My first taste of argan oil was at school; my food tech teacher gave me some to try and I fell in love with it. A few years later, I bumped into (well in the twittersphere) Dana, founder of Arganic, a company which sells organic argan oil in the UK. I was reunited with the golden oil and made these crackers to parade the unique and beautiful flavour of argan oil. I like to think of argan oil as a spicy version olive oil, just as versatile and incredibly good for you! Click here for the recipe
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These unsuspecting biscuits are based on the Austrian Linzertorte, made with almond pastry and filled with raspberry compote. The surprise is that despite the sprinkling of icing sugar they look like plain old biscuits but the crumbly pastry, spiced with cinnamon, hides a sweet raspberry filling! Click here for the recipe
These muffins are paying homage to some lovely baked goods I had in Portugal. Simple bakes such as bolo de arroz and pastel de nata are not only cheap but incredibly tasty. Muffins de canela also fit into that category, and I hope my version brings you even half the satisfaction the original ones I had brought me.
Crumble is one of my favourite desserts, so simple, so warm, so homely and so yummy. Here I’ve coupled seasonal pear and floral lavender for a dessert with undeniable winter cosiness balanced with a beautifully delicate perfume. Because the pears are cooked and sweetened they don’t have to be perfectly ripe, in fact a little firmness will ensure they keep their shape. Click here for the recipe
So this is a recipe I came up with a while ago, that I’m proud to finally publish on my blog (sorry for the absence). It marries the beautiful flavours of figs, mascarpone and honey into one of my favourite desserts – cheesecake! The mascarpone adds a really rich creaminess to the filling, while the sweetness of the figs is with the reinforced with the honey and spiced with a bit of cinnamon. Dried figs work well here if you are unable to get hold of fresh figs. Click here for the recipe
Anybody like figs? Well if you like figs and you like fig rolls then you’ll like these! The same components are there – biscuit and a figgy filling – just in a different way. What I love about this recipe is that all the ingredients could already be sitting in your cupboard and it doesn’t take very long to whip up a batch! I’ve spiced up the filling with some ground cinnamon and stem ginger, and I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute the dried figs for dried apricots or any other favourites! Click here for the recipe
Following on from my first demo at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College I was invited back for another. This time demonstrating a seasonal recipe using the quintessential winter combination: apples and blackberries. I love the structure of this tart; crisp pastry base, spread with sweet fruit jam, topped with moist frangipane and decorated with caramelised apple slices. You don’t have to make the jam, especially if you’re strapped for time, but it does add a really nice touch! The students and teachers enjoyed it alike, now what to make for next time? Click here for the recipe