Creme Brulee
Dessert

Crème Brûlée a Classic Dessert

Crème Brûlée is a classic dessert that never disappoints, and is one of my favourite old recipes that has stood the test of time.  It’s a symphony of sweet, creamy perfection and a great dessert for entertaining as it needs to be made ahead of time.   It can keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, and at the last minute, just a sprinkling of sugar to caramelize will seal the deal. Continue Reading

8 World Markets
Lily Donaldson, Markets

A gourmet Trip around the World

For keen gourmets and home chefs alike, one of the best ways to really get to know a new country, is by immersing oneself in its culinary tradition. While gourmet dining in fancy restaurants is one good way of discovering tried-and-tested recipes presented in a contemporary fashion, so, too, is heading for the source of it all: the market. Continue Reading

baby shower cake
Baking

Baby Shower Cake

I felt so privileged to be asked to make a baby shower cake for Kim who is expecting her first little one in a few weeks time. Kim’s love for the African bushveld inspired me to make this elephant cake topper as a reminder of a special time in her life. Her baby shower in Durban was a fun filled afternoon, with her special friends and family, who showered her with the most beautiful gifts of love for her precious new arrival.  Continue Reading

40 Inspirational Easter Ideas
Inspiration, photo-life

40 Inspirational Easter Ideas

It is only a few weeks until Easter so lets get those creative juices flowing with beautiful Black and White themes, rustic Easter settings, original flower arrangements, and Vintage French eggs. Here are 40 of my favourite  Inspirational Easter Ideas, which I have linked up for you to enjoy.  And make sure you have a look at the beautiful children’s ideas by some amazing creatives. Continue Reading

60 sugarpaste Flowers
Baking

60 Sugarpaste Flowers

60 small sugar paste flowers on a towering layer cake can only mean one thing –  this is a special occasion.

This birthday cake was made for a very special friend who I have known for a lifetime. We travelled Europe together when we left school, shared secrets, dreams, more gin and tonics than I care to mention, and we laughed and cried together.  We married boys who were also friends, had our babies at the same time, and although for many years we lived in different cities, we were always in touch, and finally ended up living in the same town once again. As we grow older, we realise it becomes less important to have more friends, and more important to have real ones. Continue Reading

Pavlova roulade with berries
Baking, Fruit

Pavlova Roulade with berries

Enjoy this very special dessert of a Pavlova Roulade with berries. My friend Noels is an amazing cook, and I begged her to share her delicious pavlova roll with us, but unfortunately on the day we had planned to cook, she was not well. The ingredients were bought, and not wanting my beautiful berries and cream to go to waste, I decided to make it anyway.  She assured me it was easy, and she was right, although it looks like it could be hard to roll a pavlova, if you follow the simple rules it will be perfect every time.

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Shades of CInnamon
photo-life

Looking back and moving forward

I am so happy to introduce you to the new look Shades of Cinnamon .  Looking back on how its progressed and moving forward to a new cleaner, more responsive theme, is so exciting.  A big thank you to Shaun and his talented creative team at BPC for all your hard work.

We eat with our eyes, so for me, my blog’s photography is the most important aspect. Continue Reading