Beautiful raisin flavoured baked pears for wintery nights.
Aaah, the thought of these makes me feel hungry. First made in our household about 20 years ago they still feature occasionally in our kitchen, especially in winter. They are a great way to take the evening chill off of the kitchen – turn the oven on, pop in the pears and perhaps some parsnips to roast, pour the wine and put some Italian music on in the background.
Are you looking for similar dishes? Try Roasted Rosemary Pears, and an Autumn Fruit Salad.
You might like to browse our Dessert recipes, and our Pear recipes. Check out our easy Late Winter recipes.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2005. You can browse more of those recipes in the Retro Recipes series.
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A quick dessert celebration of Autumn. Apples, Pears and Pomegranates are brought together with yoghurt and a touch of spice for a quick, easy and delicious dessert. It’s also wonderful at breakfast time (top your cereal or oats with it) and an any-time snack. Try it also with our Bondi Bircher Muesli.
Are you looking for Pomegranate Recipes? Try making your own Pomegranate Molasses and Pomegranate Honey.
Or try these Desserts – Butter Glazed Apple, Baked Apple with Star Anise and Baked Pears with Marsala.
For more recipes, browse all of our Apple Recipes and our Pear Recipes. Find more Pomegranate recipes here, and other yoghurt recipes here. Or take some time to browse our Mid Autumn Recipes.
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Rice pudding is such a traditional dish, born from Mother’s, Grandmothers’ and Great Grandmothers’ Winter collections of recipes. I always know when the best of Glorious Autumn is over because I bake a rice pudding. It varies every year – sometimes it is as early as early April, and sometimes as late as mid May here in the Southern Hemisphere. A dish of extreme comfort and warmth, there is something about it that connects me with my great line of ancestors.
This old fashioned, rustic dish is rather dark from the cinnamon and the brown sugar. Use white sugar if you prefer a lighter version.
Are you looking for Rice Puddings? Try our Greek Rice Pudding and Bengali Rice Kheer. Or try some other desserts – Sago Payasam, Baked Apricots with Honey and Orange, and Baked Strawberries.
Looking for more? Explore all of our Rice Puddings and all of our other Desserts . Feel free to browse other vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006 in the Retro Recipes series. Or try our easy Mid Autumn recipes.
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This morning some eggplants were baking for a planned eggplant and yoghurt dish, and I decided to pop figs into the oven alongside the eggplants, for a great breakfast treat. These are easy – figs, thyme and olive oil. Delicious. Roasting or baking figs intensifies their sweetness. Ten minutes or so and they are ready.
If you are looking for other Fig recipes try these – Roasted Sweet Potato and Fresh Figs, Figs with Rosewater and Almonds, Fig Salad with Almond Butter Dressing, and Figs with Pecorino.
Browse all of our Fig recipes, our Breakfast recipes, all of our Baked recipes, and all of our Dessert recipes. Or take some time to browse our Late Summer dishes.
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Sakkarai Pongal is short grained, raw rice cooked in jaggery and milk with mung dal, simmered until thick and then garnished with ghee, cashew nuts and raisins. It is not the traditional Milk Pongal cooked completely in milk, but is a definite favourite. It is a distinctive dish from Tamil Nadu, and also cooked in Sri Lanka and some other states in South India.
Pongal is a festival in January where we thank the Sun for the bounty that it brings us. Sakkarai Pongal is cooked in the morning as the sun rises and is presented as part of the devotions. Read more about the Pongal Festival here. And all of our dishes for the Pongal Festival are here.
But Pongal, the dish, can be made at any time. There are sweet versions like this one (called sakkarai), and you might like to try the other versions: Sakkarai Pongal from Jaffna; and Sakkaria Pongal without Milk. Check to see if we have since posted other version.
And there is are savoury versions, and we have a couple of versions of Ven Pongal. You can see recipes here.
Otherwise, browse all of our Rice dishes, and all of our Indian dishes. You might like to take some time and browse all of our Mid Summer recipes.
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I recently read this characterisation of hot drink imbibers:
Tea drinkers are golden oldies fans. Those who take it from a pot, never from a bag, are classical music snobs. Instant coffee drinkers go for hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Short black aficionados turn into whatever is new and funky. The only people who drink herbal teas are folk singers and old hippies.
That makes me a fan of golden oldies and an old hippie folk singer, yet a lover of the new and funky.
Thank goodness that characterisation is not true today, and along with good espresso coffee, tea has found a rightful place after losing out to coffee for a while. Herbal teas are available in cafes and restaurants, chai is a perfectly acceptable cafe-based low-caffine drink for non-coffee drinkers.
They say tea was discovered in 2737BCE when Chinese Emperor Shen Ning infused dried camellia leaves in water to make a pleasant drink that gave him vigour and focus.
Thank goodness for that. Today we use tea in preparing a dessert or breakfast dish with tea and prunes. You can also browse other breakfast dishes or our deserts here and here. You might also like to check out our tea and chai recipes.
