Carrot Cookies

Still on a low sugar diet for the kiddies. The date cakes were such a success yesterday (all gone in 24 hours), I thought I might do a twist on the carrot cake. So here we go – carrot cookies, or “Carrotees” as they are called now. Ingredients: 1/2 cup gluten free flour 1/2 cup…

Duval-Leroy Brut NV

This Champagne is far too cheap. It’s only 2/3 the price of Moet and yet its better – well, it is for those who like a richer style of fizz anyway. It’s a very complex champagne, and delivers all round. Nose is almonds, apples and honey. Front palate bursts with red delicious and burnt sugar,…

Real Chocolate, Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake without melted chocolate? That’s criminal. Here’s my simple recipe for real chocolate chocolate cake. Tried and true and featured in Gourmet Magazine, Middle East. Ingredients: 200g dark chocolate, chopped 200g butter, softened 1 cup castor sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup cream For the fudge frosting:…

Shakshouka

Shakshouka (or shakshuka) is a dish I first tried at Baker and Spice, Dubai. It hails from Northern Africa, but other areas over the middle east, and the Ottoman empire also lay a claim to it’s invention. Simply, it is baked eggs in a rich sauce. This is fairly close to the version found in…