Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties & a little festive tipple!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

And in that field, things don’t get any better than a tangy Christmas Martini.

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

I first tried them at the Borough Kitchen Christmas press do, and they immediately became a seasonal staple.

They are a modern take on traditional mulled wine and a real Christmas cracker of a drinks recipe!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Super easy, quick and completely delicious, I have it on good authority that Mr & Mrs Claus enjoy a few of these on the run up to Christmas eve.

Just make sure you drink them responsibly… ‘elf & safety first, promise?!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

Cranberry & turkey sausage rolls

Christmas is –finally– coming!

There’s less than 20 days to go ’til the most wonderful day of the year and -having been ready for it since the beginning of August- I’m so excited.

I’m not going to lie; part of it is because, for the first time ever, we managed to get a date in the diary to host our own little Christmas party. And we’ve managed to agree on said date early enough for all of your favourite people to not be already triple book, which means everyone was there.

 

Cranberry & turkey sausage rolls ● Festive canapés recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Which made things both very exciting and a teeny tiny bit complicated in terms of logistics, given that we hosted 15 people and only have 4 chairs. So yeah, Christmas-themed drinks and canapés it was!

 

Cranberry & turkey sausage rolls ● Festive canapés recipe ● Cake + Whisky

So this week, I’ll be sharing the snacks I made for our little festive get-together – starting with those amazing cranberry & turkey sausage rolls.

Cranberry & turkey sausage rolls ● Festive canapés recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Super easy to make and soooooo festive, they’re a party favourite.

No matter how many you make (there’s no such thing as too many), they’ll disappear in a flash!

Cranberry & turkey sausage rolls ● Festive canapés recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Cranberry Bakewell Porridge

There are days when the best thing you should really just stay in bed. And I’m afraid today is one of those days.

First of all, it’s Monday. And I don’t care how many inspirational quote are in my Insta feed, Mondays suck.

But today is some sort of next level Monday because TUBE STRIKE!!

I don’t take the tube, so it really shouldn’t matter all that much, if it wasn’t for the fact that the buses are fucking packed and I wasted an hour of my time waiting to see if one of them would stop at my bus stop to let people in and NOP, NOT GONNA HAPPEN, YOU CAN JUST WALK ACROSS ALL OF LONDON YOU FOOL.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

That said, as with all suck-y morning, there are some silver linings, including getting to go back home for breakfast in bed while browsing through emails.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

And when said breakfast happens to be a vibrant bowl of Cranberry Bakewell Porridge, it makes up for the suckiest of mornings.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Inspired by the classic British dessert, it’s indulgent yet healthy.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Packed full of breakfast-y goodness, vegan and ready in minutes, it’s the best day to start the day on a berry good note!

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (healthy, vegan) | Cake + Whisky

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge (serves 1)

Ingredients: 

  • 30g porridge oats
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (+ more for serving)
  • seeds for 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 250ml water or milk
  • small handful fresh or frozen cranberries (swap for 10-12 ripe cherries in season, stone removed)
  • 8-10 almonds, roughly crushed

1. In a small pan, put the cranberries, 1 tbsp maple syrup and a few tbsp of water. Cook for a few minutes until you get a jammy texture. Set aside.

2. In a small pot, mix together the porridge oats, ground almonds, 1 tbsp maple syrup, vanilla seeds and 250ml water/milk. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens (add more water if necessary).

3. Pour the porridge into a bowl, top with the cranberry ‘jam’ and the crushed almonds and serve immediately.

Cranberry Bakewell Porridge

Christmas Orange Salad with Spiced Cranberries

Roasts with rivers of gravy, creamy cheese, followed by a big batch of cakes and puddings… Christmas food is nothing if not indulgent.

But it absolutely doesn’t have to be like that all the way. As for most things in life, it’s all about balance.

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A crunchy brussel sprout slaw with the turkey. Plenty of fresh and dried fruit on your cheese board. And a tiny slice of pudding with this little wonder of a Christmas orange salad on the side.

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Bursting with festive flavours, yet still zesty and fresh, it’s the perfect way to end your Christmas meal…

So squeeze your chance & make this Christmas meal your zestier yet!

Christmas orange salad with spiced cranberries

Christmas Orange Salad with Spiced Cranberries (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oranges or 8 tangerines
  • 1 big handful fresh cranberries
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 green cardamom pods or 1 black cardamom pod, slightly crushed
  • 1 small handful raisins
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 300ml water

1. In a small saucepan, place the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, raisins and water. Bring to a small boil and simmer for 10 min. Add the sugar, reduce the heat and cook until it start thickening.

2. Add the cranberries into the syrup and cook until they just start to rumple. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely.

3. Using a knife, cut off the peel and white pith from the oranges. Cut them in thin slices and arrange on a serving dish.

4. Top with the spiced cranberries and raisins and drizzle with a bit of the spiced cooking syrup. Serve immediately.

Christmas Orange Salad with Spiced Cranberries

Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw

‘Tis the season of red cups, festive (ugly) jumpers start popping up everywhere (some more succesfully than others…) and the main conversation topic in the office has moved from the usual weather-politics combo to Christmas plans…. so I suppose it’s about time to get planning from the festive season ahead!

