Recipe – Persian Halva

Persian Halva Halva, meaning ‘sweet’ in Arabic, is popular throughout the Middle East and Indian subcontinent. Unlike the tahini version often seen, Persian halva is made from a flour and butter dough, flavoured with two of Persia’s most popular ingredients: saffron and rose water. It’s always made for special occasions including weddings and funerals and […]

Recipe – Orange, Almond & Date Salad

Orange, Almond & Date Salad Once you discover how easy it is to segment an orange (see video below), you’ll be making this simple dessert regularly. Use vivid Persian pistachio slivers instead of almonds if you like (no need to toast them) or add some pitted olives, chopped parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper for […]

Recipe – Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer) Called payasam or kheer, this rice pudding is one of the most typical southern Indian desserts and has as many variations as there are cooks. At its simplest, it’s rice simmered in milk with a pinch of sugar and spice, though it’s often flavoured with fruits, like mango or jackfruit, or […]

Recipe – Frozen Christmas Pudding

Ice Cream Christmas Pudding We all love a bit of tradition at Christmas time, but reinterpreting recipes created for a snowy winter wonderland to suit a sunny Aussie Christmas Day is the challenge. Frozen Christmas pudding is my easy solution, for the dessert course at least. Buy the best quality ice cream you can – […]

Recipe – Spiced Orange Ice Cream Sandwich

Spiced Orange Ice Cream Sandwich I created these spiced orange ice cream sandwiches as ‘hot & cold cross buns’ for Good Friday, using a cross template cut from cardboard to decorate the top. They’re great anytime though decorated with other shapes, such as a heart for Valentine’s Day, or left plain. The flavouring for the […]

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