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Cranberry cupcake

Cranberry cupcake

 

Cranberry cupcake is an easy and quick recipe and can be made all year around as you can use frozen fruit. Cranberries are the deep-red, tart fruit of a low, scrubby, woody bog plant. They are a winter berry that has become synonymous with the Christmas table for many. The bulk of the world’s cranberries are now cultivated, mainly in certain parts of Canada and North America, but cranberries can still occasionally be found growing wild. One of the remarkable properties of fresh cranberries is their ability to keep for months on end in a cool place. This is because they contain large amounts of benzoic acid, which is a natural preservative.

Lobster bisque

Lobster bisque

Lobster bisque is a soup recipe that is not cheap, but it is well worth the effort and cost. Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, crab, shrimp or crayfish. Bisque is a method of extracting flavor from imperfect crustaceans not good enough to send to market. In an authentic bisque, the shells are ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup. Valentines day for 2 or New Years Supper, this bisque is never out of place and so mild on the seafood taste that even the most difficult guest will be very pleasantly surprised.

Orange, Almond And Polenta Cake

Orange, Almond And Polenta Cake

This deliciously moist orange and almond cake requires just six ingredients. It contains no flour, but polenta instead, so it’s gluten-free. If you’re new to gluten free baking, or if you’re looking to convert your first gluten-ful recipe to gluten free, a cake like this is the perfect place to start because it’s already practically gluten free in its original form.

To serve, cut into slices, put a dollop of whipped cream or cre`me fraîche on top of each piece and drizzle with a little of the Vin Santo or almond liqueur. Add sliced almonds and a sprinkle of orange zest, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.