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 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.  Continue Reading

Almond Butter Chocolates

Almond Butter Chocolates

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. Continue Reading

Donna Hay Chai cheesecake

Chai Spiced Cheesecakes

These Chai Spiced Cheesecakes are made with spices that depict the essence of the earth.  Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves form the heart of these Mixed Spice little beauties, with a ginger and almond base.  They are rich and comforting and a perfect side to eat with a steaming cup of coffee.
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No bake cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake

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? Continue Reading

Vegetable fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Looking for something different for  lunch or breakfast.  These vegetable fritters are the perfect solution.  Today I have paired them with avocado, cream cheese and smoked salmon, but there are so many other ways to eat them. Experiment with your favourite combinations.

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Muesli Breakfast Tart

Muesli Tart

Looking for something different for a special breakfast?  This Muesli Tart is a wonderful combination of a sweet pastry, breakfast muesli, and dried fruit soaked in rooibos tea and blended to form a delicious filling. It is great to serve with a homemade Rooibos Cream or Creme Fraiche at a Sunday brunch or as a sweet breakfast choice.

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Cheese and Chive Bread

Cheese and Chive Bread

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and it is even nicer when the smell is coming from your very own kitchen.  This Cheese and Chive bread requires no yeast and is made the farm style way using self raising flour instead.   Continue Reading

Hummus and Falafels

Falafels and Hummus

We all have our favourite “Falafel Man” who vends this delicious snack all over the world.  In any city in the world, if you see a queue in a food quarter, it will always be for falafels.  This deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, is traditionally a Middle Eastern food.  It is usually served in a pita or wrapped in a flatbread and served with a combination of pickled vegetables,  tomato and cucumber salsa, hummus and  tahini based sauces. Continue Reading

Citrus Sundaes

Citrus Marshmallow sundaes

We all know what a Sundae is, and I am sure we have all secretly had one at some stage in our lives even those of us who are now on the healthy no sugar road.   Call back the past my friends, and splash out with these untraditional Citrus Marshmallow Sundaes with a ginger biscuit base.   I’ve made it so easy that even the most challenged cooks can make them and impress.  Buy all the ingredients and layer them in three easy steps and you are good to go .

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