Dessert| Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna Cotta …

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna CottaNever. Without. Chocolate. There’s something about chocolate … deep, sensuous, satisfying, comforting, seductive, addictive. I was on twitter after ages yesterday and came across a random tweet with someone despairing the lack of chocolate at home! A rather unsettling tweet that was! Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna CottaI had a bar of absolutely delicious bitter chocolate from Moscow that a friend got for me. Mmmm … more chocolate; life was becoming sweeter by the minute!Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna CottaWhats not to love about this fabulous combination, one that is high on my list of favourites and one that I enjoy playing with in my kitchen in the ‘orange’ months which sadly are restricted to the winter ones here. The conversation reminded me of the Dark Chocolate Mousse & Orange Panna Cotta that I made in December but never got down to posting!Dark Chocolate & Orange Panna CottaCouldn’t be a better time to bring this dessert to see light of day and share this quintessentially beautiful pairing … Chocolate & Orange = YUM!!

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Book Review| The Tulleeho! Book of Cocktails … & an Orange Zinger

“Orange is the happiest color.”
Frank Sinatra

Orange Zinger A name like Orange Zinger seems so right for this time of the year, warm, spicy and zippy! It’s a cocktail from a newly released ‘cookbook’ {Food, Wines & Beverages category} in India, The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails. An almost unassuming book, yet one overflowing with mouthwatering mixes like Anarkali, Instant Karma … and of course this Orange Zinger! The book is a must have for cocktail lovers.When Blogadda, the largest community of bloggers in India, {who recently interviewed me too}, asked if I’d like to review a new cookbook, it was an instant YES, even though a book on cocktails was slightly out of my comfort zone. The name intrigued me, and the reins were promptly handed over to Mr PAB. An occasional cocktail is wonderful, but for someone who has NO CLUE about how to get one going, this book is the answer.Orange Zinger Turn the pages and feel a happy high … for beginners in the world of cocktails, the pages hold your hand and guide you through gently, telling you that ‘making a cocktail is no rocket science‘!  Bar ware, stocking up, mixology … a book that helps you get the mixes right, helps you talk liquor with the ‘best of them’, and helps you pretend to know all about stuff even if you’ve never touched it.Orange Zinger … and in case you are in the ‘ultra confident, been there, done that‘ category, know it all in the world of tippling, then head straight for either the Tullee Tipple which offers in-house special and contributions from the tullee community, or then to Classics – tipples that have been around for quite a while.Orange Zinger The book offers an eclectic and stylish mix  of cocktails – Desi Dhamaka which uses local Indian ingredients, Market Fresh using at least one fresh ingredient, Old Boys’ Club which is obviously the male bastion, Dessert cocktails, Ladies Specials {hmmm???}, and quite fascinatingly, Herbs and Spices!Orange ZingerMr PAB quite predictably reached for the Old Boys’ Club and spent quite an hour pouring over the pages, recipe by recipe. The foodie in me helped pick out a warming, fall sounding recipe which was spicy and had orange in the listed ingredients {more specifically, bitter orange marmalade}. That made me take notice and painted my thoughts orange! NICE!!Also a good choice because I still have a jar of homemade bitter orange marmalade which I made earlier this year! This is possibly the quickest edible thing Mr PAB has ever made and served…LOL! He enjoyed it, the flavours pairing beautifully … can’t go wrong with orange and ginger.Orange Zinger Warm and spicy undertones of bitter orange marmalade and the slight edge of ginger paired well with the whiskey. Mr PAB gave it high fives, and immediate set off turning pages of the book. If you like cocktails, try this. I like it because it has standard everyday ingredients and is a great fit for the holiday season. The passion of the authors shines through! Tulleeho!!

Tulleeho is also available as a Kindle e-book.

Orange Zinger from the The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 glass


Orange Zinger from the The Tulleho! Book of Cocktails

A whiskey cocktail which is warm and spicy on the nose, and zippy on the palate. Bitter orange marmalade containing pieces of orange peels works best


60ml Indian whiskey

2 tsp orange marmalade

1" piece ginger, finely grated

A splash of soda

Ice to fill shaker and glass

Orange slice to garnish


  1. Add the whiskey, marmalade and grated ginger to a shaker full of ice, shake well and strain into the ice filled glass. Add a splash of soda {do not top up}, garnish with the orange slice and serve.

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Baking| Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake … an Anna Olson adaptation

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeThis is a simple cake and it’s been more than 2 years that I’ve had this recipe bookmarked. Its been on my folder of recipes I HAVE to try forever, yet I missed making it last winter {orange season here}. A few days ago an uncle dropped by to see me, and also dropped by huge bags of apples and oranges. It was time to bake! The apples found their way into these Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies.Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake The oranges were destined for Anna Olsons Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake, a recipe I adapted from Vals post of April 2009. Visiting Vals blog is always nostalgic. More Than Burnt Toast and PAB go back many years. I’ve known Val ever since I began blogging {well almost, because in the first few months of blogging I was petrified of this whole blogging paraphernalia}.Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeShe’s a wonderful Canadian food blogger, supportive, fun and talented. We got to know each other better as time passed, and had a great time with the Blogger Aid Cookbook. I contributed a recipe to it, was part of the editing team, and thought up the idea for the book cover.Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeThe cake baked in the kitchen, filling the house with the most amazing aromas. I hadn’t felt this sweet bakery feeling in months. Summer has been filled with quick light desserts, baked in a hurry, sometimes no bake stuff. With the weather changing, a silent feeling of fall round the corner, this cake smelt so good, warm and comforting! Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake

Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeWhile the cake rose in the oven, I sliced up the oranges. The citrus salad is a refreshing, novel idea; a must make! All of it came together beautifully. My cake didn’t have as light a crumb as Vals because I used almost half almond meal and half all purpose flour. It was denser yet moist and delicious. Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake

Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeThe citrus salad is a beautiful addition to an already delicious cake. I took it a teeny indulgent step further, and served some with a drizzle of low fat cream with the citrus salad topping it. YUM!! The kids enjoyed just plain chilled slices too, and we were sad that it got over too soon! What could be better!!Orange Almond Olive Oil CakeOlive oil in baking is a wonderful idea and you must try and use a good quality brand. I would love to bake extensively with extra virgin olive oil but for its prohibitive cost. That said, this cake recipe will be made often as it was really nice! 

Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 9 inch cake

Serves 8-10

Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake

An Anna Olson recipe; adapted from More Than Burnt Toast, this is a moist and delightfully flavoured cake. Orange and almond are a great pairing, and the citrus salad adds a new dimension.


Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake

2 eggs

1 cup vanilla sugar

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup 2 %milk

Zest of 2 oranges or tangerines

1/2 cup + 2 T all purpose flour

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp orange extract

Pinch of salt

Icing sugar for dusting

Citrus Salad

3-4 navel oranges

2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil

2 T sugar


  1. To prepare Orange Olive Oil Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 180C and butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add olive oil, milk and orange zest and mix well. In a separate bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to olive oil batter and stir just until smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Let cake cool completely, then turn out onto a plate and dust with icing sugar.
  5. To make Citrus Salad
  6. Cut away skin and pith from outside of oranges and cut out sections of orange with a paring knife, pulling the orange segment out of its membrane. Immediately before serving, toss oranges with olive oil and sugar and serve with a slice of cake, and a serving of unsweetened low fat cream if desired.

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