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A classic dessert of Tamil Nadu
Sago Payasam is a classic dessert in Tamil Nadu in South India, along with Vermicelli and Rice Payasams. Payasams are sweet desserts, the milk condensing and thickening as it cooks and the sugar sweetens this thick mixture to a level almost beyond the experience of cooks outside of India. Hold back on the sugar to begin with if you do not have a sweet tooth.
You might also like our Payasam recipes here and here. Or our Sago recipes here and here. Explore our Indian Desserts here, or the more general Dessert recipes here and here.
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Nigel Slater with a dessert of strawberries and raspberries.
I love Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II and perhaps it is even better than the first volume. While browsing through the June recipes (ie those suitable for December in Australia), it was his pairing of strawberries and raspberries that grabbed my attention. The festive season is notoriously hot in many parts and it is beach and BBQ weather every day. Berries are prolifically available in Australia at this time, and their gorgeous colours and flavours suit the season well.
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A delicious, surprising Indian pancake style dish
This recipe is adapted from Festival Cookbook by Vilma Patil. Eliappe recipes vary wildly. Some cook Eliappe in molds, some in a wok, some cook them free-form. Some ferment the batter, some do not. Some cook over a very hot pan, some cook them more slowly. Some include additional ingredients.
This is my interpretation of Eliappe, sweet and delicious pikelet-like dosa snacks. If you cook it differently, I would love to hear. If you like this, you should also check out the Goan Surnoli.
This is especially good for Pongal Festival in South India.
You might also like to browse all of our Desserts. Or you might be interested in our Poha (flattened rice) recipes. Explore our Dosa recipes too.
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Inspiration for Mid Spring Healthy Living
At all times of the year, sweet things are important to balance the other tastes. As the warmth comes in, the longing for sweet bites decreases a little. Spring fruits and early Summer fruits hit the market, and we are content.
Some gorgeous inspirational Desserts for you this Mid Spring. You can also browse
Other gorgeous Springtime posts include:
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Sweetness for Healthy Mid Autumn Living
At all times of the year, sweet things are important to balance the other tastes. As the cold comes in, the longing for sweet bites increases. Perhaps it has to do with the energy provided.
Enjoy some Indian inspiration for Autumn deliciousness. You can also browse Salad and Vegetable Dishes for Mid Autumn; Indian Deliciousness; Breads, Grains, Lentils and Pasta; Soups; Teas and Sweet Desserts; and Tips, Hint and How To’s for Mid Autumn. (Some of these might not be available now but will be published in the next few days.)
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Sweetness brings comfort in Early Spring fickle weather
Sweet things comfort us during this move from wintery weather to spring warmth and spring rains.
Enjoy our Sweet and Liquid Inspiration for Early Spring. You can also browse Soup Recipes for Early Spring; Salads, Dips, Dressings, BBQs and Vegetables; Indian Deliciousness; Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Preserves and More; Drinks and Sweets; and Helpful Hints for Early Spring. (Some of these will be published over the next few days.)
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Sweet things to carry us through any transition, especially this transitional month.
Sweet things and a good cuppa always bring comfort. As Summer wanes, we miss her and grieve for the long days of Summer. Yet Autumn also brings great pleasures in her simpler and slower rhythms. A few sweet things punctuate the days and our teas and drinks still hold importance
Enjoy our Sweets and Drinks Inspiration for Early Autumn.
You can also browse other Early Autumn recipes:
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Thankful to my friend for this wonderful dessert recipe
I have had this recipe since forever. It is the kind of dessert you want to eat on a night you are feeling a little vulnerable and out of sorts with the world. It will make you feel great again.
It is so easy, so simple, very wonderful, especially after a hot Indian meal. Given to me by an Indian friend, I believe this recipe is much much better than one published in a recent popular large book on India and Indian food. It is very special.
Nachi made this often and taught me to make it, although he was never too keen to have me cook it for him. He was very particular, and I was still learning, particularly about the precision needed in traditional Indian dishes. One cardamon pod either way, and you could spoil the dish. I had to lose my free-form, flexible Australian ways. We also often made his favourite vegetable dish, Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach Madras Curry.
Are you after more Payasam recipes? Try Besan Payasam, Sago Payasam, Nachi’s Payasam, and Bengali Rice Kheer. You get two Payasams for one, here – Sago and Vermicelli.
You might like to browse our Payasam recipes here. Or our other Desserts here. All of our Indian dishes are here. Or simply explore all of our Late Winter dishes.
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Although the mornings and evenings are still balmy, and days can be terrifyingly hot, the first signs of Autumn begin to appear. We still need cooking dishes and drinks. Fruit gradually changes away from stone fruits as Autumn fruits begin to appear later in the month. During Late Summer, food gains more body, as if the physical body wants to stock up for the approach of cold weather.
Enjoy some special Tempting Sweets and Cooling Drinks Inspiration for Late Summer. You can also browse
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