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  • Lemon shortbread cookies

    Lemon Shortbread Cookies

    These light buttery lemon shortbread rounds are perfect to serve with tea or coffee.  Don’t be fooled by their simplicity, as they have a wonderful lemon tang to them, and sometimes that…

  • Thai Spiced Butternut Soup

    Winter has suddenly arrived here in South Africa, and what better way to keep warm than with this Spiced Thai Butternut Soup.  Colds and Flu abound and the warming goodness of ginger…

  • Chicken Tarragon Tart

    Chicken and Tarragon Tart

    Photo: From Pastry by Richard Bertinet This beautiful tart with creamy, soft filling is from the french “Pastry” cookbook by Richard Bertinet.  The book is an amazing reference for anyone wanting to…

  • Vanilla and Chocolate Cheesecake

    Brûlée Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake

    Making a sugary crust on the top of this silky smooth cheesecake is like placing the cherry on top of a cake.  It finishes it off and adds a perfect crunch to…

  • Mini Layered Chocolate Cake

    My favourite cakes to make are Mini Layered ones.  The ingredients that are required are minimal, and they are so cute and stand as high as they are round.  The slices are…

  • Edible flowers trending for 2018

    Edible Flowers

    Micro greens have for a long time been the flourish that chefs and foodies have used to make an ordinary dish look more appealing.   This year however, an extra panache will be added…

  • Christmas Food Roundup 2017

    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…

  • Vanilla cake with chai buttercream

    Vanilla Butter Cake with Chai Spiced Frosting

    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…

  • How to make meringues

    Meringue Kisses

    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…

  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Tartlets

    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…