2 full cups of mixed raisins, currants, sultanas and cranberries
½ cup chopped apricots or ½ cup crushed pineapple (drained)
½ cup Grape seed oil
1 cup of brown sugar or Chelsea low GI Raw sugar
½ cup of brandy or 1 cup of red wine (optional)
½  cup very strong coffee or tea (3 teaspoons of coffee to ½ cup hot water)
2 ½ cups Wholegrain flour
Teaspoons of finely grated orange rind or lemon rind
2-3 tablespoons of Maple syrup
4-5 Egg whites (2 yellows)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

Line a deep square or round cake tin with cooking paper
Combine dry fruit, oil, sugar, alcohol, tea/coffee and stir over heat until combined. 
Simmer covered for 10minutes.  Cool to room temperature.
Add eggs, maple syrup, flour and dry ingredients.
Decorate with Almonds and Glace Cherries.
Bake slowly at 150 degrees for 2-3 hours.
After cooked splash the top with extra brandy, cover with tea towels and leave overnight to cool in pan.


by Maree Stubbington

Thai-flavoured Chicken Patties Serves 4

750gm Chicken breast minced       "see cooks tip"
2 egg whites
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp crushed chillies
½ red onion finely chopped
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs soya sauce
2 tsp coconut essence  "optional"
2 tbs tomato paste
¼ cup fresh parsley
¼ cup fresh coriander

Directions: Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Divide mixture into 12 portions. Shape portions into patties. Heat non stick pan & cook patties in batches  3-4 mins each side. Great done on the BBQ. Serve with salad either hot or cold

Cooks Tip:
Be aware when purchasing Chicken breast mince. Most places leave the skin on when mincing. If you approach your local butcher or supermarket they will gladly mince skinless breast in bulk 10kg at a time "Share the cost with a friend".

Nutritional Information: per serve approx: calories 271, protein 50gm, carbohydrate 2gm, fat 7 gm

Lean living
Its a lifestyle, not a life sentence!
Maree Stubbington  

Here's one for all the the people with sweet toothes out there:

2 cup nonfat yoghurt, plain1
½ cup sliced fruit
1 cup cold water
3 T lemon juice
1 T vanilla extract10 packets Equal

In food processor, blend yoghurt and fruit until smooth. Pour mixture into ice cube tray. Cover and freeze till firm. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw 10minutes. In food processor, blend water, lemon juice, vanilla extract and Equal. Remove cubes from tray by inverting under warm tap. One by one, drop cubes into food processor. If mixture becomes too thick to blend, add more cold water and pulse blend.

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·         Different flavours and colours of Weight Watches jelly

·         Different Fruits; Berries, Strawberries, Grapes, Peaches all work well. Citrus, banana and Kiwi do not work well - too acidic.

·         250-500gm Tararua Lite Cottage Cheese

·         Artificial sweetener if you are that way inclined or sugar; either way, this is fewer cal's than a standard pud!

·         Lite, low sugar, fruit yogurt (I like Strawberry Fresh & Fruity Lite)

·         A large pretty class bowl (or you could do little individual ones)

To Do:

1.       Make first layer of jelly, pour into your bowl, allow to firm up in fridge a little so fruit does not sink straight to bottom, start with the lightest fruit.

2.       Once first layer is set firm, (maybe 3 hours) repeat with next layer of jelly and fruit.

3.       Repeat as many times as you like, but leave room at top of bowl for the Cottage Cheese and Yogurt layer.

4.       Mash as much Cottage Cheese as you need to cover top with a good layer. Add sweetener to taste.

5.       Just before serving, cover top of jelly with a layer of sweetened Cottage Cheese.

6.       Then top it off with a decorative layer of Yogurt and some more berries, maybe even some slivered almonds if you like.

Notes & Variations:

v      Add the Cottage Cheese layer as late as possible as the jelly colour stains it.

v      If you do not add sweetener to the cottage cheese, it has a tart, cheesecake taste that I quite like. Test it out with a little version first so you can figure out what tastes good to you.

v      You could try mixing in Philadelphia extra light cream cheese for an even greater cheesecake effect.

v      The main thing is, it looks really pretty, requires no cooking and is perfectly healthy, low sugar, high protein pudding (and no one will know)!!!  

v      If you can't serve a Christmas dessert without a wee spot of the old Sherry or Cherry Brandy, try making up one or two of the jellies with half water/ half sherry.

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