I have a very good friend who has worked in some of the best kitchens in SA as a pastry chef. Her resume is, needless to say, pretty impressive and when I had breakfast with her yesterday, I was telling her about my hassles with lemon tart and how it always ends up like lemony […]
I’ve made no secret that I am slightly obsessed with pastry. Anything wrapped in buttery pastry is my death and in particular, chicken pie. By the way, you wouldn’t know I love pastry that much when you look at the disastrous pastry I made yesterday (I posted the pic on my Instagram). Never mind that, though. […]
I’ve been on a pie-kick this Winter (well, actually all my life), and this one is by far my favourite. Tender, succulent lamb in a rich sauce flavoured with rosemary and sweet roasted garlic. I mean, is there anything better? Well yes, top that with a layer of crisp, buttery puff pastry and you have […]
Everyone needs an easy, impressive and drop-dead-delicious pastry recipe up their sleeve. Mine is the incredibly versatile frangipane tart which gets a different flavour added every time I make it. I’ve made it with nectarines and with raspberries and I fall in love with it more and more every time I make it. I made […]
There are few desserts/pastries that are sure to impress like a well-made Frangipane tart. I am beyond in love with the subtle almond flavour the Frangipane cream filling adds. Add some tart, juicy berries and a thin, crisp crust and you have pastry perfection. I’ve made Frangipane before but used Nectarines and although this […]
I love January in South Africa. It’s no secret that we have some of the World’s best fruit here and in January fruit is available in abundance. Stunning, juicy nectarines and peaches, sugar-sweet watermelon and the most delicious berries. I try to take full advantage of berry season and I buy copious amounts of […]
Is there anything more delicious than a fresh, ripe Nectarine? I just can’t get enough of them at the moment and try to eat them everyday (if my kids don’t finish them all before I get a chance to grab one). I’ve never really cooked with nectarines and wanted to do something quite special with […]
It’s the 1st of August. How is it the 1st of August already? I say it every year and every year I feel like it’s going faster and faster. I sometimes feel overwhelmed at how quickly the years seem to be flying past me. When I was in school I was SO excited when the […]
I have come to love (and I mean, REALLY love) Beef shin this Winter. The cut of meat that is usually used for soup (sop bene) in South Africa has become my absolute favourite thing to cook with. The Italians (of course) are one ahead of me here because they use shin (although Veal mostly) […]
I am a huge fan of the whole “Meatless Monday” movement. My family (especially the men other than my husband) are not. They believe that “Meat is meat and a man must eat” and that chicken is a side dish. My dad has started to come around to the idea and my husband went on […]
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