Holiday Specials

MELTING SNOWMEN COOKIES

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

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I have revised last year’s recipe into a healthier version of Gingerbread cookie dough, this time made with almond flour and coconut flour.  Everyone will love this, even non Celiacs! This version includes also chocolate. You can use this recipe to make the Gingerbread House, the Melting Snowman Cookies, Gingerbread Men and Christmas Cookies. 145g almond flour 100g coconut…

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CHEESE CHRISTMAS TREE

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Savory Snacks & Nibbles, Starters & Soups 0

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Definitely for Cheese Lovers! Instead of the usual cheese ball, how about making it look more Christmassy? At first I could not get it stay up like I would have wished it too, then came up with the idea of the cardboard cone.  Instructions below. 3 pkgs of cream cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup…

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CHRISTMAS TREE AUBERGINE STACK

Date: 12 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Starters & Soups 1

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Make this popular aubergine starter for a simple Christmas Entree. You can prepare, slice and season everything and also grill the aubergine slices ahead of time and then just put it together. Best if you put the tomatoes and mozzarella on paper towels so it absorbs any liquid. Aubergines Bufala Mozzarella Tomatoes Pesto Olive Oil…

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SWISS BASLER BRUNSLI

Date: 08 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Cookies, Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats 0

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Thank you Switzerland! These gorgeous cookies happen to be naturally Gluten Free! Basler Brunsli are Swiss Christmas cookies made with ground almonds and chocolate with a hint of spice! Mmmmmm, slight crust and soft and chewy inside! What is there not to love about them? They are very easy to make and there are also…

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COCONUT, LEMON & ALMOND BALLS

Date: 08 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0

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These little tasty morsels are so easy to make and taste so good! Perfect for after dinner with a coffee! 200 g desiccated coconut (plus extra for decorating) 200 g powdered milk 200 g butter 200 g sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla The juice of a small lemon 1-2 tbsp water OR Limoncello Roasted Almonds Over…

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PANFORTE – AN ITALIAN CLASSIC

Date: 08 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats 0

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Panforte is an Italian classic. A rich fruit and nut cake that makes the perfect accompaniment to coffee or served as a decadent dessert.  Panforte is best made the day before as it is easier to cut when it hardens. Store in an airtight container. 270g nuts, a mix of almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts (or…

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POLENTA CHRISTMAS STARS

Date: 08 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Savory Snacks & Nibbles 0

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These make cute Nibbles/Apetitizers for any Christmas Do. They taste divine and will be gone in minutes! 1 cup Instant Polenta 3 cups water 1 tsp GF Vegetable Stock Powder Pinch Nutmeg Salt & Pepper 1/2 tsp garlic pepper 1 tsp finely chopped parsley 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese Knob of Butter Measure the polenta…

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HOME MADE CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT

Date: 08 Dec 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats 1

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What is Christmas without mince-pies? Mince-pies are a British Christmas Favorite. So for all those who maybe have not heard of mincepies … no, they do not contain any meat whatsoever! They are lovely mini sweet pies filled with a mixture of dried fruit, laced with spices, which mixture has been preserved in alcohol.  Mum…

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POACHED PEARS IN RED WINE

Date: 28 Nov 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials 0

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A great make-ahead dessert for all those busy cooks on Christmas Day! You can serve them in tall and elegant cocktail glasses, simple and plain, with just their syrup or else smothered in molten Chocolate and with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream! Both ways are delicious! (Serves 4) 4 medium sized pears 350 ml good…

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PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED RICE RING

Date: 27 Nov 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Christmas, Food, Holiday Specials, Main Dishes, Risottos 0

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This does not really have to be made at Christmas, but it kinda looked pretty and festive like a Christmas wreath with the tomato and parsley leaves. It is a great dish as it can be prepared in advance and then baked before you are ready to serve. 400g Arborio or Carnaroli 1tbsp gluten free…

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GHADAM TAL-MEJTIN – DEAD MEN’S BONES

Date: 23 Oct 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, International Cuisine, Sweets & Treats 0

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In Malta, Halloween is not traditional, although today it has become very popular.  We find any excuse to party ! We celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on the 1st and 2nd of November however, and this sweet was made as a tradition.  It is called Ghadam Tal-Mejtin, literally translated as Dead Men’s…

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A Mother’s Day Special – Torta Tartufata

Date: 07 May 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Desserts, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 1

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Next Sunday, we are celebrating Mother’s Day!  Many of you are really lucky to be able to spend this special day with them.  I miss mine a lot and I still made this cake with her in mind because she used to love chocolate and hazelnuts! So this is for you, Mum! This would make…

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