Piping hot, fluffy scones with mouth watering nuggets of dates, topped with butter melting into their hot surface. If you keep reading, consider yourself warned that this date scones recipe is addictive – made with simple store cupboard ingredients, they are ridiculously easy and scrumptious.
Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah. Date Scones. These, savoury muffins and pikelets (aka “scotch pancakes” for my Brits) are cornerstones of my Kiwi childhood. Memories of the kitchen full of sunshine, the smell of fresh baking and all us kids desperately trying to get hold of the hot delicacies. Now, I’d eat them on their own on a cosy winter afternoon or perhaps sneak them into afternoon tea.
I’m often asked for examples of classic New Zealand food, and to be honest, I struggle to answer as it’s such a multicultural country. Except for Hangi, Bacon & Egg Pie and maybe Pavlova (let’s not open that Australasian kettle of arguments), ANZAC Biscuits are perhaps one of the most iconic Kiwi/Australian recipes. They’re excellent for curing homesickness.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a no egg, low flour cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. (They’re also super easy to make as gluten-free biscuits.)
Hitting the perfect dinner party balance of style, flavour and not being stuck in the kitchen can be hard, so here are 3 of my favourite winter party recipes: Mulled Cider, Baked Camembert and Pumpkin Soup.
They are all perfect for a festive catchup, a Christmas feast or a New Years knees up. Minimum set up, maximum flavour – without overwelming your guests. And, every one of these is vegetarian (just swap the chicken stock in the soup) and scrumptious.
Cookies and biscuits are awesome. Especially when you get to roll out your favourite gluten-free melting moments recipe. However you call them, and whether you roll with the British ‘Biscuits’ or the American ‘Cookie’, they are usually sweet drops of delight and my Mr Kiwi’s kryptonite. Just a side note, American biscuits are a Southern delicacy and are scone-like pillows that mop up Gravy, they’re all good in my book (oooh CrackerBarrel, please open stores in the UK).
So anyway, upon espying ‘The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap’ I entered my gluten intolerant name into the ring, and awaited my three secret squirrel matches. Alas, us Bloggers entering who were gluten free were few and far between, but on the bright side I was matched up with Aussie expat, mum & gluten-free foodie extraordinaire Meg, who blogs at Meg-Made.