The Weekly Word Prompt: Holiday Treats

My daughter was supposed to come home today but has been delayed until Friday. We will be making one of our favourite treats….Florentines

A food blogger who I followed way back when and has since not blogged for a while, Bizzy Lizzy, put this recipe on her site. My daughter and I get together every now and then to have a bit of kitchen time together.

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Here is Lizzy’s recipe



2 cups cornflakes, gluten free if preferred

1/2 cup sultanas

1 cup flaked or slivered almonds

100g dried pitted cherries (or cranberries)

1/2 cup caster sugar

100g unsalted butter

250g dark chocolate



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare a 1/2 cup muffin tray by placing large paper liners into the holes. Alternatively, place 15 paper liners onto a baking sheet. Combine the cornflakes, sultanas, almonds and cherries in a bowl and mix well.

Melt the butter and sugar in a small saucepan. (In one batch, I deliberately tried allowing the butter to caramelise slightly, for a yummy burnt butter taste. It was good). Add the melted butter/sugar mixture to the other ingredients and fold through, coating thoroughly. Spoon equal amounts into the paper liners. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a double boiler over a saucepan of simmering water. Drizzle the chocolate over the Florentines in zig zag fashion. Refrigerate and serve chilled, in or out of the liners. Makes 15 or so. Will store well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.


Brian’s tomato relish

This recipe is a compilation of four recipes. I took what I liked from each recipe, modified after a few goes and here is the result. Let me know if it works for you.

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Brian’s Tomato Relish


9 Roma Tomatoes, halved

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 large brown onion coarsely chopped

1 dried chili, chopped, some seeds removed

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons palm sugar

Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon seed mustard

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and chili, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until aromatic.

Add the halved tomatoes stir until the tomatoes are covered with the onion mixture. Add the tomato paste, stir and coat the tomatoes until the tomatoes start breaks down.

Add the cider vinegar, stirring until starts to boil.

Add the palm sugar, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix through.

Put a lid on the saucepan, simmer stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes have reduced and are mushy.

Mash the tomatoes with the spoon and cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Remove the skins if you wish.

Place into sterilised jars

I promised that I would post this recipe for someone ages ago. Sorry I can’t              remember who it was.


Spicy couscous with char grilled vegetable


  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 Zucchini sliced
  • 1 Capsicum sliced
  • 1 Brown Onion sliced
  • Roast pumpkin chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Bring stock to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat.Image
  2. Place couscous, cumin, coriander and currants in a large, heatproof bowl. Image
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Mix ingredients. Pour over boiling stock. Stir with a fork. Cover with plastic wrap and stand for 5 minutes or until stock is absorbed. Image
  4. Remove plastic wrap, stir couscous gently with a fork to separate grains.
  5. Slice the zucchini, capsicum chilli and onion. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the zucchini, capsicum, chilli and onion. Cook until vegetables are soft.Image
  6. Roughly chop roast pumpkin.Image
  7. Spoon couscous onto plate.
  8. Add char grilled vegetables and pumpkin.
  9. Squeeze over the lemon juice. Serve.Image