Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy … I think you’re probably getting the drift. It’s my birthday and what would make a better gift than chocolate? Only this time I’m keen to offer you some too. Or at least I want to give one lucky reader the chance to win some Pacari premium organic chocolate. But don’t despair, I also have a bonus offer of a 10% discount to all EU readers. Oh, and did I mention, yesterday was World Chocolate Day.
Blackcurrants are available for a limited season only. This makes these dark purple fruit, with their fresh, sweet and tart flavour, even more appealing. They have a number of health benefits too. If you’re lucky enough to get hold of any, but are wondering what to do with them, these blackcurrant recipes are here to help you out.
This raspberry cream sponge cake is a taste of summer and a highlight of any garden party. It’s a classic victoria sponge, but baked with scented leaves to impart an air of added sophistication and delight. Two sponges are sandwiched together with crushed raspberries and rose flavoured cream. It’s very hard to resist.
Sausage salad is one of the best meals to prepare for a sizzling summer. It’s my summertime take on a comfort food classic – sausage and mash. There are plenty of flavours and textures to keep everyone interested and the zesty lime & herb dressing makes this salad sing. It’s quick and easy to put together, makes a tasty family meal but is also impressive enough for entertaining.
Are you a matcha fan? Do you know what it is? It’s a wonderful ingredient to use in baking. These green matcha madeleines are little cakes with attitude. They’re flavoured with Japanese green tea powder (matcha) for complexity and lemon for freshness.
Sometimes simple is best. This recipe for griddled asparagus has only three ingredients and it’s absolutely delicious. Salt is an optional fourth. It’s also very quick to make and serves as an elegant spring side dish, starter or supper.
Rhubarb season is now in full swing. These fluffy rhubarb muffins contain wholemeal spelt flour and kefir. This means they’re particularly gentle on the digestive system. They’re also really easy to make and a sure fire winner. Bursts of tart rhubarb and just a hint of rose transform these workaday muffins into something just a little bit special.
At last we have the long awaited (by me at least) vegetarian cookbook from Sabrina Ghayour. Bazaar: vibrant vegetarian recipes is pretty much what you’d expect from the title. It’s packed with mostly Middle Eastern inspired recipes from a talented flavour enthusiast. Flick through the pages and you’ll find dishes both vibrant and exciting. Read on to learn more about the book along with a recipe for roasted aubergine carrot couscous. Oh, and there’s a giveaway too.
Back off Bugs, carrot tops aren’t just for bunnies. This naturally vegan recipe for carrot top pistou produces a vibrant, fresh and zingy condiment that livens up all sorts of dishes. It’s super quick to make and can be on the table in five minutes.
If you like cinnamon, then snickerdoodles are the biscuits for you. Isn’t the name fabulous? For those not in the know, they’re a popular American classic: buttery balls of dough that are rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking. These spelt snickerdoodles are made with wholemeal spelt flour and produce a delightful soft and chewy cookie.