Christmas recipes
December 19, 2019 | 11:38 AM
by Oneza tabish



• 3 large potatoes, peeled, boiled and grated

• 2 cups zucchini, grated

• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

• Olive oil


• Place grated zucchini into the bowl with the potatoes and add season with salt.

• Mix well to combine.

• Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to form small cylinders/ tots ( about 1 tbps) with the mixture.

• Refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up.

• Brush the top of each tot with a small amount of olive oil.

• Bake tots until browned about 30 minutes flipping halfway. Serve with ketchup if desired.



• 1 kg mix of chicken thighs and drumsticks

• A mix of vegetables (like onions, garlic, carrots, zuchinni, potatoes and/or broccoli)

• Olive oil

• 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• Salt and pepper, to taste

• Fresh parsley, chopped

• Dried herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano)


• Heat the oven to 425°F.

• Wash and cut the preferrred vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

• Make a bed for the chicken pieces by arranging the vegetables on the bottom of a baking dish.

• Sprinkle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and herbs.

• Rub the chicken drumsticks and thighs with olive oil. Sprinkle the chicken pieces generously with salt and pepper and place on top of vegetables.

• Bake for an hour or until chicken is done. Let the chicken pieces rest on a serving platter.

• Mix vegetables in the baking dish and roast 5-10 minutes longer if needed.

• Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.



• 2 cups dark chocolate

• Water as required

• 2 cups crushed cornflakes


• To prepare this dessert recipe, take a heatproof bowl and add the dark chocolate to it.

• Next, take a large sized deep saucepan with water and place it on a high-medium flame.

• Place the chocolate bowl in between and stir gently until the chocolate completely melts.

• Once done, remove the bowl of chocolate from the flame and add the crushed cornflakes to it.

• Take a small amount of the mixture and give it a shape of small lemon sized balls. Do the same with the remaining mixture.

• Place the chocolate balls in the tray and transfer it to the refrigerator. Allow them to set for a few hours.

• Once set, remove the tray from the refrigerator and serve.



• 500 grams Mixed Dried Fruit

• 100 grams Dates de-seeded

• 100 grams Prunes de-seeded

• 150 grams Butter

• 5 tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda

• 1/3 cup Brown Sugar

• 2 Eggs

• 1/2 cup Marmalade

• 1/4 cup maple syrup

• 2 tsp Mixed Spice

• 1 tsp Cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

• 1 cup Plain Flour

• 1 cup Self Raising Flour


• Grease a microwave proof pudding bowl with little butter.

• In another microwave proof bowl, add the dried fruit, dates, prunes, butter and 1/2 cup of water.

• Microwave on high for two minutes or until butter has melted and the mixture is heated through.

• Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and leave aside to cool. Add the sugar, eggs, marmalade, spices and sifted flours to the dry fruit mixture and fold until combined.

• Pour into the greased pudding bowl and smoothen the top.

• Microwave on medium for 25 minutes. Gently pour the syrup on top.

• Stand for 15 minutes before carefully dishing out into a plate.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’

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