Baingan Bharta

An easy to make, delicious smoky aubergine curry roasted over an open flame. Bharta means mash and essentially that is what this is. A smoky aubergine mash cooked in various spices. It is delicious with a piping hot roti and is a dish that everyone enjoys. It does remind me of a couple of middle eastern dips minus all the spices and you know how much I love middle eastern food.

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Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt

I kinda feel guilty about putting this recipe up. I mean does it really warrant a recipe? Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt is basically a non recipe. Stuffed Dates make the most delicious dessert or snack. They are so simple to make and only require minimal ingredients. 

Peanut Butter , chocolate stuffed dates in a green plate on grey towelIn my younger years, I avoided dates as much as I could. Which wasn’t much because as soon as we began fasting, I had to have them at Iftar. My mum would make all kinds of dates but my fave ones were baked in ghee. TRUST ME! SO GOOD!

Nowadays, I love dates and eat them as often as I can. Obviously even more so during Ramadan. I never refuse them anymore. I was going to make a lame joke here but I held myself back.  

These stuffed dates are very popular in our house. They are easy to prepare and taste delicious. They can be made in advance, frozen and can be added to fruit or cheese platters.

Its pretty straight forward really..

I know that most of you will know already. You just remove the stone and them fill them with peanut butter. Around   one teaspoon works perfectly. My favourite is Pip and Nut. It contains no palm oil and contains no added sugar. You can swap the peanut butter with a different nut butter or even tahini or seed butter.

Which dates are best?

I love using medjool dates because they are quite big, really juicy and sweet. We got these ones from SKT welfare this year and have previously brought them via Penny Appeal and the ones that you see in most South Asian Supermarkets.

What’s great about stuffed dates?

Dates are a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. 

The nut butter provides some protein. Eating protein with something sweet like a date, slows slows the rate at which sugar floods into the bloodstream. If sugar hits your bloodstream quickly you feel high and then very quickly low. The slower it hits your bloodstream the less of a rush you get, but also, less of an after slump.

Stuffed dates freeze really well and are amazing straight out of the freezer. Although it isn’t recommended because it isn’t great for your digestion or your teeth.

I often make a batch and freeze on a baking tray until frozen. I then transfer to a zip lock bag and take out as needed. 

Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt

I kinda feel guilty about putting this recipe up. I mean does it really warrant a recipe? Dates with Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salt is basically a non recipe. Stuffed Dates make the most delicious dessert or snack. They are so simple to make and only require minimal ingredients. 

Course snacks
Cuisine English, Middle Eastern
Keyword Eid, Ramadan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Safira


  • 8 Dates Pitted and slit
  • 8 tsp Peanut Butter
  • 4 pieces Dark chocolate chopped
  • Flaky Salt


  1. Add a dollop of peanut butter to each date, along with a piece of chocolate and a sprinkle of salt.

Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

You will love these Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies. Wholesome foods usually conjures up images of bland, sahara desert dry pass me some water now, desserts. These cookies are nothing like that. There are as ever many variations of this recipe online which generally means that it is a good recipe..otherwise no one would bother with it! 

Chocolate Buckwheat cookies on greaseproof paper on a well used baking tray

What is so great about Buckwheat Flour?

Buckwheat flour is a great source of protein, iron and fibre. It is also warming and therefore great for digestion and for colder weather. 

Buckwheat flour is gluten free. and it imparts a nutty flavour to baked goods. That being said, if you’re struggling to get hold of buckwheat flour, you can replace it with plain flour. 

Why Coconut Sugar?

I use coconut sugar in this recipe. It isn’t a refined sugar and is made in a two step process which I would go into but I am very sketchy in this area of my knowledge. So i will just stop talking about that now. 

Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

Delicious and Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies. Nutty and chocolatey and wholesome all at once! Quick to make and bake and perfect for gatherings. 

Course Baking
Cuisine American, English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20
Author Safira


  • 300 g Dark Chocolate
  • 125 g Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 tbsp Tapioca Flour Optional
  • 4 tbsp Cacao
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 60 g Butter
  • 125 g Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs


  1. Melt HALF the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water. Chop the remaining dark chocolate and set it aside in the fridge.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C/Gas Mark 4. 

  3. Combine the buckwheat flour, tapioca flour (if using), cacao, bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. 

  4. Add the butter and sugar to a stand mixer and whisk to combine. 

  5. Pour in the melted chocolate and eggs and beat together for 2 - 3 minutes. 

  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients and chopped chocolate. 

  7. Add spoonfuls of mixture to lined trays leaving 1/2 inch of space between each cookie. 

  8. Put the tray into the fridge for 10 minutes before adding to the preheated oven. Bake for 9–10 minutes and allow to cool before removing from the tray. 

Recipe Notes

This recipe is very slightly amended from Simple Cooking by Nigella Lawson.

**Do let me know if you make this recipe. I love hearing from you and your feedback helps me to improve my content and move it in a direction that is useful to you!**

P.s. I shared a lot of these cookies with family and then inserted the rest into my open gob. They all agreed that they were delicious and promptly requested the recipe. 

Chocolate Orange and Honey Cake – Dairy Free, Gluten Free

If you guys are looking for a delicious, moist (sorry) and gluten/dairy free/refined sugar free cake for Eid, this is it. I LOVE THIS Chocolate Orange and Honey Cake. 

Chocolate orange cake with orange zest on greaseproof paper and grey towel

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4 Ingredients Chocolate Flapjacks

These 4 Ingredients Chocolate Flapjacks are the best, They are an easy treat to make and have throughout the week. The best thing about them, very few ingredients and effort are required to make them.  Oh and they last in a sealed container for up to a week. If you can hold out that long. I can’t.   

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