Category: Xmas

Chocolate Dukkah

My new favourite thing has to be Chocolate Dukkah. Made with cacao nibs, this is a sweet, chocolate version of the aromatic savoury spice mix, dukkah that is one of my favourite accompaniments to jazz up salads, roast veggies and makes a fab dipping sauce with some olive oil. Chocolate dukkah is a sublime mix of slightly bitter cacao nibs, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamias and cinnamon, and it makes a delicious dessert topping. I wish it was my idea but originally saw the…

Pistachio Lemon Cake

This utterly delicious Pistachio Lemon Cake is an updated lemon variation of the Orange Pistachio Cake I posted back in 2014. The reason for the update is twofold. The images for the 2014 recipe are a bit embarrassing and I was given some beautiful pistachios by a friend who imports them to South Africa from Iran. I loved hearing a bit more about pistachios, the king of nuts. The English name pistachio is derived from “Pisteh”, which is a Persian name…

Vegan Coconut Caramel Sauce

I have not posted a dessert since December so it has to be rectified immediately. I came across the recipe for this Coconut Caramel Sauce recently on Viktoria’s Table and was immediately tempted to try it. In Viktoria’s recipe the sauce forms part of a pumpkin ice cream with praline pecans. How good does that sound (and look!)? Viktoria grew up in Bulgaria and lives in San Francisco. I love Viktoria’s blog so browse through it regularly. I love her…

Sgroppino

If I can’t get to Venice for New Year then Venice will just have to come to me. And I think Sgroppino is one of the most delicious ways to make that happen.  I came across the drink in Diana Henry’s new book titled Simple – effortless food, big flavours. I love Diana’s recipes and have made a few for the blog, namely Sumac Roast Tomatoes, Lentils and Dukkah Eggs and the delicious Whole Roast Masala Chicken that also appears…

Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a rich and luxurious cake as a christmas cake but not the traditional fruit cake this Hazelnut Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Plums could be a delicious option for something different and summery. The recipe is from Milk and Honey, one of my favourite blogs. I made Jennifer’s recipe a while back and it is absolutely delicious. She made it with a divine coffee cream filling and decadent ganache topping and I urge you to…

Butterkuchen, Grilled Nectarine, Labneh and Dukkah

This is hardly a recipe but more of a quick summery dessert suggestion of Butterkuchen, Grilled Nectarine, Labneh and Dukkah. The dessert shines in its simplicity and use of summer’s bounty of stone fruit. I just love how it is a delicious combination of textures and flavours with no effort at all. The soft buttery cake, topped with tart grilled nectarines, sprinkled with a spicy dukkah, served with a dollop of salty labneh. It is not a very sweet dessert and…

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