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Selection of beetroot, carrot and cut lemon

As the weather warms up and the last vestiges of winter are cast aside, thoughts turn to cool, fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Jess our Lead at Corporate and Executive Services, has garnered together a selection to try.

Lemons in a white bowl

Lemons, one of those quintessential fruits with lots of uses. It can be a key ingredient in many sweet or savoury dishes and it has myriad health benefits. Who hasn’t sipped on a hot honey and lemon drink to soothe a sore throat?

Image of a womans hands, holding a whisk, mixing a batter in a bowl.

This wartime recipe by my Great Grandmother won 5 pounds in a recipe competition. Because of the war, rationing and budget meals were popular. So this recipe is great for tough times, when penny-pinching and counting every dollar is important.

Two mugs of hot chocolate, two spoons and a napkin with pieces of chocolate in the background

As the weather cools down, try out this new version of Hot Chocolate! It is adapted from a recipe for chocolate peanut butter sauce, developed by Nigella Lawson and included in the recipe book A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe. 

Fresh cauliflower and pieces on a hessian mat

Cauliflower to look at is quite bland and uninteresting, pale and chunky, a vegetable wrapped in green leaves. Whole cauliflowers can be bought for approximately $3.00 depending upon where you shop. However, it can be an amazing accompaniment to so many meals, or even on its own with a tasty sauce and crusty bread. 

An ice-cream Christmas Pudding, on a plate with chocolate drizzles over the top. Christmas decorations are in the background.

Rather than spending hot summer days with the oven on for 4 hours while the Christmas Cake cooks, my family tradition is for an easy Ice-cream Pudding. It is as simple as letting the ice cream soften, and mixing in the ingredients before re-freezing. No cooking is needed.

A display of cut slices of rocky road made from white chocolate. It has marshmallows and cherries and nuts.

Christmas is a time for sharing traditions. This is a simple recipe for Rocky Road with a festive twist. Great for parties and to share with friends. Package it in glass jars with some ribbon as a gift. We promise you will be asked for more!

bowl of pasta sauce

Simple comfort food, jam-packed with hidden goodness. This is an easy and flavourful pasta sauce that you can serve immediately, freeze or even jar for a later date. With a rich tomato flavour and packed full of veggies and, it is tasty.

Sweet potato is a vegetable that is full of flavour and has great health properties. Even better there are so many ways we can use it in our cooking, including this variation on the humble Sheperd's Pie.