Tiramisu

Tiramisu – which literally means “pick me up” – is a traditional Italian dessert incorporating layers of finger biscuits, mascarpone cheese, Zabaglione (light Italian custard), cocoa and coffee. I’m not much of a coffee drinker myself, but while the world is celebrating International Coffee Day, I can’t think of a better way to get in…

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is so commonplace, you see it everywhere. But not all carrot cakes are created equal. What separates the truly exceptional from the mediocre is the moistness and luxuriousness of the cake. Every time I bake this cake, I make sure I use quality ingredients and give it my undivided attention, so as to…

Heritage Day Bobotie!

Happy Heritage Day South Africa! This is a great way to show our traditional South African flavours off in a bite sized party snack. They’re easy to make, beautiful on presentation and conveniently, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them until you want to bake them. I recommend making the whole batch…

Tips for Spring

Spring – a time to entertain! Spring has always inspired me to entertain. A table outside in the fresh green garden and warm breeze amongst the smell of blossoms and jasmine, is always so inviting. In Johannesburg, this only comes a bit later in spring so it gives me plenty of time to find inspiration…

French Onion Soup

With freezing cold fronts hitting many parts of the country this week, winter certainly doesn’t seem to be coming to an end just yet. And so we continue to make soup! This French Onion soup recipe was one that I happened upon when I bought my first French cookbook, really out of curiosity. I had…

Coq au Vin

Serves 6 The French celebrated Bastille Day this week and that, combined with the cold weather, seemed like a very good reason to make coq au vin! Recipes that I have encountered for this hearty French casserole require the entire chicken, chopped up, to be immersed in the pot of wine. I prefer to use…

Boerewors (or Chorizo) Shakshuka

This Sunday is Father’s Day! If food is your love language and you’re able to be with your dad, I have some recipe ideas for you – starting with this great breakfast. While traditionally Middle Eastern in origin, this version has some South African flair to spoil Dad. This recipe needs some time to cook…

Lamb Curry

Father’s Day in SA happens in the middle of winter, and since it’s particularly cold this week, you might want to cook something that will heat up the kitchen! Look no further than this delicious lamb curry. Apart from needing a few extra spices, (so you may need to source those now if you don’t…

Chocolate Bourbon Mud Cake

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! If you’re looking to spoil your dad with some decadence today, try this delicious mud cake- with rich chocolate and a splash of bourbon! Here’s what goes in 250g of butter 100g of dark chocolate 100g of milk chocolate 1 cup of brown sugar 1 cup…

Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Cake

This is for the ice-cream lovers! Sweet and zesty at the same time, this is a delicious dessert that always hits the spot. It requires a little extra time because there are three layers to make and you need to allow enough time for it to chill before you serve it. Here’s what goes in:…