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Fig Clafoutis

Fig clafoutis

Fresh fig season is the best season (apart from summer, but we’re not counting that).

I’m really lucky that my friend’s mum has a large fig tree, and I’ve been reaping the bounty of their harvests.

That’s right – free figs all for meeeee. Alastair doesn’t really eat them, so I’ve been scoffing them down like crazy.

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Chocolate brownies

Brownies

These brownies came about due to op shopping.

There’s an op shop near my workplace that I pop into occasionally to look for photography props. Most of the time I come out empty handed but sometimes I get something good.

On my last visit, I found something great – a large French crystal cake stand. For the huge sum of $5. Wheeee.

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Cold brew coffee

Coffee

Hey, it’s summer.

And surprise! It’s hot! Well, it’s not that hot *today* but it was stupidly hot last week, and we have another bout of 40°C weather coming up early next week.

What to do when it’s already 30°C at 7am and getting a bit too warm for coffee?

Never fear coffee addicts, there’s always cold brew.

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Roast goat leg with chimichurri

Roast goat leg with chimichurri

So peas are the most evil vegetable in existence (and if you don’t think so, you are wrong). As I said in an IG comment this week: peas hide under your bed so they can murder you in your sleep and they kick puppies for sport.

It’s true.

And if peas are the most evil of evil, then parsley is the evil understudy.

Really, what do people *do* with parsley apart from pushing it to the side of their plate and trying to ignore it?

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Chocolate chiffon cake *

Chocolate chiffon cake

I’ve said it before, but it was a whole month ago, so it’s time to say it again:

Chiffon cakes are the best cakes.

And this particular chiffon cake is pretty damn good. Look at how tall and beautiful it is! It’s not just pretty though, it’s also delicious.

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Banana chiffon cake

Banana chiffon cake

Chiffon cakes are the best cakes.

They are, seriously.

They’re light, they’re fluffy, they’re not too sweet, and (unlike sponge cakes) I can actually bake them. They’re so lovely and have the nicest texture.

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Lamb pilaf with green almonds

lamb pilaf with green almonds

What’s green, furry and grows on trees?

I know that this sounds like the beginning to a terrible joke, but I do have a serious answer for you: almonds.

I’m going to be completely honest and tell you – I had no idea that immature almonds came in a fuzzy green pod. It’s not something that had ever crossed my mind. So when I saw some, I had to buy them.

Green almonds appear very briefly in early spring, and consist of a fuzzy outer shell and a soft white seed surrounded by a jelly-ish inner. After they are harvested, they eventually shrivel and harden and lose their furry coats.

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