Simply Delicious a cookbook by Zola Nene

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)

Decadent White Chocolate Truffles

About the book :

Simply Delicious is Zola’s incredible life journey and her culinary career told through beautiful mouthwatering recipes.  Her food philosophy is a simple one – she believes cooking is for everyone and this book has easy-to-follow instructions that anyone can reproduce.

 Praise for Simply Delicious:

‘We love everything about Zola, and her beautiful cookery book – which caters for any level of expertise – doesn’t disappoint.’ – Good Housekeeping

‘You’ll find lots of inspiration in these pages and plenty of old favourites that have been given a new spin….Her [Zola] passion for her craft shines through on every page, making this a gem of a cookbook.’ – YOU”

‘Easy-to-follow recipes for delicious meals.’ – Sowetan

Zola Nene simply delicious

About the Author :

Zola Nene is South Africa’s resident chef on Expresso Morning Show on television’s SABC 3 channel.

She has worked in the UK as a commis entremetier, chef de partie and patissier.  On her return to South Africa she studied at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch where she worked with  Margot Janse of LQF and  Chris Erasmus of Pierneef at la Motte.  She was appointed catering manager for a large catering company in Johannesburg and in 210  returned to Cape Town for the job of foodstylist for SABC 3 before becoming their resident chef.



About the recipes:

Zola leads us through her recipes with Nostalgic nibbles from her childhood , her favourite meals during her Scholar Days, Travel Inspired eats from her years as a chef in the UK as well as  tricks of the trade.  Some of her South African recipes have a delightful twist – Mealie Pot Breads with Curry Butter, Amagwinya , Pap Lasagne and a Milk Tart Swiss Roll, to name a few. There are plenty of no fuss easy to make meat, fish and chicken recipes , as well as a chapter on more challenging recipes.  My personal favourite sweet treats in this book are Honeycomb Cream Pancakes, Parmesan Shortbread, Blueberry Ripple Baked Cheesecake, Chocolate Amarula Tart, and Decadent White Chocolate Truffles.

 The book is full of beautiful images with anecdotes from Zola about the inspiration behind each recipe, and will be a fabulous addition to your kitchen.


Zola has kindly shared this Decadent White Chocolate Truffle recipe with us.


Photographs © Penguin Random House South Africa (Pty) Ltd / Dawie Verwey

Where to get it :

Zola Nene - Shades of cinnamon

Author:  Zola Nene

Title :  Simply Delicious

ISBN : 9781432304874

Available at all good bookstores in South Africa

On line at :  and Exclusive Books

Also available on Kindle at

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Penguin Random House)


Decadent White Chocolate Truffles
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 20
I must have rolled thousands of dark chocolate truffles for restaurant guests to have with their coffee after dinner, and I would sometimes treat myself to a truffle or two after a long dinner service. Nowadays I prefer white chocolate, so I’ve tweaked the recipe to include white chocolate.
  • 400 g white chocolate, chopped
  • 50 g butter
  • 125 ml cream
  • 100 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 30 ml Maldon sea salt
  • 5 ml dried chilli flakes
  1. Combine the white chocolate, butter and cream in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  3. Refrigerate until set.
  4. When set, roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place them on a baking tray.
  5. Refrigerate once more until set.
  6. When the truffles are ready, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  7. Dip the set truffles into the dark chocolate, place them back on the baking tray and sprinkle some with a pinch of sea salt and others with a few chilli flakes. Leave to set completely in the fridge before serving.




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  • Reply Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    this is still sitting on my table for me to get to! Lovely review Ev 🙂

  • Reply Sugar et al. August 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Sounds like an amazing book! The white chocolate truffles look incredible.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM

      Yes these truffles are great Sonali – I love the local talent we have here in South Africa . xxx

  • Reply Teresa August 11, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    I can’t stop staring at those truffles, they look amazing!

  • Reply ratna August 12, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    It sure is decadent! I also like her philosophy ” cooking is for everyone”…

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 12, 2016 at 11:26 PM

      It sure is for everyone, and I love how it brings people together. Big hugs

  • Reply Aneeqah | From My Fingertips August 22, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    I really need to get a copy of this book. Sounds wonderful.
    I happened to meet Zola just last week at a coffee even and she’s really lovely.

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