daily porridge. Thermomix. Sugar Spice Mix 1kg soft brown sugar 1 cinnamon stick 3 cardamon pods, cracked and seeds removed (discard pod, […]

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I had plans for a glorious meal tonight. Pork Siew Yuk, rice, vegetable stir fry. I’ve spent most of today salivating at the thought. Unfortunately, the pork did not defrost in time. In fact, I cannot recall the last time I saw a piece of meat defrost quite so slowly. As I type it is […]

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I had a spectacularly long day at uni today, followed by picking up the kids from the various people I had begged favours from. So by the time we got home, it was much later than it should have been. I had dinner on the table precisely 20 minutes after I walked in the door. […]

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