Festive chocolate (Christmas) trees – easy homemade gifts!

Easy festive chocolate Christmas trees

Kipper has four teachers at pre-school. It occurred to me that we probably ought to give each of them a Christmas gift at the end of term. And for whatever insane reason (because really, I have LOADS of time on my hands) I decided the gifts should be homemade.  There …

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‘Tarted up’ mince pies – extra-fruity mincemeat hand pies

Extra fruity mincemeat hand pies

It can’t be ignored that Jews like their food. It’s an old joke that the archetypal Jewish festival can be summarised by the phrase, “they tried to kill us, we survived, now let’s eat!” but there really does seem to be a traditional dish for even the most minor of …

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Vegan apple & pomegranate jelly

Vegan apple & pomegranate jelly

We have vegan friends joining us for dinner on Rosh Hashanah, so I was trying to come up with something vaguely interesting for dessert instead of the inevitable fruit salad and “sorry this has got eggs/cream in it.”  I was musing on the possibilities afforded by pomegranates and apples, both …

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Strawberry mascarpone tarts

Strawberry mascarpone tarts

Kipper and I are both very fond of strawberry tarts – crisp, buttery pastry topped with lashings of cream and juicy, ripe strawberries. Mmmm. Unfortunately, they often fall short of perfection. Usually, the ratio of cream to strawberry is too much in favour of cream, and there are not enough strawberries. …

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Four fruity frozen treats – no added sugar!

Four fruity frozen treats

As usual, the British weather can’t make its mind up. One day glorious, hot, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. We rush out and buy sun cream, garden toys and ice-lolly moulds. Next day overcast, cold, rainy and windy. Gah.  (Note for Americans – ice-lollies are what you call “popsicles” …

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