‘This cake has no added refined sugar and I use ground almonds instead of flour. I love the taste and texture. If you prefer it sweeter add some stevia.
These chocolate muffins are so quick and easy to make and they are so soft and delicious that I think most people will not be able to resist a second one.
During Christmas week or a weekend in December they are ideal a any tie of the day and a good start to the weekend as a late breakfast too with a cup of coffee. Thick, dark and silky chocolate gives you an instant lift and you can also omit the icing and sprinkle oats, museli or your favourite seeds on top before baking.
‘Every year I save some of my Christmas Mincemeat to use the following year. The flavour matures and the taste improves over time and once we start to approach the beginning of November I like to use it up and make this egg free mincemeat loaf which is absolutely effortless but starts to remind me that Christmas is only round the corner. I made a variety of two different loaves this week, one in real time during the tv show.
‘biscotti made with mincemeat and studded with colourful glace cherries will spice up any Christmas gathering. I use almond meal [or ground almonds] mixed with the flour. For a gluten free option use gluten free self raising flour.’ You will need: 1 cup mincemeat [mincepie filling] 2 cups self raising flour 1 cup almond flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda a pinch of salt … Read More How to make Christmas Biscotti using mincemeat
‘Christmas is no Christmas without chestnuts! This dish is festive and wholesome, just a different way to serve stuffing with your turkey or goose. With fresh sage and topped with cranberries, it will make a great addition to the Christmas table’ You will need: 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 onions, finely chopped, cooked 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped 350g vacuum packed chestnuts 1 local sausage, cooked and finely chopped 2 … Read More Chestnut roquefort stuffing
Sicilian Cuccidati make a welcome addition or alternative to mincepies. Like most people I adore mince pies but I usually like to add this Sicilian version to my Christmas baking. Traditional cuccidati recipes require the filling to be cooked and in this recipe I have removed refined sugar and left simply blended all the ingredients for the filling in a food processor with an amazing result in texture and flavour.
We live on an island with clear skies and calm waters in the middle of winter and this is Christmas Eve on an island blessed with so many good things in life. I have eaten Borscht both as a clear soup and thick purée and during my last trip to Poland recently with potato dumplings. Here is my Mediterranean version with very little cooking … Read More Borscht Mediterranean Style
This is a gluten free pudding based on one of mum’s old recipes. I made it on TV this week, so quickly and it was delicious as we tucked in straight away, It can be made last minute and if you are going to store it for use later, do so in an air tight tin, pierce it with a skewer and pour … Read More Gluten Free Christmas Pudding, a very easy recipe 🙂
I really like this mincemeat filling with dark chocolate pieces. I use vegetable suet and this is mincemeat that you can use straight away without maturing. You will need: 500g currants 500g raisins 500g sultanas 250g apples, peeled and cored 200g chopped almonds 1 lemon, juice and zest 100g vegetable suet 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon … Read More Mincemeat with dark chocolate bits
Celebrity Chef Peter Dacoutrous , a good friend of mine handcrafted this beautiful crib…. Getting ready for Christmas makes us excited and a good part of the preparations are connected with food. Christmas is all about food and eating. I had a number of requests to suggest alternatives to the main turkey roast and I spent a day with Amon at Le Meridien planning … Read More Amon’s Christmas tips ! A happy Christmas………