In love with chocolate
Baking, Chocolate

In Love with Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate says “I LOVE YOU” so much better than words, so the best way to spoil your love this Valentine’s Day , is with a delectable chocolate surprise.   Chocolate is a complex material which apparently possesses various compounds which act on the brain, producing a sense of delight , not unlike the feeling of love. This idea really appeals to me, from now onwards I can banish all feelings of guilt when I eat chocolate, instead I can blame my brain for resorting to thoughts of love. Continue Reading

Gluten free bread
Baking, Gluten-free

Gluten Free and Vegan Nut and Seed Loaf

I know you are most probably saying “A gluten free and Vegan loaf of bread, that actually tastes delicious?” It does sound too good to be true, but believe me there is one out there and its the genius of the very talented Sarah Britton, the Holistic Nutritionist, from My New Roots , who describes it as “The life changing loaf of bread”.

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Yogurt crunch with mixed berries
Breakfast, Healthy

Mixed Berry Yogurt Crunch

So you have traded in your holiday destinations for the office or your daily grind, and while getting back into your routine, I am sure you are working hard on your New Year’s resolutions, or should I say goals.  Although it is unlikely, but not impossible, to reach all your goals this year it is still important to have them.  It keeps you motivated and gives you direction, even if its for a short while at the start of the year. Continue Reading

Cranberry and Turkish delight cocktail

Kick back with a Cranberry and Turkish Delight Cocktail

The year is coming to an end and Christmas Day is a heartbeat away, so its time to kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.  In my case with a well deserved delicious Cranberry and Turkish Delight Cocktail .  Here in South Africa, Christmas means lazing in the Summer sun sipping cocktails,  it means eating lunch with a cocktail in hand, and it means long balmy dinners preceded by cocktails.  So all in all, there are a lot of cocktails to drink, and believe me, I have had my fair share of them.

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Nuts for Christmas

Going Nuts for Christmas

A perfect snack with festive drinks. Why choose between sweet or salty nuts when you can have them both, with the added bonus of delicious  spices.  This Christmas Nut Mix brings all of these flavours together in perfect harmony, and you can make them in 15 minutes or less. Continue Reading

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Baking, Chocolate

Must bake Easy Christmas Crinkle Cookies

These decadent chocolate crinkle cookies look like a festive chocolate brownie with a coating of  fine powdered snow.  This is one cookie you must bake this Christmas, believe me you will be thanking me….. unless you are on a crazy diet, which nobody should be considering at this time of the year.  They are beautifully soft on the inside and chewy on the outside, will more than satisfy the chocolate craving, and best of all taste insanely delicious. Continue Reading

Simple Christmas Cake

One simple Christmas Cake anyone can make

When I tell you this Christmas cake is simple to make, I mean super duper simple.  It takes minutes to put together, doesn’t need to be made in advance or soaked in brandy, and is deliciously soft and moist. You can make this Christmas Cake the day you need it, and can serve it for afternoon tea.  It doesn’t need any cover ups of marzipan, fondant icing or any fancy topping.

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Shades of Cinnamon is going Naked this Christmas

 There will be no cover ups, fancy toppings or complicated recipes for our Christmas baking this year.  It’s going to be “Ah Natural” with quick, simple and delicious Christmas bakes and tantalising treats, stripped to their basics, making this your easiest Christmas ever.    Continue Reading

Holiday baking
Baking, Healthy

Healthy Bakes for Summer Snacking

We all know summer brings with it the desire to keep fit and healthy – but making healthy snack choices isn’t always easy. With this in mind, Snowflake has rounded up some great healthy snack solutions.  From healthy nuts and seeds to going light on sugar, snacking on homemade bakes means you can still indulge without sacrificing texture and flavour. Continue Reading