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

Brown Butter Biscuits with Optional Cardamom

Brown Butter Biscuits cooling on a rack.

Biscuits | 17th March 2020 | By

Butter biscuits are delicious of course. But brown that butter and you’ll ramp the flavour up several notches. These brown butter biscuits are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. If you’re not fond of cardamom, swap it for another spice or just leave it out altogether.

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Easy Carrot Jam – A Sweet Persian Condiment

Five Jars of Easy Carrot Jam - Moraba-ye Havij

Preserves | 3rd April 2019 | By

Yes, carrot jam is a thing. It’s been made in the Middle East since at least the 12th century. In Iran, carrot jam is flavoured with cardamom, rose and sometimes saffron. In this Persian inspired easy carrot jam recipe, I’ve used all three. It’s wonderful eaten just as it is on toast, but it also makes a delicious accompaniment to salty cheese.

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Upside-Down Apple Cake – Easy to Make, Easy to Eat

Upside-Down Apple Cake

Large Cakes | 24th October 2018 | By

This wholemeal upside-down apple cake is super easy to make and and the results are better than satisfactory – a lot better. It’s quick to prepare and tastes delicious. The slightly caramelised apple pairs well with the subtle tones of cardamom and cider.

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Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cardamom & a Pacari Chocolate Giveaway

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate has been an abiding passion ever since I can remember. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to try bars produced by some truly excellent brands. Pacari premium organic chocolate is one such. To celebrate World Chocolate Day on 9 July, I’m delighted to offer my readers the chance to try this excellent chocolate too. Read on for details of the giveaway. The chocolate is so good, it’s really best enjoyed on its own, but I have to say it also works wonderfully well in these chewy  and delicious coffee chocolate chip cookies with cardamom – I just couldn’t help myself. 

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Poached Peaches and Apricots in a Spiced Lemon & Thyme Syrup

Poached Peaches & Apricots

Summer is here at last and not only does it bring light and warmth, it also brings us a wealth of juicy fruit. When you’ve had your fill of fresh berries and stone fruit, you’ll probably be looking for other ways to eat them. This recipe for poached peaches and apricots in a spiced lemon & thyme syrup is simple to make and utterly delectable.

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Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Fluffy wholemeal spelt pancakes made with kefir and served with a sophisticated coffee, cardamom chocolate sauce. Serve as a dessert or a decadent brunch. Perfect for Pancake Day too.

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Banana Spelt Cardamom Buns – A Special Breakfast Treat

Banana Spelt Cardamom Buns

Bread & Buns | 30th December 2016 | By

Christmas may be over but we are still in the festive season. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, quickly followed by New Year’s Day and then a bank holiday to top it off. Why not make the most of it and try these banana spelt cardamom buns for a special breakfast treat?

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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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Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf – Spicy, Twisty & Delicious

Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf

Bread & Buns | 10th September 2016 | By

An enriched bread dough flavoured with three different chocolates and three spices. The triple chocolate bread loaf is then plaited and shaped to form a twisty round loaf.

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Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake – Irresistible!

Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake

Our local cafe, Olive & Co, does a mean coffee cardamom chocolate cake. It’s more of a torte really as it contains no flour. I’ve been wanting to try making something similar for ages and with the arrival of the new Divine chocolate baking bars, the time seemed right to give it a go. I give you my coffee cardamom chocolate mousse cake.

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