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Lemon and Turmeric Tea Cake

Lemon and Turmeric Tea Cake

I was lucky enough to interview Bake Off star, Chetna Makan, for Birdfeed recently, to talk all things baking, good food and supper clubs.  As part of my preparation, I tried my hand at Chetna’s Tumeric and Lemon tea cake recipe, a super reliable formula that you can put together in minutes, allowing for a half hour bake to follow. I’ve added extra spices, as Chetna’s use of turmeric reminded me of ‘Golden Paste’ , a spice blend that I often enjoy in hot milk – turmeric is combined with cinnamon, ginger and cardamom plus black pepper to activate, and...

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Coconut Masala Fish Curry

Coconut Masala Fish Curry

Bake Off Star, Chetna Makan, who describes our Robyn apron as, "Absolutely brilliant," has been a recipe powerhouse over lockdown, releasing a new dish every day, since late March. This recipe caught my eye because it looks delicious, and uses coconut, which has to be my favourite ingredients.  Coconut?  I’m in. The recipe called for fresh coconut, of which, alas I had none. So I resourcefully switched up for desiccated and added a little more liquid to the mix.  You can see Chetna’s original recipe on her You Tube channel here Chetna uses white fish, which I always have in...

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Coconut Bird Bars

Coconut Bird Bars

If you’re giving sugar the swerve, these coconut bars will help you on your way. Naturally sweet in flavour, coconut is packed with nutritionally dense, super food acids. High in fat, a little goes a long way and a small serving is often enough to curb those cravings. Happily simple to prepare, I always have a stash in my fridge which is raided regularly by my husband and kids alike. When I hit on a healthy formula that everyone enjoys, I know that I’ve a winner on my hands. Gluten free, added sugar free, vegan, nut free. Source 250g coconut...

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#BirdCooks: Portuguese Custard Tarts

#BirdCooks: Portuguese Custard Tarts

These delicious custard tarts never fail to prompt a memory.  A cobbled seafront in sunshine, somewhere in Luz. An elderly woman emerges from the cool, dark recess of a cafe with pastry in hand, coffee in the other. And bliss was mine for a good five minutes. Now they are yours to make at home.  You do need to make the pastry in advance, ideally the night before so be sure to set aside enough time before you embark. And if you can, do track down specific pastel de nata tins - they have a certain slope and depth to...

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