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Red velvet and banana caramelCupcakes

Prairie Girl Bakery owner Jean Blacklock is adamant her confections be baked from scratch using fresh eggs, good-quality chocolate and salted butter, not shortening.

“Shortening is very much cheaper, but it has a really different texture and cheaper baked goods use it, but I think it’s a real trade-away. It gives you an odd mouth feel and not the same flavour as butter,” she says.

Slow cookers bring out the best in pork and Indian flavours

There’s a real joy in slowing down in the kitchen. Gone is the frantic stress of trying to get dinner on the table in an instant and in its place comes a different type of gentle cooking. It allows beautiful smells to waft through the house and ingredients to mingle and develop over time into something deep, rich and flavourful.