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A very lovely recipe… and a wholesome muesli bar


I collect recipes.  I have magazines and folders and catalogue cards and scraps of paper with hastily scribbled recipes everywhere.  And now that I have this blog, I have my blog books – the place to record  ideas, and more recipes.

Recently I started a new book.  The other day I was surprised to discover a new recipe in it – written by my 8 year old daughter.  It goes like this (spelling and all):

“The bLovelyRecipeWriterest recipie ever

1.  cup of love
2.  worm cups of yummy enthusiasim
3.  Sprinkle of care.
Then you have your family bread”

Completely delicious!!

And for something wholesome to chew on as we ponder the words of babes, I offer this wonderful crunchy flavor-filled and easy to make muesli bar.  Perfect for school lunch boxes, work day treats, or general munchies.

Apricot Seeded Muesli Bar 2

Seedy Apricot Muesli Bar


  • 1  c oats
  • ½ c sesame seeds
  • ½ c sunflower seeds
  • ½ c pumpkin seeds
  • ½ c raw cashews, crushed
  • 2 T wheatgerm
  • 1 T linseed meal
  • 1 c desiccated coconut
  • 1 c dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 T white chia seeds
  • 125 g butter
  • ½ c honey
  • 1/3 c brown sugar

Line a 16 x 28 cm tray.

In a large frying pan, cook oats, nuts, and pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds over a medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add wheatgerm, linseed meal and coconut and cook for a further 4 minutes, stirring constantly until ingredients are just starting to brown. Remove immediately from heat and place in large bowl.  Add apricots and chia seeds.

In a small saucepan heat butter, sugar and honey until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 6 minutes without stirring.  Pour into dry ingredients and mix well – but quickly.

Press mixture into the tray and press down evenly. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing.

Date Loaf


My grandmother stopped working when she got married.  She lived in an era when most men believed it was their job to be The Provider and the woman’s role was to manage the home.  It was a shame really because she was an incredibly smart woman who had begun a highly promising career.  So anyway , she moved into her new home and diverted her boundless energies into being the best of the best home makers.  Ultimately this led to a level of domestic obsession that has become legend, but those are tales for another day.

Annie was up early each day, and she began most mornings in the kitchen whipping up some essential meal or treat.  Friends would often pop in around breakfast time for a morning coffee.  So it was a good idea to have a freshly baked loaf of something scrumptious to hand…

This date loaf is dense and filling and absolutely lovely.  Like most of my favourite recipes it is also easy to make. The recipe calls for 1 cup of nuts (I think pecans work best) but these days I just put a couple of nuts on the top because the sprogs don’t like cooked nuts.


  • 1 1/2 c dates
  • 1 1/2 c boiling water
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c wholemeal flour
  • 1 3/4 c plain flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t cream of tartar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 c nuts (optional)

Cut dates, pour boiling water over. Add butter, sugar and salt and mix well. Once cool, add egg, vanilla, flours, cinnamon, soda and cream of tartar. Add nuts if using. Bake in large load pan lined with baking powder for about an hour at 175C.