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Honey and Oil biscuits

This recipe is an extremely old one, as my grandmother’s recipe book states it’s her mother’s biscuit recipe. With roots which I believe are from traditional Italian biscuit recipes, there is no way that you can go wrong with a biscuit base made with oil and honey. Having made these biscuits a couple of times, I […]


Lemon shortbread

Lemon shortbread is synonymous to summer time tea. After all what is a proper afternoon tea if it doesn’t contain at least one type of shortbread (and scones, afternoon tea needs to have scones for sure). Like the majority of recipes in the blog, this one hails from my grandmother’s repertoire, although she called them […]


Banana Bread

Banana Bread is the perfect afternoon tea bread- whether its at the pool, beachside, or simply at your kitchen table, you can’t go wrong with this delicious and moist loaf.


Lely’s Easter Biscuits

I think that one of the things we most like as kids is eating biscuits and dunking them in milk. I remember eating biscuits nearly every day, more so in the summer months when we habitually had tea on the beach. Nothing beats the taste of tea at the beach , actually there really is […]


Apple Crumble

I think its fair to say that every household in Gibraltar has a recipe for Apple crumble or some sort of other fruit crumble. It must have been one of the easiest desserts to make, plus because seasonal fruit was used, it would have been a very economic recipe to help stretch the weekly wages […]

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Lely’s Cake – Crunchy Almond Cake

This is a really beautiful tasty cake, and well worth the little effort you need to take to make it. I called it Lely’s cake, as Lely is what we all used to call my Grandmother, and since her recipe book called this cake “my almond cake” I’ve very suitably (I think) named it after […]


Jam tarts

This traditional recipe is usually prepared as an Easter treat in Gibraltar. This particular version is a very very old recipe handed down to each generation, and comes from Catalan Bay the quaint fishing village I was raised in.  With generations of Italian heritage, this traditional Crostata is one of the best I have ever […]


Lemon Blueberry Muffins

My grandmother used to make these lemon muffins or “Madalenas” as she called them very regularly. I think they were my grandfather’s favourite, and I even remember my mum trying her hand at them. Blueberries were my addition, after having gone through what I call my “Nigella” phase. Whether you choose to add the blueberries […]


Home Made Fig Jam

Fig jam is a form of fig preserves that includes whole chunks of figs which have been cooked until they have been mellowed.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe’s origin was never that of a chocolate chip cookie, at least I don’t think my grandmother ever used it in this way. Her original recipe was for a plain crumbly nut biscuit which I seem to recall eating when I was young.

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