Orange, Onion and Toasted Almond Salad (v)

A lovely light fragrant salad which cuts through the richness of a tagine brilliantly or is fabulous on its own on a hot day. So not like the weather today then…!

For 2 people you need
1 orange, segmented
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1 tsp dried mint
2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
1 tbsp argan oil (or use olive oil)

Arrange the ingredients on a plate and leave to infuse for 30 mins or so before serving. Serve at room temperature, don’t chill.

Sunshine in a Glass aka Apple; Blood Orange and Pineapple Juice (v)

The perfect antidote to the snow outside. A glass of perky, sweet, delicious juice that makes you feel good from the inside out. You need a juicer to make this, obviously…
For one pint of goodness take 2 oranges (peel and pith cut off), 3 apples and half a pineapple. Juice together and enjoy the radiant glow.

Watercress, Tofu and Orange Salad (v)

This ended up tasting like the king prawn chilli noodle salad I used to love from M&S. But quite by accident, I hadn’t intended to make it that way. It’s light, refreshing and kicks a punch at the end from the chilli. Add some noodles to it if you want to include carbs.

For one person you need:
1 orange, skin cut off and cut into segments, retain the juice.
1 cup each of watercress, baby spinach leaves and rocket
2″ piece of cucumber cut into bite sized chunks
1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
1/3 block taifun smoked tofu, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp hot sweet chilli sauce

Place everything on a plate and layer up. Scoff. Don’t make this with the orange in it the night before like I did cos the acid in the juice will wilt the leaves… Still tasted nice tho.

Orange a la Cannelle (v)

All we seemed to eat in Morocco for pudding was orange a la cannelle. It’s one of Lex’s favourite dishes, and he’s currently scoffing a couple of oranges with cinnamon for breakfast!

For one portion you need:
1 orange
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Peel the orange with a knife to remove the skin, pith and outer membrane of the orange segments. Either slice thin slices or segment the orange and place the slices/segments in a bowl and squeeze the juice on top. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and eat. Preferably outside in the sunshine in the shade of an orange tree and within earshot of a qsbah.

Mulled Wine (v)

I am addicted to this. It’s the soothing, warming, inner core fug of happiness it distributes and it dissipates I think 😉

For 6 generous servings you need:
1 bottle good quality red wine
2 clementines cut into slices
1 cinnamon stick
4-5 cloves
125g caster sugar
pared rind of a lemon
1/4 whole nutmeg, grated
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Place everything into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the spices are aromatic. Serve warm in glasses and spread seasonal good cheer 🙂

Hot Toddy (v)

We had no lemons so this was made with oranges. It was nice. Use agarve nectar if you’re vegan…

For one person you need:
1/2 orange cut into thick slices
1-2 tsp honey or 1tsp agarve nectar
Boiling water
1-2 shots whisky

Place the honey/nectar, oranges and alcohol in a mug. Pour over boiling water and leave to steep for 2-3 mins, crushing the orange as you do so. Sip and feel better.

Caramelised Oranges (v)

This is soooooooo yummy and goes really well with the Orange Cheesecake recipe.

For about 8 servings you need:
4 oranges, peeled and segmented
2 tbsp grand marnier
200g sugar
150ml water

Place the water and sugar in to a pan and gently bring to the boil. Once the sugar has melted, boil rapidly until the syrup has reduced, thickened and turned a lovely dark colour. Be careful not to burn it.

Place the orange segments into a dish and pour over the grand marnier. Once the syrup has been made, VERY CAREFULLY add the oranges to the syrup. THIS WILL SPIT so use oven gloves and protect yourself. Swirl the pan and pour back into the dish to cool.

Orange Cheesecake with Shortbread

This is lovely. I thought I had struck it big with the delicious hummingbird bakery cheesecake recipe but this is on another level! It’s so light in texture and the orange adds a lovely added dimension to the depth of the cheesecake. I have to thank the Barefoot Contessa for the idea as her advert always shows during Food Network Challenge and she stands there, smugly in her amazing house in the Hampton’s, saying “oranges and cream cheese, what’s not to love”. [at this point I usually shout at the TV. I am only human after all].

For 8 or so portions you need:
200g shortbread biscuits. Decent quality please.
65g melted butter
zest of one orange

450g cream cheese
3 eggs
zest of two oranges
juice of one orange
50g soft butter
150g caster sugar
25g plain flour
150ml double cream

Blitz the biscuits to smithereens and add the butter. Press into a lined 23cm springform tin and chill whilst you make the filling. Place the cream cheese, zest, juice, sugar, flour and egg yolks in to a bowl and whisk lightly till combined. Whip the cream to soft peaks and fold in. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold in. Pour on to the prepared base and bake in a low oven (140 degrees) for about 1hr15mins. Remove and leave to cool. Serve with caramelized oranges if you fancy something really sumptuous. This would make a lovely Christmas pudding for Christmas eve or boxing day or summat. Use clemintines if you want to make it more Christmassy.

Nigella’s Marble Cake

I tried to make this a few weeks ago and mis-read the instructions by adding the cocoa to the whole mix… I got it right this time but my new bundt tin made the cake stick so I now have two halves, grrr. It tastes nice tho…!

For about 20 slices you need:
250g butter, plain flour and caster sugar
1/2 tsp bicarb
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
juice and zest of an orange
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 eggs

Place everything APART from the milk and cocoa powder into a food processor and blitz till it forms a smooth batter. Take out half and add it to the milk and cocoa powder. Grease a tin and dollop in alternate spoonfuls of the batter. Swirl with a skewer to make the marbled effect. Bake in a moderate oven for 30-45 mins till risen and cooked. Leave to cool and then scoff.