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

Maamoul – Date and Walnut Stuffed Cookies

Maamoul in a basket with two fillings: 1) date and orange blossom water 2) toasted walnut & medlar.

Short buttery pastries stuffed with two types of filling. You’ll find a spicy date filling and a walnut and honey one. Both are delicious, but you can choose just one if you prefer. Maamoul come from the Levant and they make great festive cookies.

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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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Whisky Truffles with Dark Chocolate and Fresh Cream

Whisky Truffles with Dark Chocolate and Fresh Cream

Chocolates, Gifts | 25th September 2017 | By

Sumptuous rich chocolate whisky truffles made with dark chocolate and fresh cream. Ideal as an after dinner accompaniment to coffee or as a gift.

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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 – Gluten Free

Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

A classic Italian twice baked biscotti studded with pistachios and flavoured with chocolate, orange and cardamom. Perfect for dunking. What’s more these chocolate pistachio biscotti are gluten-free.

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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 Fragrant Rose and Almonds

Pistachio Biscuits

Crisp and crumbly nutty shortbread type biscuits flavoured with a little cardamom, cinnamon and fragrant rose. These pistachio biscuits are perfect for the festive season and ideal as a homemade Christmas gift.

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