Mediterranean pull-apart bread

The secret to the perfect Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a good bread, and there’s something so satisfying about pulling apart bread. No bread maker, no fuss. This pull-apart bread can easily be made from scratch! A good pull-apart bread doesn’t have to be just for a special day, serve this bread as a savoury side to accompany a weekend brunch with friends.

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Tomato mini pies, perfect for Halloween (vegan & gluten-free)

We get the creepy crawlies just looking at these mini pies! Give your kids a fun and healthy treat this Halloween with these tomato mini pies. Their decoration is good enough to eat and so easy to make, it’s frightening! The only trick to these vegan and gluten-free mini pies is how easy they are to make; they make use of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, look no further: this spooky appetiser will delight both adults and children, and it will make them think you put in a lot of effort.

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Pontian Peinirli

Peinirli is always a winning meal choice for kids, but this recipe puts a vegan twist on the classic. Not only does it add some much-needed veggies, but your children won’t even taste the difference. The combination of sweet Santorini aubergine, homemade marinara, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, almond cheese, plus the fluffy boat-shaped bread is sure to be an instant childhood favourite. Experiment with different fillings; the whole family can be involved in preparing their own fillings for this savoury pizza-boat. Serve with horta salad and elevate Sunday dinnertime to a Pontian gastronomic experience.

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Praline Carob Spread

This praline carob spread couldn’t be easier to make and will elevate your kids’ breakfast! This is a very healthy and nutritious praline spread — you can indulge yourself for a chocolatey craving without feeling guilty. Decidedly mature flavours — winey, honey, caramelly — make for a delightful nutty spread that is nutritious, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Praline carob spread served up in a cute jar steals the show at every gifting exchange; prepare to completely wow the recipient! And it tastes as good as it looks.

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Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup

Making soup from scratch is a remarkable feat of alchemy. The pumpkin-chestnut soup is not only nutritious and nourishing; it provides a brothy goodness, along with a dense texture of fresh winter vegetables. My soup is a rich orange colour and has a full-bodied pumpkin and chestnut flavour; it can be served as the first or the main course. Make this soup for a wonderfully gastronomic experience! Pumpkin-chestnut soup is the perfect dish for your Christmas table.

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Dundee Cake

Dundee cake is a traditional Scottish fruitcake, a classic treat for all, which derives its name from the city of Dundee. Dundee cake is considered one of the best desserts in the world. My Dundee cake is vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and butter-free; my vintage-inspired Dundee cake not only has the same texture and flavour as the traditional fruitcake, but reaches all parts of your palate with its floral aroma of a citrus orchard in bloom and its lush richness of fruits and finishes leaving a mellow rum aftertaste.

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Gluten-free Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

On a chilly day this thick and delicious soup made with fresh winter vegetables will warm you up. This is a gut-healing and decadent creamy soup that the whole family will enjoy. It is so easy to make this quick sweet potato and carrot soup, and yet this soup is hearty enough to make a full dinner. Sweet potato and carrot soup can be served warm or at room temperature. This bright-coloured soup makes for a great appetizer. Sweet potato and carrot soup is gut-friendly and gluten-free.

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Vasilopita

The Greek New Year’s Eve lucky cake is called Vasilopita. The cake contains a hidden gold or silver coin which is slipped into the dough before baking. The person who is fortunate enough to receive the slice containing the coin is believed to attract good luck throughout the year. The most enthralling element of the Greek custom of Vasilopita for the New Year is that this amaranthine recipe has endured for centuries in Greece. Family and friends join in the cutting of the Vasilopita in early January every year.

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Digestive biscuits with cranberries

These lovely digestives with cranberries take biscuits to the next level: crunchy and semi-sweet bursting with tart cranberries. This is not only a simple and elegant recipe but also a tried and tested one. Digestive biscuits with cranberries make for the perfect dunking material. These beloved biscuits are an indulgent holiday treat. Indeed, homemade digestives with cranberries are a treat all on their own, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make them feel more festive with a Christmas biscuit tin. Here’s a cute Christmas food gift to surprise all your friends and family with this season!

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Kinteata nettle soup

Kinteata nettle soup is a dense and delicious broth of nettles and spearmint, spiced with red chili flakes called bukovo or ground black pepper and thickened with cornflour. Pontic Greeks love the retro dark green nettle soup and enjoy it as a starter/appetizer especially during the winter season. This historic recipe from the Kingdom of Pontus or Pontic Empire (later called ‘Greek region of Pontus’) is part history and part gastronomic experience.

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