French Onion Soup

I’m lucky enough to be in France this week, enjoying the snow and the delicious comfort food that the Savoie region has to offer in winter. Yesterday I had the most delicious French Onion soup at a little cafe on the slopes, and it inspired me to share my own tried and tested recipe. This…

Christmas Turkey

There are several ways to ensure you don’t serve up a dried out turkey on Christmas day and a large part of that is making sure you don’t dry out the white (turkey breast) meat. I do this in two ways, and the first step is to soak your turkey in a spicy brine bath,…

Nutty Meringue Chocolate Brownies

I made these delicious meringue-like brownies yesterday and there’s barely a morsel left. This recipe is dead easy – whipped up all together in a food processor. Too good not to share! Compliments of my lovely friend Sue and thanks to many happy Champagne Tuesdays. Here’s what goes in 4 eggs a pinch of salt…

Cake Pops

Bite-sized, chocolate smothered balls of delicious, moist cake. What could be better? Cake pops are a great way to serve your cake – plate-free, mess-free and fuss-free! Since these can also be frozen, you can just pull out as many or as few as you need at a time. Here’s what goes in For the…

Turkish Delight Ice-Cream

With summer in full swing in Joburg, and lots of time on my hands to play around in the kitchen, my ice-cream experiments are continuing. Today’s recipe share is my absolute favourite, this Turkish Delight ice-cream which I can’t get enough of! If you’re a fan of this gorgeous, rose flavoured Middle Eastern confection, then…

Potato and Leek Soup

The rainy weather in Joburg this week has made us all feel like a bit of comfort food. With leeks in season right now, why not try this warm Vichyssoise! Here’s what goes in 4-5 medium-sized leeks, finely sliced 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 tablespoons of butter Salt to taste 600ml vegetable stock…

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…