Warm Brown Rice Salad with Poached Egg

I've been feeling a little under the weather lately.  For the last couple of weeks I've been feeling run down and tired, and have been trying my hardest to hold a cold at bay, but alas I've succumbed to it and have been nursing a dreaded lurgy since the weekend.  Boo!

As the old saying goes, there's no rest for the weary, so I've been soldiering-on and hoping that by eating good nutritious food, drinking lots of fluids and resting whenever possible, I can hopefully get better soon.  In the meantime I still have to drag myself out of bed each day to get the kids sorted for school and myself for work, so by the time the afternoon rolls around, I'm ready to call it a day.

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Apple & Walnut Cake with Caramel Sauce

If there's one thing I look forward to eating when the weather cools off it's a lovely warm pudding straight out of the oven with lashings of caramel or butterscotch sauce - swoon!!  I could eat one morning, noon and night!  Sticky date is one of my favourites; however, since both of my children aren't partial to dates, I've had to be creative and try to come up with an alternative that satisfies my love for all things drenched in buttery-saucy goodness, whilst replacing the offending fruit with something my kids would find more palatable.  So in the spirit of Autumn, I've decided to go with apples.  And in my opinion, nothing beats the combination of apples, cinnamon, caramel and brandy, so why not enjoy them altogether in one delicious cake!

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