WINTER PORRIDGE with winter fruits

Porridge, healthy and sustaining, spice up yours with this quick winter recipe. Every day breakfast needs to be simple, not a Michelin 3 star event!  I am sure, we can all agree on that. If you have 3 kids to get off to school, yourself to work and the dog to the vet, this recipe might just be for…

CHICKEN, FIG, NECTARINE TAGINE WITH BLACK LENTILS

Bring fragrant smells of a Moroccan Souk into your kitchen!   Think Moroccan and we conjure up images of the deep, vivid, colours from the open sacks of spices in markets and stacks of highly patterned ceramics. Smells in the air are sweet and spicy, that  feed the senses from a culture that is centred around a…

GREEN PEA & HAM HOCK SOUP

A bag of frozen green peas just got interesting! Vibrant green, velvety texture, the aroma of this soup fills the kitchen and once served will bring a smile to everyone’s face. This soup is happiness in a bowl. Although the initial cooking time for the stock takes 2-3 hours, the recipe is easy and requires little effort in…

CREAMY, SPICY, CARROT AND COCONUT SOUP

Carrots just got interesting!  is important to make any recipe a success! Have you ever had carrots that have a bitter, kerosene taste ? This happens when to the ground is treated to kill pests that attack the carrots causing an unpleasant taste not to mention other nasties from toxic substances. I use organic carrots…

BRAISED CABBAGE & APPLE WITH PROSCUITTO & FENNEL SEEDS

The humble cabbage just danced onto centre stage again! Quick, simple, cheap and healthy, just what the doctor ordered! Cabbage is a versatile vegetable in this dish which is an oldie but a goodie.  This recipe wins hearts every time, especially in the depth of winter. Kids love it and find it easy to eat.  70’s girl served this…

CHILLI HONEY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS AND CRUNCHY SLAW

Easy to make, economical, healthy, a crowd pleaser, honey chicken is always a winner.  Having trouble with fussy eaters, worry no more, this dish will have them scurrying to the dinner table on the first gong. I often made this for my girls when they were younger and now my grandchildren. In cooking classes, high school kids who…

COS SALAD WITH FRESH SALMON AND GOAT CURD

Home late, hungry, need a quick meal to enjoy as you, unwind for the day and have a quite chat over the soft flame of a candle. I have the perfect  recipe!   The chat over the soft light of a candle happened to be with one of my grand daughters and Mr 70’s. We had…

PASSIONFRUIT YOGURT, STRAWBERRIES,TOASTED COCONUT AND ALMONDS

This dessert will wow everyone’s socks off and it only takes 5 minutes to make. Healthy, yummy and quick, a winning formula in the kitchen, this dessert ticks all the boxes. I make this for breakfast, snacks or as a dessert. No matter who eats this dessert the bowls are always licked clean. Sugar free…

FRESH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

Sometimes simple is unbeatable. We too often search the world for fabulousness and forget what is under our very eyes. Paddling in the shallows at the beach while the sun slips under the horizon, reading a funny book under the dappled shade of a beautiful old tree on a hot summers day, the gurgling laughter of children, a…

GRILLED RUBY GRAPEFRUIT WITH HONEY AND CINNAMON

Rise, shine and say hello to a new day with simple, fresh and delicious food I promised simple, fresh and delicious food and in todays blogs 70’s girl will deliver. Nothing shouts winter more than the groaning boughs of citrus trees straining under the weight of their load of oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruit. I have…

LASAGNA WITH MUSHROOMS, GLUTEN FREE

Comfort food, make two and freeze one. Is there anyone who doesn’t like lasagna? It is the ultimate family meal, comfort food and kids love it.  I have made this one with lean turkey mince, gluten free lasagna and goat milk instead of cow milk. This is a dish that you can pack in and hide a…

LAMB MUSHROOM AND WINTER VEGETABLE SOUP

Slow cooking wins hearts in winter I am surprised, by the oohs and aahs we hear bone broth today. When I look through cookbooks and hipster café menus one would think bone broth is a revelation, a new discovery! Slow soups, stocks and cooking has been around forever in most cultures with some variations. The slow cooking draws out…