Almond and chocolate macarons with Elmarie Berry

How to make almond macarons with chocolate ganache

 

What do you get when you put two foodies in a kitchen with some almonds, sugar and a macaron recipe? In this case it was tons of laughter, some exploding butter and a batch of  scrumptious almond and chocolate macarons!

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Taiwanese beef noodle soup

Spicy beef soup with egg noodles

 

Hello foodies! It’s great to be back after a little break last week and today I am excited to tell you about the latest addition to my cookbook collection. It is written by none other than one of our talented local food bloggers, Ming-Cheau Lin. Ming recently launched her first cookbook titled “Just Add Rice” and it is unlike any of the other books on my kitchen shelf, here’s why…

 

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Chocolate orange meringue pies

Orange meringue pie with a chocolate base.

 

It’s icy out there thanks to the deluge of snow the Cape has received over the last few days (so prettyyyyy!) but I am here to help with some gorgeous baked puddings served up in pleasing individual pie format, yay! Of the many cold weather comfort foods to look forward to at this time of the year home made pies are definitely in my Top 5. Plus you get major domestic god(dess) points for making them from scratch. If you are into savoury pies you might enjoy these creamy chicken and mushroom pot pies or these conveniently hand-sized spinach and feta empanadas. And for the dessert course look no further than these scrumptious mini chocolate orange meringue pies.

 

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Parmesan gnocchi in a creamy bacon and tomato sauce

Parmesan gnocchi with cornflour and tomato sauce

 

If you are on the hunt for your next warming winter dish then look no further than today’s recipe which is like a hug on a plate! Soft parmesan gnocchi covered in a gorgeous, rich tomato and basil sauce with a hint of chilli and plenty of bacon. This is next level comfort food!

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Lemon sponge cake (with video)

Classic Victoria sponge cake recipe with lemon.

 

Today’s blog post is dedicated to a classic bake, and can you get any more traditional than a good old Victoria sponge cake? Said to be named after Queen Victoria this regal cake is gorgeous in its simplicity. While I admire the multi-layered, brightly coloured, over the top cake creations all over my Instagram feed these days, you can still rely on the classics, like this easy lemon sponge cake, to be a crowd pleaser.

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Chocolate coconut squares (refined sugar free)

 

Sugar free chocolate coconut squares

 

Time for something that’s a little bit naughty but nice… the result of an afternoon spent experimenting in my kitchen. I was originally going for a double layered treat, but then I thought why stop at two? And that’s how these triple decker squares of chocolatey coconut yumminess (that also happen to be gluten and refined sugar free) came into existence. Now these no bake chocolate coconut squares are one of my new favourite things!

 

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Easy scone dough pizza

Pizza recipe with scone dough base

 

I have got something easy and fun for you today! We have a little tradition in our house called “Pizza Fridays”. It’s a treat to look forward to at the end of the school and work week and, depending on what is on the schedule that day, I tend to whip up a quick pizza for the kids to have for supper. Occasionally I will make a proper yeast dough and tomato sauce from scratch for the whole family to enjoy, but it is usually something I can put together pronto like this tortilla pizza or today’s recipe which uses scone dough as its base.

 

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Peanut and milk chocolate sandies

Peanut sandwich cookie recipe

 

Sometimes you just need some cookies in your life! Like last week. May has been the craziest month of the year so far for me and while I enjoy embracing the busy I realised that I have not had any time to do some leisurely baking for the family. So I decided it was high time I rectified that situation and grabbed my copy of “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh for some cookie inspiration!

 

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