Category Archives: Christmas

SPICE COOKIES
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Spice Cookies

It’s always a pleasure to discover a new favourite. I have a repertoire of bakes I make every year around this time – Sticky Gingerbread, Gingerbread Biscuits, Gingerbread Men, Date & Ginger Cake, Christmas Cake and Peanut Butter Cups. This year

SPICE COOKIES
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Spice Cookies

It’s always a pleasure to discover a new favourite. I have a repertoire of bakes I make every year around this time – Sticky Gingerbread, Gingerbread Biscuits, Gingerbread Men, Date & Ginger Cake, Christmas Cake and Peanut Butter Cups. This year

PEAR, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT STRUDEL
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Pear, Chocolate & Hazelnut Strudel

My mum is a sucker for apple strudel. Just mention those hallowed words and watch the mist come over her. She’s no fool with them either, dismissing several local offerings with authority. Having never put a toe anywhere in Germany

PEAR, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT STRUDEL
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Pear, Chocolate & Hazelnut Strudel

My mum is a sucker for apple strudel. Just mention those hallowed words and watch the mist come over her. She’s no fool with them either, dismissing several local offerings with authority. Having never put a toe anywhere in Germany

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And it began with a cake…

The festive season begins and ends with my children, literally. Lil Loon celebrates his arrival into the world on the 5th of December and Lil Lassie kicks off the closing ceremony on the 8th of January. The present hunting, wrapping,

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And it began with a cake…

The festive season begins and ends with my children, literally. Lil Loon celebrates his arrival into the world on the 5th of December and Lil Lassie kicks off the closing ceremony on the 8th of January. The present hunting, wrapping,

FINNISH GINGERBREAD
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Deck the town with….

Gingerbread is like the perfect red lipstick. I am always, always on the hunt for the one. Christmas for me means gingerbread biscuits and here is one that definitely delivers. These townhouse beauties come from the book Brilliant Biscuits, written by

FINNISH GINGERBREAD
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Deck the town with….

Gingerbread is like the perfect red lipstick. I am always, always on the hunt for the one. Christmas for me means gingerbread biscuits and here is one that definitely delivers. These townhouse beauties come from the book Brilliant Biscuits, written by

DATE & GINGER FRUIT CAKE
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Been a while crocodile…

November moved slowly in some ways and heedlessly fast in others. My guest room was busy for weeks on end, housing people that are closest to me; family and a cherished friend. When my mother and brother were here, we

DATE & GINGER FRUIT CAKE
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Been a while crocodile…

November moved slowly in some ways and heedlessly fast in others. My guest room was busy for weeks on end, housing people that are closest to me; family and a cherished friend. When my mother and brother were here, we

CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO POUND CAKE
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Chocolate Pound Cake with Pistachio Buttercream

We agreed, ‘No Gifts’ this year. I still traipsed through the shops looking for something small to commemorate the occasion. Nine years, is nine years I thought, it has weight and merit. Could I find something that wouldn’t bust the

CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO POUND CAKE
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Chocolate Pound Cake with Pistachio Buttercream

We agreed, ‘No Gifts’ this year. I still traipsed through the shops looking for something small to commemorate the occasion. Nine years, is nine years I thought, it has weight and merit. Could I find something that wouldn’t bust the

Chocolate PnB Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Tradition and I have had an off and on relationship. There were grudging compromises, but more often I parted victoriously from its company. Going against the grain meant that I got to do things my way for a bit. I

Chocolate PnB Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Tradition and I have had an off and on relationship. There were grudging compromises, but more often I parted victoriously from its company. Going against the grain meant that I got to do things my way for a bit. I

Turkey

And……….it’s done!

It is slightly obsessive to be writing a blog post about Christmas dinner, barely two hours after it’s been eaten. However I am here, more on the impetus of my mother, a proud mother, rather than my own steam. In

Turkey

And……….it’s done!

It is slightly obsessive to be writing a blog post about Christmas dinner, barely two hours after it’s been eaten. However I am here, more on the impetus of my mother, a proud mother, rather than my own steam. In

Nigella Chocolate Christmas Cake

It’s the eleventh hour but…Happy Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve and I am tuckered out! I have, due to severe procrastination, left everything to be done today. I have seen nothing but the four walls of my kitchen and that of the oven for the last 12

Nigella Chocolate Christmas Cake

It’s the eleventh hour but…Happy Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve and I am tuckered out! I have, due to severe procrastination, left everything to be done today. I have seen nothing but the four walls of my kitchen and that of the oven for the last 12

GINGERBREAD BISCUITS
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Gingerbread Madness

This is going to be a quick and short post…simply because I have wasted so many days, trying out gingerbread recipes, just to confirm that the one I love is still the best. Life’s lesson to be learnt there. And

GINGERBREAD BISCUITS
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Gingerbread Madness

This is going to be a quick and short post…simply because I have wasted so many days, trying out gingerbread recipes, just to confirm that the one I love is still the best. Life’s lesson to be learnt there. And

BRUSSEL SPROUT PAKORAS & CORIANDER RAITA
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Brussel Sprout Pakora/Bhaji with Coriander Raita

I, at sixteen, ate my first pakora at a friend’s house during Ramadan in Kerala. Growing up in Abu Dhabi meant living in an odd sort of setup. For all that it was a cosmopolitan city, cultures never really mingled.

BRUSSEL SPROUT PAKORAS & CORIANDER RAITA
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Brussel Sprout Pakora/Bhaji with Coriander Raita

I, at sixteen, ate my first pakora at a friend’s house during Ramadan in Kerala. Growing up in Abu Dhabi meant living in an odd sort of setup. For all that it was a cosmopolitan city, cultures never really mingled.

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Magic in the Middle Cookies

I think I am in love. It’s cold outside (ok 15 degrees, but that’s freezing for here!), rain is lashing at my windows, I am burrowed in fleece and have put socks on. And yet, I am happy and blissfully

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Magic in the Middle Cookies

I think I am in love. It’s cold outside (ok 15 degrees, but that’s freezing for here!), rain is lashing at my windows, I am burrowed in fleece and have put socks on. And yet, I am happy and blissfully

STICKY GINGERBREAD (CAKE)
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STICKY GINGERBREAD…bring on The Season!

Moving to Doha automatically means that December comes with a rather staid, its-another-ordinary-month sort of feeling. True, I escape the ‘seasonal’ songs that radio stations and shops in the U.K are compelled to torment us with year upon year. However,

STICKY GINGERBREAD (CAKE)
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STICKY GINGERBREAD…bring on The Season!

Moving to Doha automatically means that December comes with a rather staid, its-another-ordinary-month sort of feeling. True, I escape the ‘seasonal’ songs that radio stations and shops in the U.K are compelled to torment us with year upon year. However,