Farmingdale girl sells her art to buy a diabetes alert dog

Emma Brussell, 8, of Farmingdale who has Type

Emma Brussell, 8, of Farmingdale who has Type 1 diabetes, is creating and selling paintings so she can afford a diabetic alert dog, which costs $15,000. Her parents are using a Facebook page as an auction site for…

Vegan Christmas Dinner 2016: Pick Your Favorite amidst These Wonderful Vegan Christmas Recipe Ideas

Vegan Christmas Dishes

Get spoilt for choice this Christmas Eve because there’s something for everyone. Choose from scrumptious vegan appetizers, hearty main courses, delicious sides, and sinful desserts for a special vegan Christmas dinner!

These vegan recipes for Christmas are easy, made with fresh and easily procured ingredients, and are guaranteed to wow your guests!


Opt for classic sourdough bruschetta with baby artichokes, garlic, and lots of extra virgin olive oil. Also try an aubergine dip with parsley, lemon, and olive oil and serve with crackers.

You can also try a mashed butternut squash with toasted pine nuts, chestnuts, red chilies, sage, and olive oil. If mashed isn’t your style, opt for baked squash, stuffed with long-grain basmati rice flavored with cranberries, chestnuts, garlic, and a hint of allspice and baked until the soft.

For classic minced meat pies, make the pastry with gluten-free flour and use sweetened vegetarian stuffing for a delicious filling. For simple ones, make cranberry-chili jam using cranberries, onions, garlic, red chilies, and vinegar and cook until soft.

Main Course

Rub a whole cauliflower with garlic, pepper, olive oil and herbs and slow cook it. Serve the roasted spiced cauliflower with a tomato, almond, and sherry sauce.

For a vegetarian…

Last minute Christmas recipes: Essential sauces and gluten free Yorkshire pudding


You’ve got the turkey, you made and iced the cake and you’ve wrapped the presents. But have you got enough breadsauce, or forgotten how to make Yorkshire pudding? Our last minute festive recipes will provide the perfect finishing touches to your Christmas dining table – bon appetit.


Bread sauce

The classic sauce is always delicious at Christmas and its rich flavour is a perfect turkey accompaniment. This recipe from Dominic Chapman makes a wonderful side that is fantastic for the winter holidays, as well as for Burns Night. You can make the bread sauce ahead of time, and it can be stored in the freezer a couple of weeks ahead.

250ml of milk
½ onion, studded with one clove
1 bay leaf
​100g white bread, crusts removed
Nutmeg, freshly grated to taste
1 tbsp of double cream

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Put the milk and clove-studded onion into a pan with the bay leaf, bring gently up to a simmer and then strain over the breadcrumbs. Stir until the bread softens then add cream, nutmeg and seasoning. Cool, then chill (or freeze in a lidded container until needed. Defrost overnight in the fridge). Serve warm with turkey.​

This recipe first appeared on the Great British Chefs


Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise is an indulgent, buttery sauce that is an essential component of eggs Benedict, but equally heavenly with asparagus, salmon or new potatoes. The sauce is an emulsion of egg yolks and liquid butter flavoured with lemon juice, salt and a little cayenne pepper and is notoriously difficult to get right. The trick is to heat the eggs enough so they thicken but no so much that they curdle. Our easy recipe will help you achieve perfect results every time.

150ml white wine vinegar
1 banana shallot, finely sliced
1 sprig thyme
1 tsp black peppercorns

This Burger King Will Turn Your Unwanted Xmas Gift Into A Whopper

Not everything you get this Christmas will have taste, and that’s where Burger King comes in.

The fast food outlet in Miami Beach is inviting customers to exchange their unwanted holiday gifts for a Whopper sandwich on Dec. 26.

The delicious swap aims not only to satisfy bellies but also to support the nonprofit Miami Children’s Initiative, which serves the children of the troubled Liberty City neighborhood.

Lousy holiday gift? Exchange it for a Whopper. Post a pic with #WhopperExchange and watch the video for more info.

— Burger King (@BurgerKing) December 18, 2016

The Miami area restaurant is unfortunately the only location in the U.S. that’s carrying out the Whopper exchange. But that doesn’t mean people who don’t live in South Florida can’t help out while they…

Seven Christmas Gift Ideas That Millennials Might Appreciate More


Christmas celebration is a once a year event. It is a good time to appreciate your friends and loved ones. One unique thing about Christmas is that it’s usually accompanied by an exchange of gift items.

However, it is important to get it right. Remember, getting the right gift is not predicated on how much you can spend. A recent study by statista shows that about $752 was spent on an average gift items in 2015. My question is; how many of these gift items were appreciated?

It is important that you understand the psychology of the recipient to get it right. However, there is one generation that stands on different pedestals with a unique personality and mind-set. They are called millennials.

If the recipient of your gift falls into this category then this article is written for you.
Millennials are the most diverse generation striving towards a common goal; they study, work, diet, exercise, socialize, dress and shop in a unique way. There are numerous christmas gift ideas that this group of people might appreciate so long you match the gifts and the personality of the recipient.

Here are 10 ideas that could help you captivate the mind of a millennial in the festive period.

1. Athleisure wear

Athleisure wears are the newest wave in the world of fashion and sport because it blends both comfort, fashion, and efficiency into one piece.

An example is a combination of leggings, and strappy sports bra and a yoga tank that can be worn for a social event and the gym. Apart from the multifaceted use of athleisure wears, they are lightweight and dry easily, especially for someone who is always on the move.

Imagine your day is scheduled for a yoga class, lunch, shopping at the mall and biking, athleisure wears will be handy.

