Eggless Christmas Cupcakes
Feb26

Eggless Christmas Cupcakes

Ingredients • Self raising flour – 450g + Plain flour – 50g • Mixed dried fruits (I used a mixture of dates, apricots, prunes, cranberries, raisins, sultanas and cherries) – 350g • Dark brown sugar (such as muscavado) – 320g • Sparkling water – 250ml • Chopped pecans – 80g • Ground almonds – 100g • Baking soda – 1 tsp • Baking powder – 2 tsp • Ground mixed spice (cloves, nutmeg,...

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Fruit and Nut Cookie Bars
Feb26

Fruit and Nut Cookie Bars

Ingredients •1 ½ cup flour (I use 1 cup regular flour and ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour) •½ cup butter, 1 stick •2 cups sugar •1 tsp baking powder •1 tsp vanilla •1 tbsp flaxseed meal, optional •1 ½ tsp egg replacer, mixed with 2 tbsp warm water •½ cup butterscotch pieces •1 cup chopped mixed nuts •½ cup mixed dried fruit bits, coarsely chopped •½ cup coconut Preparation 1.Lightly grease a 8x8x2-inch baking pan. 2.In a medium bowl,...

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Chickpea and Ginger root Salad
Feb25

Chickpea and Ginger root Salad

Whole chickpeas are soaked overnight, sometimes even slightly sprouted, before being used in this salad. Two types of rhizomes are suitable here: young camphor ginger or ginger-like mango ginger (a member of the turmeric family). Their flesh should be virtually fiber-free, with a thin skin. Because they are only found sporadically, look for young or “green” fresh ginger at the corner produce store or supermarket. This salad was a...

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Buttermilk Soda Bread
Feb25

Buttermilk Soda Bread

Ingredients • Unbleached plain flour – 2 cups, about 300g (11 ounces) • Wholemeal (whole wheat) plain flour – 2 cups, about 300g (11 ounces) • Cream of tartar – ½ tsp • Bicarbonate of soda – 1 tsp • Sea salt – 1 tsp • Buttermilk (or some sort of cultured or sour milk) – 2 cups • Sea salt flakes. Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 220° C / 425° F. Lightly flour a baking tray. Sift the flours, cream...

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Cauliflower and potato Surprise

Although this was one of four cauliflower and potato vegetables served at a recipe testing banquet, it was unanimously voted the favorite. It is indeed popular through out much of North India, this version a long-time secret from the Shashi gupta family of Kurukshetra. I noticed that although undeniably rich, it is always one of the first to disappear at holiday dinners. I often use homemade yogurt, or good commercial yogurt like...

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