Apple Mac – A Christmas Cocktail to Warm the Bleak Midwinter

Apple Mac - A Warming Winter Cocktail

For our sins, we’re an Apple Mac household, but be not afeared, this post is not about the IT giant and its associated paraphernalia. No, this is all about festive fun and a Christmas cocktail that will warm the cockles of your heart. It should please most people prepared to imbibe over the season of merriness and good cheer. Begone bleak midwinter blues.

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Strasbourg Kouglof – Brioche Buns with Almonds & Rum Soaked Raisins

Strasbourg Kouglof

Kouglof is a speciality of Strasbourg and the wider region of Alsace, that fascinating, oft-disputed region, where France and Germany rub shoulders. It’s a sort of brioche studded with almonds and raisins and shaped to look like a crown. Although they can be found all year round, they come into their own at the Strasbourg Christmas Market. The recipe for Strasbourg kouglof here is my take on this classic French bake.

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Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts

September is the month for blackberries, apples and green cobnuts. Yes cobnuts are good at Christmas to be sure, but eat them fresh in September and it’s quite a different experience. These blackberry & apple spelt pancakes with brown buttered cobnuts are a taste sensation – truly.

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Cucumber Roll-Ups with a Garlicky Feta & Mint Filling

Cucumber Roll-UP with a Garlic Feta Mint Filling

If you’ve never rolled a cucumber, I urge you to do so. These cucumber roll-ups with garlicky feta & mint filling make for a delicious refreshing summer starter,  light lunch or barbecue accompaniment. They’re really easy to make, especially if you have the OXO Good Grips Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 at your disposal.

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Easy Spanish Tortilla with British Gems New Potatoes

Easy Spanish Tortilla

This recipe for an easy Spanish tortilla has less fat and creates less mess than the traditional. It uses very few ingredients and makes a mighty fine summer brunch, lunch or picnic with a crisp green salad. Although it’s made with little more than new potatoes, slow cooked onions and eggs, it’s irresistible.

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Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits With Purple Corn Flour & Yacon Powder

Healthier Vegan Easter Biscuits

Easter just isn’t Easter somehow without Easter biscuits. I first starting making these traditional treats flavoured with mixed spice and currants when I was at school and have been making them ever since. This year I thought I’d change things up a bit so I’ve gone for these healthier vegan Easter biscuits with purple corn flour & yacon powder instead.

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By Heck This Recipe for Green Veggie Meatballs in Tomato Sauce is Good!

Green Veggie Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I’ve been wanting to create a stand out recipe for veggie meatballs for a very long time. Procrastination rarely pays off and now Heck have beaten me to it. There was nothing for it but to create a super delicious way of serving them. These green veggie meatballs in tomato sauce served as part of a Middle Eastern feast fits the bill beautifully. All vegan and so very tasty.

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Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado and Other Brunch Options

Huevos Rancheros with Smashed Avocado

A late leisurely breakfast or brunch is such a treat at the weekend. In fact, brunch has become my favourite meal. It seems I’m not the only one. It’s been rising in popularity over the last few years and is now said to be the nation’s best loved repast. This recipe for Mexican Huevos Rancheros with smashed avocado is a great brunch standby. It’s simple to make, pushes the boat out a little and kicks ass.

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Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Yes, it’s another flipping pancake post! But Pancake Day is very nearly here and I’m making the most of it. It’s one of my favourite days of the year as it’s a good excuse to indulge. English, Dutch, Scots, American, Breton, sweet, savoury – pancakes of any description are fine by me. Last week I made some savoury pea protein pancakes. Today I give you wholemeal spelt pancakes served with a sophisticated coffee cardamom chocolate sauce.

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Pea Protein Pancakes with Matcha & Spicy Peanut Sauce (vegan + gf)

Pea Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are always a treat, but I have a particularly soft spot for savoury pancakes. My dinner time treat, when I was a child, was wholemeal pancakes with cheese sauce – utter bliss. These pea protein pancakes include matcha for flavour and colour and are served with a spicy peanut sauce. They are vegan, gluten free and most importantly, tasty.

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