Most athleisure were designed with millennials in mind. They are the category of people that are passionate about fitness and well as looking trendy at the same time. As a result, millennials tend to spend more money of athleisure wears already. Some of the athleisure even come with custom zippers in a way that make it trendy.

This is the direction millennia fashion is heading and lots of celebrities and professional are beginning to embrace it. Getting a millennial friend one of these as a Christmas gift might likely be appreciated more.

2. Bedding Materials

The bedding gift can also be termed as a symbolic gift especially when…

Healthier Christmas treats

Gluten-free, lactose-free and reduced sugar diets are hot topics these days. The drive for ingredients to suit a large number of food intolerances comes from consumers and with such a large choice in the market, guests no longer have to feel they are a burden to their hosts and be apologetic about their intolerances.

Adjusting recipes to make them suitable for everyone is much easier than making special dishes to cater for individual requirements. These Christmas recipes are free from lactose and gluten and are sweetened with unrefined sugars in reduced quantity.

Photos: George Aquilina, CJ Baldacchino
Photos: George Aquilina, CJ Baldacchino

Christmas Cake with olive oil

You will need:
500g dried fruit (mix of currants, raisins, sultanas)
250g ground almonds or almond flour
50g nuts of your choice (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts)
50g cherries
2 apples
200g dates
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp apple organic vinegar
Grated zest of an orange
3 tbsp olive oil
4 eggs
50g flaked almonds to sprinkle on the surface before baking.
You will need a 20cm round cake tin

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Cover the cake tin with baking paper or brush the tin lightly with olive oil.

Peel and grate the apples and keep aside.

Place the eggs, grated orange zest, olive oil and apple organic vinegar in a large bowl. Mix well with a fork until they are well blended. Add the grated apples and mix again.

Chop the dates into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the ground almonds, nuts, cherries, spices and vanilla and finally the bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Toss the mixture so that it is consistent and all the fruit and nuts are well coated.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Use a large metal spoon to fold in the mixture gently until it is consistent; do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake dish.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Check the cake after 50 minutes of baking time as each oven is different.

Once the cake is cooked all the way through, remove from the oven and leave it to cool in the container.

Store the cake in an airtight container preferably in the fridge if you are keeping the cake for more than a few days as it contains no refined sugar that guarantees preservation.

Christmas 2016: How to make the best side dishes


Fig and chestnut stuffing

Sally Abé shares her recipe for fig and chestnut stuffing – a delicious alternative to traditional stuffing and the perfect accompaniment to roast turkey for Christmas, as well as chicken, pork or other roasts.

Growing up, the only stuffing served at Christmas in our house was Paxo sage and onion (just add boiling water). It wasn’t until many years later, when hosting Christmas myself, that I discovered how delicious it can be when made from scratch, and really easy too! The obvious choice of fruit to add is cranberry, but I feel that figs work even better and add a lovely sweetness to the chestnuts.

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I would also consider adding sausagemeat, but my long-suffering vegetarian mum deserves a chance to try this! You could use this stuffing to stuff your turkey but for me it’s all about the crispy bits on top of the tray.

100g butter
1 red onion, diced
100g button mushrooms, diced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
200g chestnuts, cooked and peeled
100g dried figs, chopped
250ml vegetable stock
100g fresh breadcrumbs
100g butter
Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with 25g of the butter and sweat down the onion and mushrooms with the thyme until softened but not coloured. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chestnuts and figs, cook for a further 5 minutes then add the stock and bring to the boil.

Melt the remaining butter and mix through the breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Add the chestnut mixture to the breadcrumbs and mix well. Grease a baking dish with butter and press in the mixture – the mixture should be about 2cm deep, I used a 20 x 30cm dish. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is lovely and crispy.

Spiced roast potatoes with coriander, cumin and black pepper

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Italian Christmas Cake Recipe

Italian Christmas Cake Recipe that you have dreaming for. Ever tried to make a Christmas tree for dessert during the festive season? This is the no fuss, no bake Italian Christmas Cake recipe filled with creamy Italian custard and topped with fresh fruit that will WOW your guests and make the perfect centrepiece on your dessert table.

Watch the Pandoro Farcito (Italian Christmas Cake) video recipe:

“The key ingredient for this Christmas Cake is Pandoro, a moist, star-shaped cake traditionally enjoyed by Italians at Christmas time. The name is derived from the Italian words “Pan d’oro” which mean golden bread! It took a century to perfect the Veronese recipe from when it was first developed and the number one brand in Italy is Bauli. Thanks to Basile imports, I have created a mouth-watering recipe using Bauli Pandoro for you and your family to enjoy – and it’s also a pretty instagrammable one too!” Vincenzo’s Plate.

pandoro farcito

1 x Bauli Pandoro (750g)

Italian Custard
8 egg yolks
400g sugar
100g flour
2-3 slices of lemon rind
Cinnamon stick
Vanilla bean (stick)

To Decorate
Mint leaves
Sachet of Bauli Icing sugar (it comes with the Pandoro!)

2 x medium size mixing bowls
1 x medium size saucepan
1 x sieve
1 x whisk
1 x piping bag
Large offset spatula
1 x long sharp knife


To Make the Italian Custard
1. Add 400g sugar to a mixing bowl and sift in 100g plain flour.
2. Transfer this into a medium size saucepan and put it on a stove at a low-medium temperature.
3. Add 1L of fresh milk and 8 egg yolks and stir to combine using a whisk.
4. Drop in a few strips of lemon rind, a cinnamon stick and a vanilla bean.
5. Stir gently and continuously while on heat for 5-10 minutes or until you see it start to thicken and form. Remove from heat.