Pepper Fruit Scones

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 13, 2017
I wanted a way to ‘trap’ the sweet and spicy flavours of the pepper fruit and I dreamt up scones. I felt as though the slightly sweet dough could work well with the spice and scent of pepper fruit. I got a mix of green and red pepper fruit and blitzed them – seeds and […]

Spiced Carrot Cake

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 27, 2017
Carrot cake…because carrots are in season and they are ‘healthyish’, aren’t they? Well, I think so. I discovered a gorgeous recipe on food52 which I continue to make with a few tweaks – namely upping the spices. I made this for a party, frosted it with lemony cream cheese and decorated it with glazed carrot […]

Make Any Fruitcake You Like – No Alcohol, No Eggs, Whatever

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 29, 2016
It’s the dawn of Christmas. Forget presents and the tree – if you don’t have fruitcake, you’re dulling. Consider this your essential fruit cake kit, even if you soak the dried fruit the day before. Recipe The Best Fruit Cake Recipe in the whole entire world, inspired by the BBC Good Food’s Simmer & Stir […]

Baked Snails with a Garri Crust

by Kitchen Butterflyon May 16, 2015
Snails are my latest obsession, can you tell? Well, they are in season so…yes, go for it I say to myself. Do new things. Embrace new combinations and textures. One. Slice them and place in pretty dishes. Don’t worry too much about whether or not you have enough snails. No one ever has enough snails. […]

The Art of Pita Bread

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 30, 2015
Pita. Pita Bread. A delightful flatbread, the best of which is barely sweet, soft and with good ‘pocket’. The best pita bread I’ve had in my life has been from a Lebanese restaurant called Jedoudna in Dubai. I love Jedoudna because they bake their pitas to order. What does that deliver to you? Me? The freshest bread […]

Baked: Agbalumo-Carrot Cake

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 12, 2015
Today, I have three stories & recipes to share on and with Agbalumo – Success with an awesome chutney, A’yt and outright ‘Fail’. Here’s to delicious cake first. Long dreamt of and easily made was this cake. See that orange nugget – top right hand of the wedge of cake below? That’s a piece of […]

How to Cook with Angostura Bitters & Other Sentiments

by Kitchen Butterflyon March 5, 2015
I reach for her when a sweet and spicy combination requires a little something something, you know what I mean? Sometimes you need that additional flavor undernote when what you’re working with seems a little one-dimensional. Something to round it off nicely, sort of like orange zest would. Sort of…  but not quite. I refer […]

Zobo & Gingerbeer Fruit Cake (Alcohol-Free)

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 16, 2014
I have my ‘voice of reason’, Maryam to thank for being the inspiration behind this fruit cake recipe, two ways – the first without alcohol and then, without alcohol and eggs. For a while, I’d been thinking about doing more with Zobo (Hibiscus drink), malt drinks and ginger beer so when I decided to make […]

Christmas Cakes, Bakes & Things

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 19, 2013
Anticlimax. Antithesis. Polar opposites. Diametrically opposed. This was my very weekend. One moment I’m complaining about ‘no harmattan’, and the next morning I’m the glorious recipient of a cold wave when I open my front door – ‘Harmattan’ has officially arrived. So now I can make my declaration ‘Its time to get ready for Christmas’. […]