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

With Thanksgiving in just a few days, and Christmas no all that far behind, I’m sure you have a plethora of parties to look forward to.

The only issue with festive parties though? The. Same. Damn. Food. Every. Damn. Time. Turkey, ‘tatoes, Brussels sprouts, roast and repeat.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

I’m all for traditions but eating the same damn meal every other day or so for the next two months? Not quite so much so.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

That’s why in the build-up to the holidays, I’ll be sharing fresh twists on classic festive dishes, starting with this Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw.

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

Light, crisp, textural and vibrant, this recipe features many elements of a traditional festive side dish (Brussel sprouts, citrus, nuts, cranberries…) but prepared in a not-quite-so-conventional way.

A new take on the classic, if you will…

After all, there’s no reason why Santa should have the monopole on surprises this festive season!

Festive Brussel sprout slaw | Cake + Whisky

Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 500g Brussel sprouts
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp grapefruit vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp pecan nuts or walnuts, crushed into small bits
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberry
  • salt, pepper

1. Using a sharp knife or a mandoline, shred the Brussel sprouts very thinly.

2. In a bowl, combine the mayo, Greek yoghurt, vinegar and poppy seeds.

3. Add the cabbage and season to taste.

4. Sprinkle with the crushed walnuts & cranberries and serve immediately.

Festive Brussel Sprout Slaw

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake

Growing up in France, my breakfasts were almost always of the sweet variety. Toast with butter and jam, or Nutella, pastries… and on the very best days, cake!

Fast forward a few years (really not that many!) and you’ll find that my breakfasts have taken a savoury turn… but cake very much remains at the top of the ‘best breakfast’ list!

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake

Now, I know that not everyone can stomach a brownie calorie bomb early in the morning (feel free to call me shall you need some help!), but the below Cranberry Oatmeal Cake is a completely different animal.

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It has oats, and berries, and syrup and egg. It has that sweet, milky taste of the very best porridge, contrasting perfectly with the sharp, tangy cranberry and deep, dark chocolate chips. And it’s much more convenient to eat on-the-go than a bowl of cereal.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake

If that’s not top breakfast material, I don’t know what is!

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake (serves 6-8)

Ingredients: 

  • 100g porridge oats
  • 250ml hot milk
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 60ml maple syrup
  • 1 big free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 120g self-raising flour + 1 tbsp
  • 150g fresh or frozen cranberry
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C°. Grease and line a large loaf tin.

2. In a small bowl, mix the cranberries with 1 tbsp flour until evenly coated (that will prevent them from falling to the bottom of the tin).

3. Combine the oats and the hot milk in a large mixing bowl and set aside for a while to allow the oats to absorb most of the milk.

4. Cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk, then stir in the maple syrup and the egg.

5. Fold the flour into the butter mixture.

6. Drain any remaining liquid from the oats, then stir into the cake batter.

7. Add in the chocolate chips and 2/3 of the cranberries and mix once more.

8. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle the remaining cranberries evenly on top.

9. Bake for about 45 min (or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean).

10. Let rest in the tin for 10 min before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

 

 

Cranberry Oatmeal Cake

Salmon + Lentil Salad

I got into the habit of packing my own lunch when I was at university.

Before that, I was lucky enough to attend schools which had decent-to-really-good lunch schemes (as most French schools do).

Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

And then, all of a sudden, it was all tasteless pizza and pasta and salad bars that had seen better days and were quite frankly to expensive for what it was.

So I bought myself a few Lock Lock boxes and so my love for homemade salad lunches begun.

Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

Most of my creations over the years have been guided by the seasons and whatever I find in my fridge.

There has been classic combinations and some more… creative ones and some have definitely been more successful than others.

Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

This salmon and lentil salad definitely features amongst the former.

Hearty yet healthy, packed full of good fats and vitamins, it’s a super pretty and colourful packed lunch that’ll keep you full till dinner time.

Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

So good you won’t want to share it with salmon else (so make sure you multiply the below quantities if needed!)

Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

Salmon + Lentil Salad (serves one)

Ingredients: 

  • 60g uncooked Puy lentils
  • 1/2 small white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • Small handful shredded cabbage
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced 
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries 
  • Pinch of dried oregano 
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (I used Aleppo pepper)
  • Salt, pepper, olive oil

1. Prepare the lentils: Place the lentils into a small sieve and rinse under running cold water. Heat up a little bit of oil in a saucepan, then did the diced onion and cook until golden. Add the rinsed lentils into the saucepan. Add 300ml water and a little pinch of salt, then bring to the boil. Simmer for about 25 min, stirring regularly until the lentils are tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

2. Cook the salmon: Prehwat the oven to 180 C. Place the salmon fillet in the centre of a cooking foil square. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chilli flakes and oregano, then close the foil up to form a parcel. Place onto a baking tray and bake for 20-25 min. Allow to cool slightly, then open up the foil parcel & flame up the fish.

3. Combine the cooked lentils, flaked salmon, diced avocado and shredded cabbage onto a plate.

4. Season with lime juice and olive oil as well as salt and pepper. Top with the dried cranberries and sliced spring onion and serve immediately or pack into a lunchbox and look forward to a healthy, colourful lunch!

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Salmon & Lentil Salad by Cake + Whisky

Salmon + Lentil Salad