Mini chocolate bundt cakes
Baking, Chocolate

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes with Cherry Preserve

Whilst tidying my baking cupboard where I keep my stash of  baking pans, I came across my  beloved Bundt tins and trays.  And when I mean stash, I am not exaggerating.  One of my crazy obsessions is collecting baking trays, pans and vintage cutlery, along with every possible baking appliance on the planet.  Both old and new, each one has a special meaning to me.  So here is a little recipe to make in small bundt pans or as  cupcakes if you prefer. Continue Reading

BAKING 101 BY SHADES OF CINNAMON
Baking 101

Essential Guide to Baking 101

You’ve found your recipe,  donned your apron, and are ready to indulge in a morning of baking.  The beautifully photographed recipe in your new magazine or cookbook makes you confident that in mere moments your creation will be coming out of the oven, smelling and looking like the gourmet image in your book. But in reality we all know that is probably not going to happen. Before you rush into it, there are steps that have to be considered and followed to make your recipe a success and a keeper. Success in baking depends on precise measurements and proper handling of both ingredients and the tools required for each recipe.

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Yogurt Bavaroise with grapes and muesli
Breakfast

Yogurt Bavarois with Grapes


My reasons and joy for travelling are manyfold, and one of them being the inspiration that I get for new ideas and trends in the world of food.  For me there is nothing to beat the exhilarating feeling when experiencing new foods, smells and tastes during my travels.  It is no secret that my love for Italy is overflowing – I love her people, her language, the beautiful towns and cities steeped in history and most of all her food.  My bookshelf is filling up with Italian cookbooks,  which I have been drooling over and translating until well into the night.  This simple Yogurt Bavarois with grapes  or “Bavaresi allo yogurt cereali e uva“, is just one of the beautiful recipes I came across in Italy, and I couldn’t wait to recreate it when I got home.

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Pumpkin recipes
Savoury, Soups, Vegetarian

October is Pumpkin Month

As we experience the last cold weather here in South Africa before Summer arrives, it seemed appropriate to take advantage of the beautiful pumpkins that are filling our grocery shelves. Our normal limited choice of  traditional pumpkins has suddenly given way to pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and I couldn’t resist these little beauties. Pumpkins go hand in hand with the month of October, Halloween, and falling leaves,  and to mark these occasions for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, and for those of us in South Africa dressed in our Winter woolies,  here are two recipes to keep our hearts and tummies warm. Continue Reading

truffle-hunting-with-choco
Travel

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

It was a perfect day in Florence as Michelle and I headed out  into the Tuscan countryside, for truffle hunting,  and wine tasting .  Hilary, our vivacious guide and  sommelier extraordinaire, drove us in true Italian style, racing through the busy streets of the city, dodging scooters and tourists, and up the winding hills into the beautiful countryside. Lush green hills interlaced with vineyards, forests and olive groves sped past us as we made our way to San Miniato, a hillside village in the Arno Valley where we were to start our truffle hunting experience.

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Almond-Shortbread
Baking

15 Minute Almond Shortbread

I’ve been playing around with some flavourings and decided that a little hint of almond, subtle but distinct, would be just the thing for this easy shortbread. These are flaky and melt in your mouth delicious, so if you want a quick easy shortbread that takes 5 minutes to mix up and 10 minutes to cook, these babies are for you.   Although not made like traditional shortbread, I promise you it tastes just as delicious .  If almond isn’t your thing though, it is just as tasty with vanilla essence as a replacement. Continue Reading

5 Healthy Breakfasts we should be eating
Breakfast, Healthy

5 Healthy Breakfasts we should be eating

Purple means Plums, Blackberries, Blueberries, , Acai and all things good and healthy.  When you see these beautiful colourful fruits on your plate, you just know your meal is going to be overflowing with health and goodness.  Here are 5 tasty breakfast ideas from around the net to make your weekend as bright  as it should be.

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Muffins
Baking, Savoury

Roasted Pumpkin, Parmesan and Basil Muffins

I’ve always had a soft spot for muffins.  There are not too many that I would turn  my nose up to, in fact sweet or savoury, they press all the right buttons for me.  I always triple test my recipes before putting them up on the blog, but I have made these delicious Savoury Roasted Pumpkin, Parmesan and Basil Muffins more times than I can count.  They are absolutely delicious ,  try them,  you won’t be sorry.

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Simply Delicious a cookbook by Zola Nene
Book Review

Simply Delicious – Zola Nene

‘Food has always been a huge part of my life; important occasions were always marked with a feast of some sort…’ this book chronicles my food journey thus far – how it started and what has shaped me into the chef  I am today.’

Extracted from Simply Delicious by Zola Nene (Struik Lifestyle)

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Traditional South African Malva Pudding
Dessert

Malva Pudding – South African Dessert

This dessert says “South African” like no other and is comfort food at its very best.    Every  South African cook has a variation of this pudding in at least one of their cookbooks.   Overflowing with sweetness,  this apricot flavoured spongy cake-like dessert  is worth every single calorie.  And believe me, you will be going back for more.   It’s just one of those desserts that makes you throw caution to the wind and forget about those jeans that are already too tight.  Tomorrow is another day for dieting, unless of course there are left overs, because this amazing pudding is delicious heated up the next day too.

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