Lemon, Yoghurt & Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Yoghurt Muffins
When my partner J-man and I moved into our house some 8 odd years ago, there was not much of home, or a garden, but there was a roof and four walls and out back, struggling for life, a tiny, little lemon tree.  In the years since, the house has become a home and grown from two people to four.  That tiny little lemon tree has been with us the whole way, and like us, it has grown and flourished and now produces an abundance of rich, colourful life each year.  It reminds me of what can be achieved with a little effort, constant care and a whole lot of love.  

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Healthy Fried Rice

Fried Rice FINAL
This recipe has become a bit of staple in the Fresh Home Cook household of late.  When you make something and even the little people in the house are happy to chow down on it, then it tends to keep making regular appearances until those same little people decide they don’t like it anymore, which, in our house at least, invariably happens at some point.  I know if I keep the vegetables chopped nice and small and add the sweetness of corn and carrot, paired with salty lean bacon pieces the whole family will happily eat every last morsel.  In a house where the words “I’m not hungry”, or “I don’t like it”, followed by, “eat your dinner”, can be the entire focus of conversation around the table, a dinner free of complaints and nagging are the ones you keep aiming for!

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Carrot & Macadamia Cake

Carrot & Macadamia Cake FINAL

Well, this is a little bit exciting – my first post since the revamp of Fresh Home Cook!  After a couple of stressful months trying to resolve technical issues with the site, I finally have everything back to a place where I can just work on cooking, taking a few decent pics and writing a post!   

So, after much deliberation, teeth clenching, hand wringing, sleepless nights and finally resolve, here it is and I love it!  My new logo is thanks to the very lovely Kendra from Key Lime Digital Designs and the cleaning up and fixing of the site is thanks to the very tech savvy and patient Rachana from Red Symbol Technologies – I really cannot thank them enough for the work they have done and the faith they have helped restore in me regarding technology and online relationships.  

Okay – off my tangent and back on track – you came here for cake, did you not?  

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Fresh Home Cook is changing!

1finallemonsliceOver the next few weeks, you will see a number of things changing with my little piece of the blogiverse.  I am doing a lot of behind the scenes work to redesign & refocus the content of Fresh Home Cook in a new &, I hope, exciting direction!  I will still aim to provide fabulous & delicious family friendly recipes spliced with stories of life in the Fresh Home Cook household, however, the emphasis will be new approaches to cooking, eating & enjoying life, minus the debilitating effects gluten has on my body & mind.  I will be keeping it real, as it is not an easy road to travel – but my intent, as always, is to produce great tasting food anyone can make & love to eat & share.  

All my current recipes are still available for you to print & use, so make sure & have a look around won’t you!  The rest will all be revealed … stay tuned good people & thank you for your continued support.  You are awesome!  

Cheers,

Jodie xx

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Quick Recipes: Gluten Free Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

Do you ever get that after dinner hankering for anything chocolate, only to open the pantry & realise there is nothing handy, not even the cooking chocolate you hide, ahem, keep for just such an emergency?  Not just me then?  Good to know!  

So, what to do, what to do?  What to do when the hankering won’t go away, but you don’t have the time or energy to make a full blown dessert or trek to the shops?  Why, make a mug cake of course!

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Pumpkin Soup

 
Pumpkin Soup
 
Next soup on my list of favourites is a simple but delicious Pumpkin Soup.  The one used here is from our own little pumpkin patch.  We had a very healthy crop, all plump, moist & bright with orange flesh.  I love cutting into a whole one & pulling back to see such crispness & colour – it always make me smile.  The photos below are as I took them, with no adjustment to the brightness or saturation, just garden-fresh, vibrant, natural colour.  

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Roasted Potato & Leek Soup

 
Roasted Potato & Leek Soup
 
The Winter is well & truly setting in where I live, with frosty mornings turning the lawn into a crispy white wonderland & grey clouds hovering low, covering the sun, making the days misty & cold.  The desire to surround oneself with warm comfort both inside & out becomes paramount.  For me that includes coats, scarves, boots & hearty, warming Winter soups.
 

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