Black and white s’mores

Charcoal s'mores

A few months ago I was asked to develop a “black and white” recipe for a magazine feature, and here is the result… these monochromatic s’mores. I enjoyed experimenting with these treats and decided to make a digestive style cookie, adding charcoal to get the desired deep black colour. Just add a white marshmallow and a block of dark chocolate and you have a very grown up s’more!

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Custard and mince pie ice cream sandwiches

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Can I get a hooray for summer holidays? Sunshine, family time and of course delicious food are all on the menu for the next few weeks, and I can’t wait! Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge a little, and I was thrilled when Ultra Mel asked me to put together a festive recipe using their vanilla custard.

 

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No-churn milk tart ice cream

No churn milk tart ice cream recipe

 

As promised last week I have a divine dessert for you today and it is inspired by one of our favourite puddings here in S.A. Milk tart is a South African classic – a pastry shell filled with custard, baked and then topped with cinnamon. The only dessert my kids ever ask for these days though is ice cream, so I decided to play around and combine the two. The result – an easy no-churn ice cream with all the flavour of a milk tart, winning!

 

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Cheesy mielie and bacon bread

Mielie bread recipe with bacon and cheddar cheese.

 

Spring is in the air and with it the enticing aroma of braais (barbecues) being lit in back gardens all around the neighbourhood. Don’t you get serious lunch envy when you walk outside and smell someone else’s braai on the go, or is that just me?

No braai (in my humble opinion) is complete with some carbs in one form or another to accompany the main course, and sweetcorn bread makes a fantastic and easy side dish to pop on the table. I updated one of my old mielie bread recipes to include plenty of cheese, bacon bits and fresh herbs to up the flavour. Serve this easy, cheesy mielie and bacon bread warm from the oven with plenty of butter to enjoy alongside your braai feast.

 

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Bacon and cheese potato bake

Potato bake recipe with bacon and cheese.

 

It has been a long time since I made a good old potato bake, but I had a sudden craving a few weeks ago! So I grabbed my James Martin cookbook, scribbled down his recipe for dauphinois which I had been wanting to try and took it on our holiday to make for the fam on one of our braai evenings. Me being me I tweaked the recipe and added a few extra bits and pieces, and it tasted amazing! Potatoes, cream, two cheeses and bacon – I’m there! And making a dish that gets a thumbs up from the entire family is always a bonus.

 

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Two scrumptious side dishes: carrot salad and 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!

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Peppadew® hot wings with blue cheese dip

Seeing as we are in Heritage month with National Heritage Day, also popularly known as Braai Day, coming up on Thursday, I thought it would be appropriate to share a recipe that can be whipped up on the old barbie! These hot wings are perfect for spring and summer entertaining – enjoy them around the braai with friends, serve them up at your next party or munch on them while you cheer on the Springboks (she said optimistically)!

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