Happy New Year and hello 2018! I am happy to be back after a lovely break, it was great to have a change from the regular routine for a while. Now though, it’s time… More
Let’s talk desserts guys. More specifically, light summer desserts that would look great on your Christmas table. I do love traditional Christmas desserts, the rich puddings in all their fruity, custardy glory, but I know that these are not everyone’s favourites and not really suited to our hot South African Christmas. Enter the summer pear!
It’s December already and time to start thinking about what delicious things to make and eat these Christmas holidays! In our home we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit and my little ones especially look forward to lots of baking and treat making in the kitchen during their summer school holidays.
I have a special treat for you today as not only am I sharing a new recipe but we are also chatting to fabulous local foodie Sarah Graham! A born and bred Zimbabwean now living in Joburg Sarah started a food blog in 2010 which launched her into the food world’s limelight, but her foodie journey started long before that (more about that in the interview!).
A few years ago I watched a movie called “Chef”. It was about a, you guessed it, chef who quits his restaurant job and embarks on a journey across the U.S. in a food truck that he has fixed up, selling his food at various stops along the way. Since then it seems as though the food truck trend is continuing to explode, and it got me thinking about what it is that we find so appealing about them. Is it being able to watch your meal being created in front of you – or simply having a friendly chat with the person preparing it? With so many unique food offerings there is bound to be something for everyone, and what a pleasure to be able to try something new and support a small business at the same time. Bring it on I say!
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Christmas is just around the corner (yes, I said it) but no need to panic because I have teamed up with the foodies at Sasko to give two lucky readers the chance to WIN a baking hamper worth R1,000! The hampers are filled with all the goodies you need to whip up loads of delicious holiday treats for your loved ones these holidays, like these chai latte muffins with pistachio glaze or this chocolate and orange bread pudding, delish!
Today I am sharing a classic beef burger recipe you can really sink your teeth into, but before we get into that I wanted to share an eating out experience from the weekend. On Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary (yay!), so we dropped the kids off with their grandparents and headed out to Paarl for a day out at Spice Route.
The weather was gorgeous and we had the perfect table at Bertus Basson, under the shade of a huge oak tree and overlooking the vineyards. We received complimentary vetkoek with roasted pear and pecan nut butter on arrival which we enjoyed as we looked over the menu. I had a starter of chicken liver parfait with toasted bread and onion marmalade while hubby enjoyed the beef samosas. For mains I had fish and chips (huge portion size but very tasty) and my husband had the lamb bredie. It was all so tasty, beautifully presented and served with a smile – definitely one to try! After lunch we wandered through the estate to see what else was happening. The pizzeria and burger bars were buzzing, as was the CBC tasting room (we will definitely get to that next time!). Of course we could not leave without a visit to De Villiers Chocolate where we did a very cool chocolate tasting. Needless to say, after all that feasting we did not need any supper that night!
It’s no secret that I am a chocoholic, and chocolate recipes are always very popular with my lovely Cupcakes and Couscous readers. So I decided that I would round up fifteen of the best chocolate recipes all in one post, yum! I have included something chocolatey to suit everyone, whether you are avoiding refined sugar, vegan or up for a fully loaded, indulgent treat. (Don’t forget to let me know which is your fave!) Without further ado let’s jump in. Continue reading “Recipe round up: 15 chocolate recipes you need to try!”
Following on from our puff pastry theme from last week, these moreish savoury tartlets are incredibly easy to put together and totally delicious! Yet another way to use puff pastry and I am not ashamed to say that I always keep a roll of the ready made stuff in the freezer for quick snacks like this.