Merry Christmas!

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Mandarine & Passion Fruit with Mascarpone Sponge Cake

Ingredients: Cake 300g unsalted butter 300g caster sugar 6 eggs dash of vanilla extract 300g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Mandarine Curd 275g caster sugar  2 teaspoons Cornstarch 2 large Eggs 2 large Egg Yolks 120ml fresh mandarine juice 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 85g unsalted butter, cut into cubes Mascarpone Filling 250g…


Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served at midnight on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to celebrate the life of Saint Basil. A coin is added to the cake before baking and when cut the person who finds the coin is said to be granted good luck for the year ahead!

Pumpkin Risotto

A delicious autumnal pumpkin risotto to enjoy with a glass of crisp dry white wine…

Prosperity Toss 魚生

A Prosperity Toss on the 7th Day of the Lunar New Year to symbolise abundance, prosperity and good health.

Chinese New Year Cake ~ Nian Gao

Nian Gao is a popular sweet, gooey rice cake eaten during Chinese New Year. It is considered lucky as the pronunciation of Nian Gao sounds like “year high” which symbolises a better year ahead, advancement, promotion and the promise of a better year ahead.

Chinese New Year & Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow 柳絮The pussy willow plant, also known as Catkins bear their furry buds from late winter onwards and this signifies the beginning of Spring.  The many buds of the pussy willow make it a favourite flower for Chinese New Year. The fluffy white blossoms resemble silk, and they soon give forth young shoots the colour…

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A delicious homemade cranberry sauce which is easy to make, a delicious accompaniment to roast meats and the perfect homemade gift at Christmas time.

Chinese New Year Almond Cookies — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 180g plain flour 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 100g icing sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 120g ground almond 130ml groundnut oil/corn oil or vegetable oil (use oil that is neutral) 1 egg yolk + 1 teaspoon water (beat together to make egg wash) Almonds to decorate (optional) Method: Pre-heat oven to […]…