Appetizers | Fish | Holiday Food

Dried apricot-cured salmon

This recipe comes from “The Girl and the Fig” cookbook and it really stood out as something worth doing. Apricot-Cured Salmon Yield depends on usage  ½ cup dried apricots ½ cup Pernod ¼ cup kosher salt ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 2 fennel fronds 1 pound wild salmon, skin on Place the […]

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Baking | Holiday Food

Hot Cross Scones

I adore hot cross buns but can’t seem to find them in Los Angeles. These hot cross “scones” have the flavor of hot cross buns but are much easier to make and they’re moist and moreish! 8oz self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting 3oz butter, softened 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar (or dark brown sugar) […]

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Nuts | Pasta

Pasta with cauliflower, raisins, saffron and pine nuts

I realize I have many cauliflower recipes and am happy to add yet another. Such a humble, unpretentious vegetable, the cauliflower, where the repertoire of flavor combinations is endless. Yet again, this Sicilian-style recipe is a must. Serves 4 12 oz bucatini pasta or a one of your choice 1 small cauliflower,cut into florets 1/4 […]

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Baking | Fruit | Holiday Food

Kiwi apricot slice with brown sugar icing

Here’s another great slice or tray-bake recipe from New Zealand which is really delicious! The flavor of apricots is fabulous in this no-bake winner For the base 4 oz butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk (7 fl oz) 1 cup dried apricots, chopped 9 oz graham crackers or another plain sweet […]

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Baking | Holiday Food | Nuts

Italian Panforte for Christmas

This is so Christmassy, stuffed full of fruits, nuts, chocolate and spices.  Again, so easy to make, and will transport you straight to Italy.   1 1/2 cups whole blanched almonds (unblanched is also fine) 3/4 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted 3/4 cup whole walnuts, lightly toasted 1/2 cup dried figs coarsely chopped 1 1/2 cups […]

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Baking | Holiday Food | Nuts

Delia Smith's famous Christmas cake

I realize my fellow Americans are not going to take much notice of this recipe, but in England and New Zealand, (my other two homes) one cannot have Christmas without this cake. My husband, (LA born too) adores this and requests it every year and I have been making this recipe since the mid 1980’s. […]

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Baking | Nuts

One-bowl easy banana cake

  This is the easiest one-bowl banana cake recipe. Use a flat rectangular baking tin for this, as it will cook  more evenly. 4 bananas 11 oz superfine sugar (caster sugar) 4 large eggs 8 fl oz sunflower oil 15 oz plain flour 2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2  tsp […]

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