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“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
Albert Einstein

Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream … such a delicious way to end 2016, and ring in the new year! Have a great new year. HNY 2017.

Catch you on the other side. This one’s short & sweet!

Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream
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Light, fun, easy to make, and a visual delight, the Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream is a great make ahead dessert. Visually exciting and flavours that pop, berries work really well in this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream
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Light, fun, easy to make, and a visual delight, the Red Wine Strawberry Jelly with orange whipped cream is a great make ahead dessert. Visually exciting and flavours that pop, berries work really well in this recipe!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 4-5 hours
Ingredients
Jelly
Cream topping
Servings: people
Instructions
Jelly
  1. Warm 100ml juice and pour over the gelatin in a small bowl. Stand for 5 minutes for gelatin to soften.
  2. Put the remaining juice and star anise in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Take off heat, and stir in the wine, followed by the softened gelatin.
  3. Divide the strawberries between the serving glasses/bowls. Strain the jelly mixture and pour into the glasses over the strawberries. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours until set and chilled.
Cream topping
  1. Whip the cream, sugar and orange zest at high speed {with sugar if desired} until medium peaks form.
  2. Top the set jelly with piped whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with sliced strawberries and chill until ready to serve.
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“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

These Lamb Chops with Red Wine turned out to be the best I’ve ever made. And I thought lamb chops were difficult to make. The simplest of ingredients – rosemary, garlic, and a limited edition Shiraz from Big Banyan Wines came together ever so beautifully to create this dish with so much character & loads of depth. Minimal fuss … & it was love at first bite!

As I have always say, it’s simple, good quality ingredients that make any dish shine, and this was no different. The wine really sang out loud! Then again, garlic & rosemary are one of my favourite savoury pairings, in fact most of my breads have the two. I use copious amounts of garlic in my food, and I think it’s the best ingredient ever! And then there’s wine…

If I talk about wine, I am far from a wine connoisseur, yet I do enjoy a good wine. In addition, I find the very idea of cooking with wine very therapeutic; very engaging actually because it always surprises. I love cooking and baking with red wine because it feels like a celebration, romanticizing the very idea of serving food. The red has a character that I like!

The ruby red Shiraz is one of my favourites. As they say at Big Banyan, “Because of its strong character Shiraz is considered the ‘man’ among wines. Its distinct, robust personality is unmistakable, making it a powerful wine among of the ‘big reds’. Its aromas burst alive in warmer temperatures, like Australia and India. So open a bottle and explore the deepest, darkest recesses of our wine’s soul.”

You might remember the Chocolate Berry Wine Fallen Gateau I did last year around the same time. It is one of my favourite holiday desserts, and the spiced jam is an exciting jam! Using the red this time in a savoury way was equally fun! The colours and flavours just popped. Deep, delicious, well balanced flavours in the lamb chops. Above all, so simple to make.

 How do you like to cook with wine? Do you enjoy it too?

Lamb Chops with Red Wine
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These Lamb Chops with Red Wine turned out to be the best I've ever made. Rosemary, garlic, and a limited edition Shiraz from Big Banyan Wines came together ever so beautifully to create this dish with so much character and loads of depth.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Lamb Chops with Red Wine
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These Lamb Chops with Red Wine turned out to be the best I've ever made. Rosemary, garlic, and a limited edition Shiraz from Big Banyan Wines came together ever so beautifully to create this dish with so much character and loads of depth.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Whisk all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl.
  2. Pat dry the lamb chops, rub in the marinade gently. Leave covered in the fridge for 4-6 hours, better still overnight.
To finish
  1. Heat the clarified butter /ghee in a heavy bottom pan.
  2. Over high heat, sear the chops on both sides. Pour over the marinade and drizzle with honey. Let the marinade bubble and reduce a little.
  3. Transfer to a heat proof casserole. Cook in microwave covered on high power for 5 minutes / or until done.
  4. Return to the pan, throw in fresh rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves. Cook until the wine reduces to a nice thick sauce and coats the chops. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.
  5. Serve with a sautéed broccoli salad, grilled onion rings and fresh rocket greens. Of course a glass of Shiraz on the side!
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“If chocolate is the answer, the question is irrelevant.”
Unknown

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés … dark chocolate, a mix of wholegrain flours, a little all purpose too, brown sugar, sea salt, of course butter. All these come together to make an eggless cookie, the indulgent sablé,  a quintessential round French shortbread cookie. Crisp, deeply chocolate, buttery, wholegrain, eggless, Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés are the yummiest cookies ever! Even better since the recipe is eggless. The only sablés I’ve tried before were Dorie Greenspans famous World Peace Cookies, ones that I loved. She’s since reinvented them into an even more delicious version that I just discovered.

With wholewheat and buckwheat in this buttery chocolaty shortbread, I didn’t expect things to go so well. Can safely say these are my best chocolate shortbread cookies to date, best eggless cookies too! They’re inspired and adapted from Chocolate Sables @ The Boy Who Bakes, and HE is so good in everything he bakes! These are great for the festive cookie platter, fab for hanging off the tree and make a great gift too.I did a batch for Diwali earlier, and now a cookie cutout one for Christmas. With hand made wreaths using the perennial local ‘Mor Pankhi’, a genus of coniferous trees, it was a lot of fun. Made the wreaths for the Teabox Christmas shoot earlier in November, which was a fun & creative shoot. Here’s a peak of a couple I shot on the side, and you can see more on their website.You could always add some tea leaves into the cookies to make this a chocolate tea shortbread. Now that’s an idea I might work on. Until then, here are Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés, eggless cookies loaded with chocolate, and almost wholegrain, with the goodness of buckwheat {kuttu ka aata}. Great comfort food, great for the holidays.

What is your favourite Christmas cookie to bake?

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés
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Crisp, deeply chocolate, buttery, wholegrain, eggless, Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés are the yummiest cookies ever! Adapted from The Boy Who Bakes.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés
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Crisp, deeply chocolate, buttery, wholegrain, eggless, Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés are the yummiest cookies ever! Adapted from The Boy Who Bakes.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
Dry Mix
  1. Stir dry ingredients in a bowl to mix. Reserve.
Wet Mix
  1. Place butter, brown sugar and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until smooth.
  2. Add the dry mix and ground chocolate, and mix on the lowest speed just enough for the dough to come together.{You can do this by hand to play safe}. Don’t over-mix else the cookies will become hard.
  3. Bring the dough together, either make a cylinder like roll, cling-wrap and chill for a couple of hours.
  4. Alternatively, you could always use the dough for cut out cookies.
  5. Preheat oven to 170C
  6. Place on parchment lined cookie trays
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just firm to touch.
  8. Cool completely on cookie racks
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