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A few weeks ago Bogdan and I hosted a BBQ for colleagues and I decided we needed 7 packages of puff pastry – just in case. Not only did we not get through all 7 packages that night, we didn’t even use one. So I’ve been put in the very difficult position of finding tasty and non-repetitive ways to use them all. The first package went towards a cheater version of Italian sfogliatelle I found…

Passion fruit curd is a rich and tangy fruit custard that’s a perfect accompaniment to crepes and pancakes (or a Dutch baby), cupcakes, cakes, as a filing for macarons, or spread on a lovely piece of toast at breakfast. Once you’ve extracted the juice from the fruit the rest of the process is so simple it made me wonder why I hadn’t done it sooner. It was so easy that now I want to make…

Last Friday night Bogdan’s work hosted a cultural diversity potluck. All the Romanians in the office got together the night before to cook. Together we made a big bowl of salata beouf, a chopped salad of boiled potatoes, carrots, celery root, chicken, pickles and homemade mayo that’s often made for big family gatherings and holidays. I happened to have Friday off so I decided to also make this savoury feta cheese pie with dill because…

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