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the focus of the Dragon’s picnic is whole foods, plant based eating and the site is a collection of information and favourite recipes gathered along the way


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  • Marinated Green Bean Salad

    Roasting is one of my favourite ways to prepare vegetables and lately I have been serving them with a variety of creamy tahini-based sauces such as lemon, lime or orange flavours. However, a marinade is also a great way to intensify the flavour of food with just a few simple ingredients.

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  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

    “Do you know the muffin man who lives in Drury Lane …” is mentioned by Snopes as a popular nursery rhyme which is rumoured to have been used as a “caution to children, warning them to beware of a 16th-century baker-turned-serial-killer who enticed his young victims by pulling a muffin down the cobblestone streets of London with a string”.

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  • Millet, Beet, Lentil and Hazelnut Salad

    Along with many others, when I think of comfort food I often gravitate towards grains, breads, and pastas.  As grains are naturally high in fiber, they tend to leave you feeling full and satisfied. However, not many of us would think of a salad as comfort food but adding grains to vegetables, and other typical salad ingredients, can make for a tasty and satisfying meal.

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  • Iced Oat Bars

    Craving a sweet treat? For as long as I can remember, I have always reached for something sweet at the end of a meal. It has definitely been a time-honoured tradition in our family to enjoy dessert and it is a habit I have never considered giving up. However, what has changed over time is the type of treat that I find will satisfy the sweet craving and it no longer needs to be something full of refined sugars, saturated fats and processed ingredients.

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  • Spiced Mango Chutney

    Chutney is a delicious and versatile condiment that is full of micronutrients and thought to aid digestion. It can be used in a variety of cuisines and is often made from fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs with vinegar, sugar, and spices. There are many types of chutney which can be used to add a variety of flavours to a range of things such as curries, cheese and biscuits, roasts and sandwiches. Generally, chutney can be used to highlight specific flavours or provide balance to a range of dishes.

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  • Vegan Chocolate Marble Milk Bread

    If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, there is no doubt that bread would be high on my list.  My favourite types of bread have always been the heavier loaves such as pumpernickel, multigrain and soda bread.  So, in complete contract, when I recently discovered Japanese Milk Bread with its soft, light texture, it was a surprise to find it so appealing.

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