Crispy-bottomed steamed dumplings

Sweet roasted butternut squash and our humble friend broccoli are the heroes in this recipe. It’s great to give veg some love in these delicate flavour-packed dumplings. Crisp and soft in one mighty mouthful.  serves 4

500 g butternut squash
olive oil
1 clove of garlic
6 cm piece of ginger
80 g broccoli
1 teaspoon red miso paste
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
24 x 10cm square wonton wrappers
½ a fresh red chilli
2 spring onions
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
low-salt soy sauce
English mustard
1 lime

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Quarter the squash, deseed and toss with 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then roast on a tray for 1 hour, or until soft and golden. Leave to cool.
Peel the garlic and 2cm of the ginger, then whiz in a food processor with the broccoli, miso and vinegar until fine. Pulse in the squash, then season to taste.
One by one, lightly wet the edges of the wonton wrappers with your finger, add 1 heaped teaspoon of filling to the middle of each, and pinch together to seal (don’t stress if they tear every now and again), placing them in a large oiled nonstick frying pan as you go. Put the pan over a high heat, then pour over 150ml of water and cover. Let it steam until the water has completely evaporated, then uncover and allow to fry, removing as soon as the bottoms are golden and crisp.
Meanwhile, peel the remaining ginger, finely grate with the chilli, and place in a small dipping bowl. Trim and finely shred the spring onions, toast the sesame seeds, then serve with soy, mustard and lime wedges.

– I love swapping in sweet peas, asparagus, water chestnuts and edamame. Delicious!
– I’m using wonton wrappers here, but you could use homemade pasta, roll it out and treat it in exactly the same way.
– Use sweet potato or any other root veg instead of the squash. Use whatever green veg you have, finely sliced cabbage, spinach, spring onions… Mix it up and harness your veg power!
– You could even add minced chicken if you’ve got it, or prawns.
– I’ve used a food processor for the broccoli, but you can absolutely use a box grater and achieve the same effect.

SPELT CARROT & WALNUT CAKE (similarities to

Spelt flour has a sweeter flavour and lighter texture than wheat flour


1 cup wholemeal Spelt Flour
3/4 cup SR flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tsp BP
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 extra large eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
1 finely grated rind from orange
300g (approx. 2) carrots, finely grated

Cream Cheese Frosting
250g cream cheese, diced and softened
80g butter, diced and softened
3 cups icing sugar mixture
1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted

1.  Pre-heat oven to 180 (160C fan-forced). Line a 20 x 20cm square cake pan with baking paper.

2.  Combine flours, sugar, walnuts, BP and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

3.  Whisk together – eggs, oil, orange rind.  Add to dry ingredients with carrot, mix well.
Bake  45 mins. Allow to cool 15 mins before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

4.  For cream cheese frosting: beat together cream cheese & butter until smooth. Gradually add icing sugar until all combined. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with shredded coconut.