Chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate ganache

Ottolenghi chocolate cake.

 

Helloo there. Welcome to March (say whaat?!) and my first blog post for the month. It’s a rather celebratory post and this recipe is inspired by one of my personal foodie icons, Yotam Ottolenghi. This easy chocolate cake recipe is adapted very slightly from one that appears in his book “Sweet” (co-written with Helen Goh) and the reason for this cake post is that this week Cupcakes and Couscous celebrates its fifth anniversary!

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Coconut Thai curry with chickpeas (vegan)

Thai vegetable curry with butternut

 

A few posts back I mentioned a fantastic new recipe book I had bought for myself. “Deliciously Ella” by Ella Woodward is a must have for your collection if you are following a vegan diet or simply looking for more plant-based inspiration when it comes to your meals. The book is filled with tons of tasty ideas and her recipes are simple and easy to follow  Although I have only had a chance to try a handful of her recipes this simple vegan Thai curry with chickpeas is definitely my favourite so far!

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Coconut and pistachio chocolate bark

Chocolate bark recipe with nuts and coconut.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day foodies! Whether you love this holiday or are not such a fan today’s chocolatey recipe is the perfect thing to make to spoil your partner… or yourself. This easy triple chocolate bark with pistachios and toasted coconut is quick to make which also makes it an ideal last minute homemade gift for your special someone.

 

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Chocolate cheese tart with dark chocolate ganache

Baked chocolate tart

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)

 

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Spinach and feta empanadas with red pepper sauce

Spinach empanadas with roasted red pepper sauce

 

Capetonians will be pleased to read that this post has nothing to do with the water crisis… argh, I said it! We are all a little bit obsessed right now you see, (one’s Facebook feed is enough to induce a severe case of hysteria!), and in uncertain times like these we could all do with a little comfort food. Like a golden pastry pocket that fits snugly in your hand, filled with a delicious cheesy spinach stuffing and dipped in a warming roasted red pepper sauce. I’ll take one! Or three…

 

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Saffron and almond ice cream sandwiches

Vanilla and saffron ice cream sandwiches

 

We have been having plenty of ice cream weather this month, and what better time of the year to enjoy some delicious home made ice cream sandwiches. This recipe is taken from the book “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, you may remember me mentioning it in a post a few weeks ago. This book is a must have for anyone who loves their baking and/or treats as it is filled to the brim with recipes for fabulous cakes, desserts, cookies and pies to name a few. There is also an entire chapter devoted to cheesecakes, what’s not to love?!

 

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Easy banana chai muffins (refined sugar free)

Spiced banana muffins with walnuts

 

For most parents it was back to school today and that means having to think about lunch boxes again. I still have a couple of days to go before my littlies go back and I am already dreading them! So today’s recipe for sugar free banana muffins will hopefully provide a little inspiration and be something that the kiddies (and you!) will enjoy as a school or afternoon snack.

 

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Date caramel and chocolate pots

Date caramel

 

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 to get back into the swing of things and it really feels as though we have hit the ground running this week hasn’t it? (My inbox alone can attest to that.) I have got a good feeling about this year…2018 – I am ready for you!

 

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