Vegetarian food blog featuring delicious and nutritious whole food recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Quince Jelly with Optional Apple and Chilli

Quince Jelly with Apples and Chilli.

Autumn, Gifts, Preserves | 1st October 2019 | By

Fragrant quince jelly with an optional chilli kick. It’s a sweet, tart and easy to make flavoursome jelly which is also very versatile. Make it purely with quinces, if you’re lucky enough to have a sufficient quantity, or add apples to bulk them up if needed.

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Christmas Chocolate Bark – Matcha and Cranberry Delight

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Chocolates, Christmas, Gifts | 20th December 2018 | By

A layer of rich dark chocolate, followed by one of marbled sweet white chocolate flavoured with cranberries and matcha green tea. Break this Christmas chocolate bark into pieces and load into bags to make scrumptious festive gifts for loved ones.

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Lemon & Ginger Mincemeat – a Spicy Festive Treat

Lemon & Ginger Mincemeat

Christmas, Gifts | 21st December 2017 | By

I’ve been making mincemeat for several years now. Once you’ve made your own it’s hard to go back to shop bought. But ding dong merrily on high, it’s fun to ring the changes by creating variations on a theme. This year I’ve opted for this warming and refreshing lemon & ginger mincemeat.

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Spiced Apple Chutney – Easy, Delicious and Simply The Best

Spiced Apple Chutney

Christmas, Gifts, Preserves | 22nd October 2017 | By

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.

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Christmas Bliss Balls – Cranberry, Pistachio, Coconut & Salted Caramel

Christmas Bliss Balls

If you’re running out of time to make biscuits but want to give homemade gifts this Noel, these Christmas Bliss Balls may be the answer. They’re not only delicious but are refined sugar, dairy and gluten free and easy to make. Rolling the balls in green pistachios, red cranberries and white coconut make them look wonderfully festive.

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Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti with Orange and Cardamom – Gluten Free

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

It’s the second week in December and I’ve only just made my first Christmas recipe. Biscuits and cookies make great gifts at Christmas and when I’m organised, I like to make a few of them. I’ve started with these gluten free chocolate pistachio biscotti as I want to get a few sent off in the post and biscotti are great for keeping well.

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Chocolate Viennese Whirls with Vanilla Buttercream & Blackcurrant Jam

Plate of chocolate Viennese whirls sandwiched with blackcurrant jam and vanilla buttercream.

Biscuits, Gifts, We Should Cocoa | 4th September 2016 | By

Despite their name, Viennese whirls are a classic British biscuit. These chocolate Viennese whirls are light, short and buttery. They’re filled with vanilla buttercream and blackcurrant jam and they’re not as difficult to make as you might think. They’re just the thing for posh tea parties but also make a lovely Christmas gift.

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Pistachio Biscuits with Rose and Almonds

Pistachio Biscuits

Of all the biscuits I made in my epic Christmas bake last year, these pistachio biscuits made with almonds and flavoured with a little rose, cardamom and cinnamon were the ones that received the most rave reviews. So *drum roll* I’m finally going to give you the recipe. It’s the next in my Flavours of the Middle East series.

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Christmas Butter Biscuits (Matcha, Chocolate and Vanilla) + a Cookie Swap

Christmas Butter Biscuits

Three differently coloured and flavoured biscuit doughs are used here to great effect. Simple to make, these vanilla, matcha and chocolate Christmas butter biscuits are also very easy to eat.

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Coconut Bliss Balls with Medjool Dates & Raw Cacao

Dish full of Coconut Bliss Balls

These sumptuous coconut bliss balls are a type of raw chocolate truffle. They don’t have the name bliss balls for nothing. Try one and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever bothered with conventional truffles. Well maybe I exaggerate a little, but only just.

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