Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Chocolate Fudge Nut Pieces

Pieces of fudge with nuts and dark chocolate on a plate.


Such naughtiness on the blog today! I was in two minds about sharing this recipe which was inspired by a treat by Tessa Kiros from her book (and one of my favourites on the cookbook shelf) Apples for Jam. You see, when I tried the recipe it did not come out quite the way I had expected. For one thing the picture in her book shows a toffee square that is much darker and (from what I can see) firmer than what I ended up with. I have made this recipe a few times and I tend to end up with more of a fudgy, crystalline mixture. Still, no complaints about that and the family gave these chocolate fudge nut pieces a thumbs up for blog-worthiness, so who am I to argue. 


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Spiced Apple Pie with Creamy Caramel Custard


Apple pie with lattice crust


Spring has sprung, and in typical Cape Town fashion the weather has gotten itself all confused. It is getting lighter in the mornings (always a good sign), but you usually still need a jacket for the early mornings, short sleeves for when the sun is blazing at midday, and an umbrella on stand-by for any afternoon downpours. Basically you need to make like a scout and be prepared - for anything!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies


A plate of vanilla chocolate cookies drizzled with chocolate.


If you are a regular Cupcakes and Couscous reader then you: a.) are awesome and b.) will probably know that I love a good cookie recipe. These cookies came about when the recipe I was actually trying to make went slightly off track, but luckily in a good way! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Creamy Tomato Penne with Pesto


Quick pasta dishes


We love a good pasta dish in our house, and this is one of my go-to recipes for a quick and delicious week night meal. The sauce is ready in under thirty minutes and can even be made ahead of time and reheated. And I have to say it again - it is so tasty! 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Iced Cappuccino Crunch Brownies


Cappuccino brownie recipe


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 and Chevin Tarts


Sweet potato puff pastry 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


A triple layer vegan chocolate cake with nut brittle.


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.