What will be hitting the food fashion plates for 2018? I thought it fitting at the beginning of the year to start off with what the experts are predicting. Every year, like fashion, food has its fads which inevitably affect the way we think and see our food. Whether it is determined by environmental awareness, different cultural food, or just unique ingredients in a recipe, we are all looking for cleaner, healthier and interesting changes that will excite our senses.
If you are planning a party this festive season, make sure you cater for everyone , vegetarian, seafood lovers, meat and chicken eaters, and of course those of you addicted to delicious desserts and cakes. This is my “Best Ever” collection of Christmas Food and Drinks created by amazing Chefs and cooks from around the globe. Have yourselves a fabulous food filled Christmas.
The sweet smell of cinnamon, mixed spice and ginger are such a perfect complement to this vanilla butter cake. I love to make vanilla cakes, as the choice of frosting is endless and this beautiful chai spiced frosting is not only reminiscent of the festive season, but it enhances and improves the overall taste of this simple butter cake.
Meringues are such a deceptive dessert on so many levels, they seem so simple to make yet with their delicate crisp exterior you never know if you will be getting a gorgeous gooey centre or one that is dry. There are so many things that need to work together to get them to be just right. I personally love them to have a slightly chewy centre, and its still a bit of a guessing game for me as to how they turn out, but this is the recipe which I have found works the best for my taste.
These elegant Dark Chocolate Ganache Tartlets are my new “go to” for a luxury dessert that looks fabulous, yet is pretty easy to make. Once you have mastered a pastry crust, the rest is simple. I have chosen to top mine with Sea Salt Flakes which work so well with the dark chocolate. The tartlets can be filled with custard or pastry cream and topped with fruit or meringues as an alternate.
Life is a series of choices, and the ones we make decide our future. Some are good and some are bad and the same applies to our food choices. “We are what we eat” is true, and it is a scientifically proven fact the our food choices affect our health, our bodies and our mind. Sometimes we have to resist that urge to stuff our mouths with decadent chocolate brownies and sumptuous sugar laden desserts that we all love so much.
Every spring, Mother Nature gives herself a new life. Flowers and trees burst into colour and with each new leaf and flower comes the hope of new beginnings and the chance to start afresh. Have you ever given some time to contemplate how amazing Mother Nature is? We wake up one morning to the sounds of birdsong and look out the window and notice everything seems brighter and greener, but then turn back and with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives forget that moment, and the beauty that surrounds us. Nature begins anew in the Spring. How about you? Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to do the same and start afresh?