Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Iced Cappuccino Crunch Brownies

Earlier this month I attended the Good Housekeeping Celebrity Bake Stars event at D'Aria in Durbanville. There were bubbles and nibbles and foodies galore, and the audience was treated to a demonstration by Zola Nene and Clement Pedro who shared loads of fun recipe tips and tricks.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

"Paddington thought for a moment. 'I think I'll start in the kitchen,' he said. 'I may make some pastry. Bears like pastry.' "

Excerpt from Paddington and the Busy Day - Michael Bond

I cannot make anything pastry related without thinking of good old Paddington Bear. At the age of one my daughter decided he was the best thing ever - so much so that he was the theme for her second birthday party. (You may remember these marmalade sandwich cookies from a while back.) Her younger brother, now almost two, has followed suit, and we would not dream of tucking him in at night without at least one Paddington adventure to send him off to sleep.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Vegan Chocolate Nut Brittle Cake

This is the first time that I am officially delving into the world of vegan cooking and if you are feeling the chocolate cravings on this post long weekend Wednesday-that-feels-like-a-Monday then this is just for you. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Sticky Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

Over the last year I have worked on some very interesting and fun campaigns, and I feel lucky to be able to do this from home. However, this work-from-home scenario is not without its challenges, chiefly in the form of two very busy (but adorable of course) and engaging little humans.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Almond & Apricot Thumb Cookies

This recipe takes me straight back to my childhood. Thumbs cookies were one of the first cookies I mastered on my own and there was many a Saturday afternoon when I proudly presented a batch to the family to be enjoyed with afternoon tea. I do not make them nearly as often these days but they are still a favourite and special because I associate them with happy memories of learning to bake. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Two scrumptious side dishes: Carrot Salad & Roasted Cauliflower

I am keeping it simple this week with two good all-year-round side dish recipes that I hope you will love as much as I do. And by simple I mean easy - these dishes may not require much effort but they are not at all lacking in the flavour department!

We are all still loving our cauliflower, not so? So when you are not chopping it into cauli rice or wizarding it into pizza this is a fabulous way to prepare it. I love cauliflower in all forms but there is something wonderful about the texture and flavour of cauliflower that has been roasted in the oven, rich and almost buttery. The first time I made this dish I just about ate half a tray on my own!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Restaurant review: Dash restaurant

It is not often that hubby and I get out on our own for a meal (the closest we get to a date night these days seems to be on school parent evenings, ouch!). So we were thrilled to be invited to Dash restaurant for an elegant meal, just the two of us.   

Dash is situated inside the Queen Victoria Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was the view of Table Mountain, and what a view it is! After a warm and friendly welcome we settled down at our table to peruse the three course set menu.