Banh Chung Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes

Banh Chung - Vietnamese steamed rice cakes

Here at Arousing Appetites we can think of no better way of bringing in the lunar new year than hitting the kitchen. This week, our taste buds turn to Vietnam’s new year specialty: banh chung, the square-shaped rice cake parcels filled with mung beans and pork. Têt – short for Têt Nguyen Dan – is … Read more

Saint Lucia Buns Swedish Saffron

Saint Lucia Buns Swedish Saffron

Saint Lucia buns are Sweden’s answer to the mid-winter blues. Spiced with saffron and curled into a distinctively feline S-shape, consumption of lussekatter (literally, Lucy’s cats) peaks around 13th December, which is the day of the festival of Saint Lucia and the start of the run-up to Christmas. The poet John Donne might have said … Read more

Speculaas Spicy Seasonal Dutch Cookies

Speculaas spicy seasonal dutch cookies

December 6th is Saint Nicholas’ day, in the run up to which kitchens all over the Netherlands will be humming with the smell of baking speculaas cookies. Speculaas – known as speculoos in France and Belgium and spekulatius in Germany – are a kind of softer gingerbread biscuit bursting with spices and topped with almonds … Read more

Scottish Steak Pie Ale Hogmanay New Years

Scottish Steak Pie Ale

For most countries, the apex of the holiday season circles around the mid-December timeframe. With “big hitter” holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah (and even those like shab-e-yalda), much of the festive cheer is expended before New Year’s Eve. The Scots, however, approach things a little differently. Their celebration of Hogmanay trumps everything else, and foods like steak … Read more

Chocolate Filled Croissant – Easy Jewish Pastries Recipe (Rugelach)

These little delights are called Rugelach, a traditional Jewish croissant pastry often served during Hanukkah. The dough makes a great vehicle for any number of fillings, but we opted to fill our rugelach with chocolate, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon.

Chocolate filled croissant from scratch – traditional Jewish pastries (rugelach). This recipes uses coconut sugar, chocolate chips, butter, and cream cheese. YUMMMM