Category: Xmas

This might be my Paula Deen moment. Not THAT moment but rather a deep frying cheesecake moment. I had to wonder if it is necessary to top a mince pie with meringue and the answer was yes, because it is Christmas! I do think these pies look exquisite and so festive. I used store bought fruit mince and my “go to” pastry from Tina Bester’s book Bake. It does not shrink down the sides of the tin and when you…

Leftovers has never tasted or looked this good! The intention was not to do something festive with leftovers but as I was making these pies it occurred to me that this will be the perfect recipe to make do with leftovers from the Xmas table. I was watching Bill Granger’s new cooking show a few weeks ago and he made a Moroccan version with olives and preserved lemon added to the chicken mixture. It looked so pretty and celebratory that I…

Also affectionately known as the “Get Me Out of Betty Ford Fruitcake” I am brave enough to say this cake is better than my mother’s and grandmother’s (on both sides) fruitcakes. I absolutely love fruitcake, could it eat all year long and have yet to buy a cake from a retailer that is really good. It is not a cheap cake to bake but for a little bit more than what you’d pay to buy a small cake I do…

Bill Granger is one of my favourite “celebrity chefs” and I was very lucky to see him in action at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town this weekend. He has a wonderful stage presence and was a delight to meet and have a quick chat with at the book signing after his demo. All his books and recipes are fresh, simple, not in the least pretentious and always have an air of “happy”. These Banana Sour Cream…

  Last weekend was the 2nd annual Cape Town Cookie Swap. I don’t really have favourite cookie recipes so take the opportunity to page through all my cookbooks and to choose a new recipe to make. Katie Caldesi wrote a wonderful Italian cookery book called The Italian Cookery Course. The book is beautiful, interesting, easy to understand and covers the Italian culinary map. I decided to make the Orange and Pistachio Cantuccini in the book and replaced the orange peel…

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