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Payal Vora
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FONDANT AU CHOCOLAT: MELTED CHOCOLATE CAKE + WALNUTS
This fondant (melted, in French) is so easy to make, keeps well overnight so it's perfect to make ahead if you're serving it at a party, and - most importantly - it's unbelievably delicious! No need for special ingredients other than the very best dark choc...

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CHOCOLATE ALMOND CANTUCCI (BISCOTTI)
Adapted from Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food, one of my favourite American cookery books. Cantucci are made to last a long time so the dough has no perishable fats that could go rancid (oil, butter, etc.), so if anyone is trying to pass off cantucci co...

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PÂTE BRISÉE (SHORTCRUST PASTRY)
This is an easy fool-proof recipe for a classic French pastry dough, aka  pâte  brisée. It's perfect for any recipe that needs a pastry shell - tarts, quiches, pies, even empanadas/baked samosas. Enjoy! Pate Brisee (Shortcrust Pastry) Makes: 1 10-1/2 in. cr...

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PÂTE BRISÉE (SHORTCRUST PASTRY)
This is an easy fool-proof recipe for a classic French pastry dough, aka  pâte  brisée. It's perfect for any recipe that needs a pastry shell - tarts, quiches, pies, even empanadas/baked samosas. Enjoy! Pate Brisee (Shortcrust Pastry) Makes: 1 10-1/2 in. cr...

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SOUTHWEST SUMMER SALAD WITH MANGO VINAIGRETTE
I travel a fair bit for work, and when I travel, I try to keep to my usual eating habits. Especially in places that I know will have excellent fresh vegan/vegetarian food. A few months ago I was in a small town in southern CA and I looked around for lunch s...

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BALSAMIC ROASTED TOMATO SOUP
I don't much care for raw tomatoes, but I love them cooked into sauces, tarts, roasted and tossed into a salad or in sandwiches, or in this soup that  I've been making for years. I make it so often, I don't know why I haven't written the recipe here until n...

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STIR-FRIED SWEET PEPPERS WITH COCONUT AND PEANUTS
Summer comfort food at it's best! I love these stir-fried peppers - or shaak as we call it in Gujarati - with rotli, these gluten-free flatbreads , or rice. It's flavourful, healthy, fresh, and light. Try it! Adapted from here . Stir-Fried Sweet Peppers wit...

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LAHMACUN: SPICY TURKISH "PIZZA"
Lahmacun: Spicy Turkish "Pizza" makes: 8-10 lahmacun Crust: - 2-1/2 cups AP (all-purpose) flour - 3/4 cup milk or water (milk will make the bottom of the crust a nice golden colour) - 2 tbsp. olive oil - 1 tsp. salt - 1/2 tsp sugar - 1-1/2 tsp. active dry y...

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PEPPERY ROSE COCKTAIL
A pretty cocktail - rosebud-infused vodka, red grapefruit juice, bay laurel and peppercorn simple syrup, and muddled fresh peppermint and pink peppercorns - perfect for summer afternoons and evenings! The rose vodka adds a delicate floral top note just befo...

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SMOOTHIES GALORE, SWEET AND SAVOURY!
My family and friends often ask me for smoothie recipes and everytime - despite having this blog which I started so I could easily share recipes with everyone - I end up typing the recipes a few times to send to each person. So I decided to do a bit of a sm...
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