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COOK­ING FOR ONE CAN STILL BE A TREAT WITH SPE­CIAL SOLO DIN­NER – SO GO ON, SPOIL YOUR­SELF.

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Sarah Tuck cel­e­brates the joys of treat­ing your­self to a spe­cial meal

SHAR­ING DIN­NER AROUND the ta­ble with fam­ily has al­ways been my favourite thing in the world. As my boys were grow­ing up, from child­hood to adult­hood, noth­ing gave me more plea­sure than to have us all seated around the ta­ble, shar­ing sto­ries, opin­ions and thoughts – the older they be­came the more ro­bust and con­sid­ered the dis­cus­sion! These days my boys are young men and have flown the nest and I find my­self fly­ing solo, so I have spent the last two years try­ing to en­sure that I don’t lose the rit­ual of en­joy­ing a lovely meal on my own. I cer­tainly don’t light the can­dles ev­ery night, but once in a while I will cook up a feast (know­ing that I will have left­overs to last me the week) and sit down to en­joy some of my favourite foods. French onion soup is a to­tal clas­sic; it is sim­ple to make and gets bet­ter ev­ery day it sits in the fridge. A small serve teamed with a piece of golden, cheesy-toasted sour­dough, it is the per­fect way to start. Next up, I love a serv­ing of softly curry-flavoured veg­eta­bles tucked into a flaky pas­try shell, a fab­u­lously nur­tur­ing com­bi­na­tion, with enough for spare pies to pop in the freezer. To fin­ish, I can’t go past vanilla-bean ice cream, given a flavour kick-inthe-pants with choco­late-spiked espresso, and an or­anges­cented, choco­late-cov­ered bis­cotti or two to dip in the bowl.

Flash back to a hot Syd­ney sum­mer mak­ing Christ­mas mince pies with my lovelies

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