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Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe

Apple Sauce is an extremely popular condiment, is such an easy recipe to make. Needless to say, homemade is far superior to what one gets out of a jar.

All you do is cook some apple down with added liquid which can be (hard) cider, water or apple juice. Sugar is added and some spice for aroma, done in 15-20 minutes!

Tidbit: Apparently, there are over 7 500 varieties of apples in existence, some are sweet, some are tart, from Braeburn to Golden Delicious to big old Bramley. How many can you name? I don’t think I managed quite a dozen off the top of my head!

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Smoked Fish Solyanka | Russian Smoked Fish Soup

Smoked Fish Solyanka, a much loved Russian Smoked Fish Soup, is a semi hearty soup, with a full on sour, smoky and a touch hot, flavour.

Solyanka or Soljanka refers to soups that are made with salted cucumbers, that, along with the capers, give these soups their characteristic sour flavour. The heat comes from the peppercorns that we drop into the soup. As you are eating it, every so often you’ll bite into one for a wonderful burst of peppery, fruity hit.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger Wine

To me, no Christmas table is complete without cranberry sauce. Sharp, sour, bitter and a touch of sweet, it’s perfect with just about any meat and all manner of cheese.

Homemade is immeasurably better than anything out of a jar. And, as it takes only 10 minutes and is best made ahead – there’s really no excuse for not making it yourself!

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Sweet Vanilla Risotto with Calvados and Caramelised Apples

Here's an easy dessert for the weekend! In this Sweet Vanilla Risotto, every ingredient carries its own weight. No bit players here!

The risotto itself is creamy and not too sweet, just right, in fact. On that base, you have the magnificent complexity of vanilla, the world’s second most expensive spice, but certainly the most popular. Each spoonful of the sweet vanilla risotto on its own is creamy, woody, floral and intoxicating in its bouquet.

The caramelised apples add a honeyed, almost toffee-like sweetness to the sweet risotto. And the Calvados emphasizes the fruity apple aroma of the whole ensemble. And finally, for some added warmth, a sprinkle of cinnamon completes this glorious dessert.

Sheer ecstasy with every spoonful!

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Injera Recipe – Ethiopian Flatbread

Injera is a spongy, slightly sour flatbread from Ethiopia and Eritrea, considered to be the national dish of these two countries. It is a “plate”on a plate, with various dishes being piled on it and, using one’s fingers, one breaks off little pieces of the injera to scoop it all up.

Injera Ingredients
Traditionally made with Teff flour, you are just as likely to find Injera made with wheat flour, rice flour or a combination of any of these two; for the simple reason that teff, being the world’s smallest grain, is fairly expensive. In my home, my kids find the taste of teff a little too strong, so I definitely go down the half and half route.

All you need to make Injera is:

> teff flour (or some plain flour or rice flour)
> water
> salt
> vegetable oil or ghee for cooking

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How to Make Potted Duck (Rillettes de Canard)

Potted Duck, or Rillettes de Canard, is one of those recipes that I look forward to making every year, when the temperatures start to drop.

It’s funny really, because it’s a dish for any season, as far as I’m concerned. And duck is something we can get all year round too.

But, some recipes just taste so much better when you cook them seasonally! And game season generally starts in September here in the UK. Just one of the many reasons I love autumn!

I made up 2 dozen of these for a client over the weekend, so I took the opportunity to finally do a post about it!

Click on the image for probably the most comprehensive post you'll find on potted duck!

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How to make Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee, you love it or you hate it. Strong, bitter, yet extremely sweet, and a legend in its own time! This particular cup of Java seems to have a massive following worldwide, everyone singing sweet rhapsodies in its name.

It’s intimidating and it’s addictive.

Coffee, like baguette, was introduced to Vietnam by the French, but oh boy, have the Vietnamese turned it into a tradition for the ages!

What is Vietnamese Coffee?

The most famous Vietnamese coffee amongst non locals is the one you see in the images here, dark strong coffee, dripping onto an inch high of sweet condensed milk. This is known as ca phe sua (milk coffee) in Ho Chi Minh City and the rest of the south, and ca phe nua (brown/dark coffee).

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Fig, Blackberry and Apple Workout Drink
Autumn in a glass

If you are into making your own protein drinks as I am, here is one that just screams autumn! So, zap it up today before all those fresh autumnal fruits go out of season.

Purple, blue and deep red foods contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are an antioxidant, which we all know, is good for you! Yet another addition to the growing list of superfoods we keep getting hit in the face with.

Bottom line: #eatmorepurple!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

Every autumn, as soon as there is a chill in the air, as soon as there is the merest hint of leaves turning brown, the pumpkin spice brigade comes out in full force, ready to jazz up your world. There is just no hiding from this odoriferous assault. You might as well chant the Borg mantra and ride along with it!

Pumpkin spice is so versatile, you can use it in lattes, cocktails, cupcakes, pies, pancakes, ice cream, really, just about anything!

The beauty of making your own spice mix is that besides the fresher aroma, you can dictate its composition to meet your needs. You'll find many suggestions on my blog on how to vary the different ingredients for different recipes.

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Bread with Beetroot and Gherkins
Now here's a novel bread recipe for you to try out from +rick van elswijk!

This is the third recipe of the BREAD MONTH challenge.
Two weeks ago I gave you a recipe of bread with cranberries and nuts, this time you get a recipe of a savory bread!

Did you know that 80% of all bread in the western world is sold in supermarkets, these breads are often of very bad quality, full of preservatives, color and flavor substances. This was the reason that I decided to bake my own bread.

This is also your chance to bake good bread, this month you will get 4 different bread recipes to try.
Really, it's so nice to bake your own bread and the smell of freshly baked bread is heavenly.
 So that is baking for you, share your bread photo with us, even if it is not perfect because the goal is not who has the best or most beautiful bread, but the pleasure in baking bread at home.


450 grams of flour
25 grams of fresh yeast or 7 grams of instant dry yeast
8 grams of salt
0.27 liters of water

350 grams of beetroot
150 grams of gherkins
1 tablespoon mustard


cook the beetroot for 20 minutes, remove the skin and cut into cubes, cut the gherkins into cubes.
heat the oven to 225 degrees Celsius

mix the dough in 20 minutes, add the filling and mix in a low mix setting.
let the dough rise for about 45 minutes, form the dough and put it in a bread pan or make a ball that you can bake on the plate or stone, let it rise for another hour.
bake for 10 minutes at 225 degrees Celsius, now lower the oven to 190 degrees Celsius and bake for another 30 minutes.

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