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cq5dam.web.616.462Rachel Khoo, Image via here

As a big fan of all things Rachel Khoo, I was really excited to see she released a new cookbook, Rachel Khoo’s Sweet and Savoury Pates, in July. From tapenade to chocolate spread, she’s got it covered, and I think a jar of any of her spreads would make an excellent hostess gift, as well as being rather good to eat oneself. I can’t wait to try out some recipes! – Miranda

photo(2)Peanut Butter cookies are definitely one of my favourite memories from a childhood spent in North America. I baked some over the weekend to bring along to a picnic, and I have to say my friends really enjoyed them! This recipe (originally from The Fannie Farmer cookbook) is wonderfully easy and the cookies take barely any time to bake, which is brilliant in this hot weather when you don’t want the oven on too long.

Peanut Butter Cookies:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. flour
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Press down with floured fork in 2 directions. Bake at 350 F (about 175 C)  until lightly browned (usually 7 – 10 minutes – they bake fast so keep an eye on them!).
Enjoy, preferably lounging in a park with friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon. – Miranda


This wonderful chocolate and raspberry pavlova is my absolute favourite summer dinner party recipe. It never fails to please and what I love most about it is that even the most clumsy and ineffectual chefs comme moi can hide mistakes by simply piling on extra cream and fruit to cover any dodgy-looking bits. Parfait! – Rachel


I have been experimenting with eating a vegan and gluten free diet over the past few days, inspired by this website. I feel less sluggish already, and am surprised to find myself not craving my usual guilty pleasures of chocolate digestives. Pictured is one of my lunchboxes for work – a mixture of sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and green beans mixed with lime juice, toasted pine nuts, roasted aubergine and roasted sweet potato wedges with paprika. Delicious! If going the whole hog doesn’t appeal (and it really is easier than it sounds), you have to at least try these brownies. They are amazing! – Rachel

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I’ve recently discovered Lisa Faulkner’s lovely cookbooks: Recipes to My Daughter From My Mother and The Way I Cook. Recipes to My Daughter is my especial favourite, as it collects tried and tested recipes passed down from generation to generation. Reading through the cookbook has rekindled my interest in my mother’s recipe box, which is stuffed to the brim with recipes written in various different fading handwriting on splattered index cards. Of course, I probably should just type these recipes up and store them forever online, but the Old Fashioned Girl in me thinks it would be a rather charming gift to my Mum to copy out these recipes again onto Papermash’s beautiful cards and reorganise them, perhaps in a new recipe box.  – Miranda

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I grew up with my Mum making Key Lime Pie as a standard dinner party dessert, and when I made it myself the other week, I remembered why I’d liked it so much. This recipe is from Nora Ephron’s Heartburn and is delicious, as well as being a doddle to make (I just hope to never end up in this situation). Here’s the recipe:

9″ graham cracker pie crust (or make your own regular pastry base and cook it blind)

6 egg yolks

I cup lime juice (approx 6 limes)

2x 14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1 tbsp grated lime zest

Mix everything together, pour into pie shell and freeze overnight or for 6 hrs. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and spread with whipped cream, as well as a little more grated lime zest.


 – Miranda

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.20.49 AMI’m a big fan of Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen, and so I’m thrilled that her new cookbook is due out this month (on October 10th, to be precise). I can’t wait to flick through the pages of delicious recipes, beautiful shots of France and Rachel’s lovely wardrobe. Also being released is her cookbook, Muesli and Granola, previously only published in French. I’m feeling in need of some ideas for tasty snacks and breakfasts, so, with my birthday fast approaching, I’ll definitely be adding this book to my wish list as well! – Miranda

photo (12)More and more, I am inspired to cook using seasonal produce. Gradually, I have been building up a selection of cookbooks with recipes that are organised by the season. The above picture shows a few of my favourites. I’ve been particularly enjoying pouring over Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook, with its spectacular number of recipes, over the past week. If you don’t have the cookbook, however, then do look at Sarah’s lovely website which has a selection of recipes arranged by month.  – Miranda