Holiday Specials

CRUNCHY YET CHEWY ANZAC COOKIES

Date: 25 Apr 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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Today, 25th April, marks Anzac Day, which is a national holiday in Australia and New Zealand.  Just like the Pavlova, both countries claim to have invented this Anzac cookie which I find it quite amusing.  Again like the Pavlova, the origin is not so clear.  Wives of solders used to make these biscuits and send…

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EDIBLE EASTER TOPIARY TREE

Date: 03 Apr 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Easter, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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This is really simple to make! You just need lots and I mean lots of miniature mini eggs, a polystyrene topiary ball, toothpicks, a branch, any pot you like and dry oasis.  To decorate, ribbons and shredded bark. Prepare the pot with the dry oasis and put aside.  Put the branch into the topiary polystyrene…

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CARNIVAL CHIACCHIERE

Date: 14 Feb 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats 0

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These yummy Carnival sweets are also known as Frappe, Bugie, Cenci, Strufoli amongst many other names, depending on the region.  In Malta we make them as well and are called Xkumvat.  They are basically deep fried strips of sweetened pasty, dusted with icing sugar. I made this with a mix of gluten free all purpose…

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VALENTINE’S ICE-CREAM SANDWICH

Date: 12 Feb 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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A must for someone who loves cookies and ice-cream! This is not really a recipe with exact weights but more instructions on how to make it.  I have used the same recipe for the chocolate rice flour and almond flour Carnival Mask cookies, http://www.senza-g.com/carnival-mask-cookies/ this time cutting the dough into heart shapes. When the biscuits cool,…

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HERSHEY KISS COOKIES

Date: 08 Feb 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 1

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Why not make some simple Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss cookies for your loved one?  I have followed the recipe (halved) from the Hershey site itself which includes the gluten free version too!  I did try to tint them too, hence the pinkish hue.  Instead of rolling in granulated sugar, I rolled them in Heart Sprinkles,…

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CARNIVAL MASK COOKIES

Date: 08 Feb 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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Every country has its traditional carnival sweets.  In Malta we make Prinjolata, a sweet which is shaped like a dome, made with pine nuts, sponge and Italian Meringue.  A sweet I love, but have not yet attempted to try in a Gluten Free version.  We also make Xkumvat, deep fried strips of sweet dough which…

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BEGGAR’S PURSE – CRAB & PROSCIUTTO

Date: 13 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Starters & Soups 0

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This is quite an old recipe, or maybe I should call it a Retro Recipe?  Sounds more trendy! I had first made this in 1990, (just yesterday! Lol) and my guests had loved it. I had used bacon, a much lesser amount so it would not be overpowering, chopped very finely, since you would not…

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GINGERBREAD SNOW GLOBES

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 1

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I had come across these snow globes a year ago.  They stuck in mind they were so pretty.  It probably was not even gluten free and I have no idea what the base was made of as it was in some foreign language.   I still made it, using a delicious flourless moist chocolate cake…

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EDIBLE CHRISTMAS PLACE NAMES

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 1

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A cute little idea for your Christmas Place Names, perfect with after dinner coffee, once it serves its purpose! Kids would feel involved and would also love to help make them! 6 cups gluten free Puffed Rice (Similar to Rice Krispees) 1 (283g) packet white marshmellows 3 tbsp butter Green Food Colouring Little Chocolates to use as…

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CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS TREE

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 4

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I have been making this Chocolate Christmas Tree since early 90’s, without fail, ever year. Apart from being delicious, it makes a lovely festive centerpiece! Great as a homemade gift too! 550g dark chocolate plus extra for assembling 200g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped 150g raisins 1 brazil nut, cut in half Icing sugar for dusting…

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NO-COOK CHRISTMAS TRUFFLES

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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These are healthy, quick, easy and delicious! And No-Cook!  Adorable tasty morsels for after dinner with coffee!  You can leave them plain or decorate them with fondant leaves and berries.  They are also good without the chocolate coating! 100g dark cooking Chocolate, roughly chopped 2 cups dried fruit, chopped (I used a mix of cranberries, raisins, sultanas, apricots,…

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GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 1

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Festive Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, decorated with simple white icing, silver balls and with red and green ribbons.  They can look so cute hanging on your Christmas Tree!  They would also make lovely home made presents! I have revised last year’s recipe into a healthier version of Gingerbread cookie dough, made with almond flour and coconut flour.  Everyone will…

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