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Sweet potatoes have a lot going for them. They store well and they’re easy to prepare. They are also rich in anti-oxidants, iron, magnesium, and vitamins (including B6, C and D) — a number of these being known “stress busters”, so is it any wonder this curry is becoming a favorite comfort food?

A dear friend recently gifted me a Sri Lankan cookbook containing a recipe for squash curry, and I used it as a jumping off point for this rich, zesty sweet potato curry:

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This is a family favorite and a cinch to double or triple if you want to make extras. (If making to freeze or can, though, add the uncooked orzo to the soup just before packaging to avoid it turning to mush!) Don’t be put off by the seasoning — it really works!

Meatball Orzo Soup

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Minecraft is extremely popular with my three boys, so it didn’t really come as a surprise when Boy#1 requested a “Minecraft cake” for his birthday this year.

I put my thinking cap on and decided to make a terrain block — the “easy factor” is a key component of my homemade cakes. I like to have fun with them, but I neither need or want them to look cake store perfect. Using terrain blocks as the basis makes it easy to dress up the top in an infinite number of ways.DIY: Minecraft Terrain Block Cake

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cake

This recipe needs no fancy name. It’s flavour and moistness speak for themselves. This cake was a staple of childhood celebrations in my house while growing up — it makes a fabulous base for Black Forest Cake, but is also excellent with chocolate cream cheese icing and cinnamon hearts.

Of course, if I were to give it a fancy name, I’d probably call it “Triple Layer Fudge Cake”.. or something like that.

This cake has been the base for a number of birthday cakes for my own kids. One year I used it to make a pirate ship, another year it was transformed into a volcano. This year, it is being used in a Minecraft themed creation.Volcano!

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