This cake is amazing - so moist and full of orangey chocolately flavour. And it's gluten and dairy free, bonus. Ground almonds, loads of eggs and pureed whole oranges take this cake to another level; it works perfectly as a birthday cake with a smear of orange choc cream cheese frosting (obvs not dairy free) or as a fancy dinner party dessert with a whipped cream side. Very easy to make, just make sure you leave enough time to boil the oranges. If you've got a pressure cooker then this will take you no time at all. I've probably made it about 30 times, that's how good it is. Woodland animals optional.
If you're a big Masterchef geek then you may remember Thomasina Miers, the winner way back in 2005? Well, she's now a Mexican chef, restaurant chain chief for the brilliant Wahaca, and the author of this excellent book - Mexican Food Made Simple. This ain't your typical Mexican restaurant food - there's cheese but not every dish is smothered in the stuff; it's full of fresh flavours including the guacamole and mushroom quesadillas pictured above. Other recipes include some kickass salsas, margaritas, churros, burritos, enchiladas..the list goes on. It's the perfect gift for your fajita-loving friend. Every recipe I've made from it has been a winner.