Melissa’s 10 Spring Weekend Recipes

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    Hello, Melissa here, sharing 10 of my absolute favourite Springtime recipes to enjoy over the long weekend or whenever you please.  I’ve picked these out especially as they are all simple, cheerful and based on easy to get ingredients like seasonal veg, popular cupboard items and frozen produce too.     1. Chocolate Clusters Totally flexible chocolate bites – inspired by the rice krispie clusters that my Mum never let me have! Use whatever you have to hand in your cupboards; coconut flakes / seeds / chopped nuts work really well too. And look out for fairtrade chocolate. Get the recipe.     2. Asparagus Tray Bake This one pan tray bake makes use of frozen peas, broad beans or edamame if you have it in your freezer and if you can’t get asparagus yet, swap for broccoli of any kind or greens you already have. Get the recipe.     3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions I love this with quinoa or len

Jasmine’s 5 Valentine’s Day Bakes You’ll Love

If there was ever a brilliant excuse to do something a little special in lockdown, it has to be Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re baking for your sweetheart at home or want to deliver a lovely treat to your nearest and dearest, I’ve rounded up some ideas to brighten up your weekend.

Lemon Basil Almond Drizzle Cake

This cake is a firm favourite from East by West (page 95). This is a lighter take on a classic lemon drizzle, with a beautiful freshness from the basil. It’s made using a base of ground almonds and tapioca.

Chocolate Raspberry Muffin Volcanoes

The ultimate Valentine’s Day recipe, these muffin volcanoes are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough thanks to sticky jam and dark chocolate. I make these using a gluten-free flour mix.

Blackberry Apple Ginger Buckwheat Cake

A mouthwatering cake that’s vegan and gluten-free — what more could you ask for? Delicious for a special breakfast hot out the oven or an afternoon tea, I love the tangy fruit paired with fresh ginger, and your loved ones will too.

Choc-Carob Love Cake

If you haven’t tried carob yet, this is your chance. Not only is it delicious in its own right, but it’s also a wonderful alternative to chocolate, which can be quite high in caffeine. This is a grown-up cake that’s complex thanks to the molasses and sesame oil, and just sweet enough.

Rose and Cardamom Gram Flour Bites (Ladoos)

Ladoos are a traditional Indian snack that’s perfect for packing up in a nice box and gifting. These no-bake rose and cardamom ones, made with toasted gram flour (chickpea), are super fragrant and absolutely delicious — think melt-in-the-mouth shortbread with a twist.



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