Cardamom-Kissed Pistachio and Chia Seed Pudding (gluten free, vegan)

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This week I was tasked with creating a quick and portable breakfast recipe, preferably through the use of chia seeds, for a very time-pressed friend of mine. Chocolate chia pudding was the first thing that came to mind, but that didn’t seem quite right. It didn’t seem… interesting enough. I wanted this recipe to really capture the essence of my friend – exotic yet approachable, exciting yet down-to-earth. I suddenly thought of the comforting and aromatic flavours of India and simply couldn’t shake them; everything seemed to just fall into place from there. What I didn’t anticipate was how beautifully this recipe would turn out on the first try.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Pomegranate and Pistachios (gluten free, vegan)

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People ask me all the time where I get inspiration for my recipes, and of course, that ends up requiring a bit of a lengthy reply. Cookbooks and food blogs of course inspire me, as do my own taste buds and whatever happens to be in the fridge when I decide to cook, but more often than not it’s a simple trip to the farmer’s market or grocery store. I sometimes ignore what’s in season to feed a craving, but it’s always much more rewarding to work in tandem with what nature has to offer. It forces you to get those creative juices flowing and perhaps cook with unfamiliar ingredients – I made a lasagna with celeriac noodles the other day and… mind blown! Plus, seasonal produce tastes WAY better and lets you feel good (and just a little smug) about doing your part to support local farmers.

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Mulberry-Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free)

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You may be asking yourselves, “Does the world need another oatmeal cookie recipe?”. I did some considerable soul-searching while developing this recipe, thinking long and hard, before deciding that… yes. Yes it does. These aren’t oatmeal chocolate chip, and they aren’t oatmeal raisin. They aren’t an oatmeal-anything that’s been done before. You won’t find a mulberry-pistachio oatmeal cookie anywhere else, in fact, and I promise you’ll be fast and true friends in no time! I’m munching on one while writing this post and it’s pretty much the perfect cookie, at least in my (cookie)books. The two star ingredients take this recipe from old-fashioned favourite to gourmet – yet healthy – extravagance in one fell swoop!

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