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Rice With Spices and Barberries


This lightly spiced rice goes so well with any Middle Eastern cooking.

There is a recipe for making your own jars of caramelised onions on the blog, sorry, I haven’t a clue how to include a link! These onions are so handy to have in the fridge for those days when you just don’t have time to cook onions low and slow.

Serves 4.


100g caramelised onions

200g basmati rice

1 teaspoon ground all spice

1 teaspoon ground coriander

a pinch of ground cinnamon

a pinch of saffron strands

375mls vegetable or chicken stock

10g barberries


In a pan with  a tight fitting lid, warm the onions through over a medium heat.

Add the rice and stir through for 1 minute.

Add the allspice, coriander, cinnamon and saffron, stir well.

Pour in the stock and add the barberries. Stir again.

Cover with the lid and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer gently for 14 minutes.

Turn the heat off but keep the lid in place, let the rice sit for 5 minutes.

Fork through the rice and serve.

Christmas Spiced Biscuits


A bit of a change to the usual gingerbread, which the boys have eaten a few kilos of by this time of year, these biscuits are flavoured with cinnamon, ginger and all spice so still lots of Christmas flavour and smells!

I have used a circular cookie cutter with an icing decorating tool as a press to make the cute snowflake decoration.

This recipe makes 55 biscuits but consider doubling the ingredients and freezing half, this dough freezes very well.


340g plain flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground all spice

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

110g butter

170g brown sugar

60mls golden Syrup

1 egg, beaten


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Process the flour, spices and bicarb.

Add the butter and process until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Weigh the sugar into a bowl, spread out and then weig the syrup on top, this makes it easier to pour into the processor.

Process all of the ingredients until you have a smooth paste.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut into your desired shape.

Lay gently onto your prepared sheets and then bake for 10-12mins, allow to cool fully on a cooling  rack.