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Feta, thyme & pistachio scones

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Flaky, buttery and aromatic, these feta, thyme & pistachio scones are perfect on their own, or served with a spicy yogurt and a mild, fruity chutney.

Feta, thyme & pistachio scones

Quite a long while ago, while discussing American biscuits, I elaborately and somewhat clumsily confessed my love for scones. Since then, my passion has turned into a deep affection, one that I have for not too many dishes and foods. There’s comfort there and bittersweet memories, there’s lots of crumbs and an aftertaste which is always sweet and always lingers a little while. [READ MORE]

Pumpkin, crispy bacon & feta muffins

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I know it’s almost Christmas (wait, what???) and all I should be thinking of is presents (edible or otherwise) and delicious seasonal desserts. I know. But I still have a small (not so small) place in my heart for pumpkins. My go-to dishes are usually soup or a banana-style sweet loaf (minus the bananas) but this year I got on a serious muffin roll. There were sweet, nutty muffins with cream cheese frosting, but also generous sized savoury ones. Oh man, these ones were my favourite yet. [READ MORE]

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

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Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Every September, I’m dreading the whole back to school transition: until my work schedule is all figured out and most of my boring everyday affairs are in order, I’m constantly in a mild frantic state. At the same time, I love going back to parts of my routine, especially those involving exercising, eating and cooking. Even more so, I’m looking forward to the activity which involves the latter two, plus our friends: casual dinners at home.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

One of my favourite things to make is a stuffed loaf- from a classic garlic & parmesan to this one, it really does not get easier and more delicious than this. When I first made this aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf back home, I used the most delicious aubergines from our Friday farmers market, parsley from our pots and the best hand model ever, my sis. I’m now really looking forward to making it for our friends too, once we’re back from California and just in time to catch the summer’s last aubergines.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

So, grab your favourite loaf (crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside is best) and get ready: aubergines, grilled for that perfect smoky flavour and mashed with garlic- a match made in heaven; salty feta and cream cheese for smoothness, lots and lots of fresh parsley, freshly ground black pepper and extra virgin olive oil too. Just perfect for stuffing our chubby, crusty, pillowy loaf and then our friends.

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

Aubergine, garlic & feta stuffed loaf

INGREDIENTS

3 small aubergines (or 1 medium)

3 garlic cloves

2 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

1 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

4 tablespoons low fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200C (180C for air) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prick the aubergines with a fork and grill them until soft (you can do this on a grill, placing them on top of a hob or in the oven). Peel the skin off and mash the flesh using a fork.

In a medium bowl combine the aubergine mash with the rest of the ingredients.

Slice the loaf thickly (not all the way down) and spread the mixture between the slices.

Drizzle with some extra olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 20′. Remove the foil lower the heat to 180C (160C for air) and bake for an additional 10′, or until your loaf is a lovely golden brown.

Remove from the oven and serve right away.

 

 

Beet, feta & thyme tart tatin

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This beet, feta & thyme tart tatin ticks is so easy and delicious, I’m really confused as to why it’s taken me so long to come up with. Gorgeous beets, flakey, buttery pastry, salty feta and fresh thyme- check. Easy, quick and fuss free cooking- check again. Tons of flavour and gorgeous to look at- triple check! This one’s a winner y’ all! Let’s talk beets for a second: gorgeous colours, beautiful texture both when raw and cooked, slightly sweet, they really are lovely whichever way you decide to take: chips, soup, smoothie or combined with summery zucchini and manchego– you really can’t go wrong with these beauties. Especially when you keep them almost whole and make them the star of a tart tatin show. [READ MORE]

Couscous with roasted beets, kale & feta

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So the other day, my friend George requested some food inspiration to beat the January blues. I hear you, buddy. The weeks after the holidays suck. The tree is down, the presents have been opened and it’s time to put your party shoes away and get back to your normal routine. For me, it’s also time to stop having cake, cheese and wine with almost with every meal and get back to my less indulgent habits. [READ MORE]