Pineapple, Carrot, Banana Spelt Cake (a sort of Hummingbird)

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Do you need a summery sort of everyday cake? The sort of cake that you can slice with a cup of tea at 3 pm and not feel too leaden, that deviates a little from your common culprits of banana cake, carrot or chocolate? Do you need a morale boost that uses up the rest of the spelt flour in the pantry and can be made dairy and refined sugar free? If so, skip straight to the recipe at the bottom. This twist on a classic hummingbird cake may be what you’re looking for. If you have time for some chat, read on.

There is one delightful inclusion in this cake …

Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Raisin Spelt Scones

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Do you need some butternut squash scones in your life? Here’s a pop quiz to help you figure it out. Do you a) Cast about at 10 am for something to have with a cup of tea? b) Feel like sometimes food should comfort and cosset you, in the way that a hug from your Granny once did? c) Have half a butternut squash left in the fridge after roasting the rest to go in a hipster quinoa salad to take to a picnic on Saturday? d) Have a 33 week gestation stowaway in your middle who is now the size of a butternut squash, and feel like you should …

Honeydew Melon Carpaccio with Courgette, Labna and Pistachios

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 It’s now properly hot in Sydney. Do you need an elegant cooling salad to put on your table? Do you need something that is gluten free/ vegetarian/ but will also pair beautifully with a glazed ham, pork fillet, griddled bread or spatchcocked spiced chickens? Do you need something that will use up the half a honeydew melon that you bought on a lark? If so, I think I can help. Skip straight to the recipe at the bottom. If you have time for prattle and context, read on.

We’re talking about honeydew melons this week because I’m now carrying something the size of one around my middle. My lovely daughter-to-be is …