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No-bake honey nut granola bars with added walnuts and stories

No-bake honey nut granola bars with added walnuts and stories

I'm not sure if you know, but in my 'real life' I've been a writer at SBS Food for over four years. I know, right? I some of the content that supports the foodie shows like Cook Like an Italian, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw and Gourmet Farmer (among many other beautiful...

10 really good lunchbox savoury slices to try

10 really good lunchbox savoury slices to try

When sandwiches are just too boring, savoury slices are there to save the day. (Though, just quietly, if the sambos are boring, you're doing it wrong.) There are three very good reasons to make these slices for lunch. One, they are super simple to make. Two, they...

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

We call this the celebration slice because for years I made this slice for the kids to take into school on their birthday. It was always either this Clinkers slice, or if we were feeling flush, a Mars Bar slice. I could never be arsed fiddling around with cupcakes....

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

I’m lucky to have many lovely South African friends. They are a generous, fun, good-natured bunch and you get used to the accent. Actually, you never really get used to the accent. But once they introduce you to South African rusks, you won’t mind. When a friend...

Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

Simple choc chip slice – ready in a jiffy

Simple choc chip slice – ready in a jiffy

This simple choc chip slice recipe is for the days when you want an afternoon snack, but you really couldn't be bothered. That's not to say it's not amazingly yummy and moreish, because it is. What it mainly is, is fast. You will memorise the recipe within about two...

Healthy weetbix slice – reduced sugar, increased good bits

Healthy weetbix slice – reduced sugar, increased good bits

My son loves weetbix and we often have bags of 'leftovers' stuffed in the pantry, ready to be turned into weetbix slice. This month I was a bit stumped, though. We were doing a 'no sugar' challenge and my usual recipe for the slice was packed full of the stuff. So, I...

Lucy’s mum’s no-fuss, no-bake chocolate slice

Lucy’s mum’s no-fuss, no-bake chocolate slice

Lucy is a friend of mine and her mum used to make this truly fab no-bake chocolate slice. That's not even the best thing about her, either. Although it's gotta be up there, a decent chocolate slice recipe being one of life's quiet pleasures. Years ago, Lucy used to...

Amazing crispy date slice – this one is so, so, so good

Amazing crispy date slice – this one is so, so, so good

My dear friend Michelle makes the best slices, and this crispy date slice is no exception. I think this is the third recipe Mich has given me. She's like the collector of unbelievably good treats and very generous in sharing recipes. She didn't hesitate to let me...

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Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

Give yourself the gift of this apple and blackberry pie recipe

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