Artisan fruit and seed crackers

Today’s recipe is a homemade alternative to the fruit and seed crackers that are omnipresent in the supermarkets at the moment.  I was very excited when I found it and even more so when it turned out to be a dead ringer of the commercial version.

You know the crackers I am talking about.  They come in a variety of flavours.  The ones I have had in the house in the last week are:

  • date & apricot;
  • cranberry & pumpkin seeds;
  • fig and sunflower seeds;
  • fig and black olives; and
  • raisin and pumpkin seeds.

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Tahini brownies

OMG, these brownies are rich!!!

You would think that the 500g of chocolate, 500g of butter and 12 eggs would have given me a hint as to the absolute decadence I was about to create.  But I didn’t really turn my mind to the ingredients.  I was attracted to the photo of the gooey chocolate swirled tahini and to the fact that the recipe was called tahini brownies.  “Tahini brownies are something different,” I thought.   I love tahini and was relishing the combo of tahini and chocolate.  As it turns out, there is so much chocolate in these guys, you can barely taste the tahini.  But, jeez, they are good.  Joudie Kalla, the author of Palestine on a Plate, says one piece is enough but, to be honest, a tiny square with coffee may be enough. They are that rich. Continue reading

Déjà vu

It most certainly is déjà vu.

Francesca, from Almost Italian, commented on my previous post by saying that she made a similar chocolate slice but hers included Vita Brits (Weet-Bix).  Francesca’s comment got me thinking.  Was the slice I remembered from my childhood the recipe from my sister, Vickie, or was it the one to which Francesca was referring?  We never ate Vita Brits or Weet-Bix for breakfast in our house but I do remember finding them in the pantry and eating them with butter and jam.  Were they left over after Mum had made this slice?

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Italian orange biscuits

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Firstly, let me apologise for the grainy (appropriate, as it turns out) photos in this post.  All the photos have been taken with my phone.  I left my camera in Perth.  My tripod is here but no bloody camera.  I can’t believe I did it, especially as I planned to do an “In My Kitchen” post.  “Oh well, shit happens,” as they say. Continue reading

Walnut Shortbreads

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I pre-empted this post last week.  These biscuits are the result of a search I did in Eat Your Books.  I restricted my search to baking, then to walnuts and these guys popped up… and I am glad they did.

In my Widow’s Kisses post, I  said they were a jackpot.  There were three reasons for that statement.  Firstly, they taste great.  Secondly, they were made in the food processor, therefore, only took a few minutes to put together.  Thirdly, and most importantly, you pipe them rather than shape them.

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Widow’s kisses or Grown-ups’ meringues

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We needed biscuits and we needed biscuits badly.  I go through stages where I don’t make anything sweet because “I’m too fat” or “They are bad for us” or a similar wimpish  reason.  I don’t know why I refrain.  When there is nothing sweet in the house, we just go on a rampage searching here and there for anything remotely sweet.  We have even been known to eat cooking chocolate when things were desperate. Continue reading