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Fresh Fig, Walnut & Mushroom Salad with a Carob & Balsamic Dressing

I wanted something fabulously quick and easy after a long day of travelling, so when I saw that fresh figs were on special at the fruit market I couldn't resist. Team it up with some lightly sauteed mushrooms, bang on a beautiful dressing and some walnuts and you've got a

Chocolate Cake with Coffee and Maple Frosting, outrageously simple birthday cake idea

It was Martin's birthday last week and I decided, on the day, to make a cake for us to have that afternoon and I was ecstatic with how it turned out. I haven't made many new dishes since I have been back visiting family, so this was a treat for

Grilled Marinated Aubergine Steaks topped with Black Olive and Lentil Tapenade served with Rosemary Herbed Polenta Squares.

Yet another recipe I have been keeping in reserve for when I'm travelling and this dish is just delicious, I did however forget my splash of contrasting colour on the plate, but I think it still looks pretty tasty.  The polenta bites were inspired by the dish we had in

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