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.
November is generally my least favourite month of the year. However, we’ve had some wonderful weather here in the New Forest and the autumn colour on the trees is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Lots of cold crisp weather with blue skies and stunning sunrises and sunsets puts a real spring in my step. To make life even better, lots of lovely comfort recipes have been rolling in. And, of course, with Christmas drawing nigh, bloggers are getting into the festive spirit. In this month’s We Should Cocoa round-up, you’ll find 14 festive chocolate recipes.
Who doesn’t love a good veggie burger? Not many I’m guessing. I’m a big fan, though I don’t make them as often as I should, or, maybe could. These black chickpea & red quinoa burgers with prunes are easy to make, hold together well and taste super scrumptious. Served with caramelised onions, tomatoes & chilli, they are truly hard to beat.
Prunes and chocolate is a winning, but often overlooked combination. These spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto are a particularly indulgent way to eat them. They make for a sumptuous dessert and are ideal dinner party fare. With flavours of orange, clove, nutmeg and allspice as well as amaretto, they would also make a good alternative dessert to Christmas pudding during the festive season.
This barley lentil dinner is a simple recipe made somewhat sophisticated by the addition of walnut gremolata and roasted tomatoes on the vine. It’s also very garlicky. If you love garlic as much as we do, this is a very fine thing.
October brings lots of colour, fabulous autumnal produce and Halloween of course. All are reflected here in these 8 tempting chocolate recipes. The cold weather gives an excellent excuse to indulge, so take a look. You may end up craving chocolate, but there are some surprising healthy options.
As the days gradually shorten and the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like a bracing afternoon walk followed by a comforting mug of hot chocolate. Most hot chocolate is good in my book, but for the ultimate Theobroma experience, it’s worth taking that extra few minutes to make yourself some real hot chocolate.
Apples have to be the best autumn treasure. They are versatile, delicious and can keep well. This year, they are also abundant. If you have more apples than you know what to do with, or even if you don’t, I urge you to make a batch of this spiced apple chutney.
The leaves are turning, the mornings are misty and the season of mellow fruitfulness has definitely arrived. There are apples aplenty here in the New Forest and apple cake is an autumnal essential bake. For Bonfire Night last year, I reckon I created my best ever. It’s a toffee apple hazelnut cake and is just perfect for this time of year.
Simple to prepare evening meals are my mainstay, even more so whilst I’m cooking for one. It’s good to have some variation though and this simple laksa noodle soup with tofu, red peppers and green cabbage is a filling and delicious addition to my repertoire. It has the added advantage of being vegan, so it makes a perfect dairy free meal.