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Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts, Recipes / 01.10.2020

Let me tell you a little bit about Zola Nene. Not only is she an extremely talented chef, TV show host and cookbook author, she is also one of the friendliest and bubbliest people I have ever met! To add to her incredible achievements, recently Zola featured on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted where she teaches the multi-Michelin starred chef how to cook authentic Zulu cuisine!A few weeks ago I bought Zola's second book - Simply Zola. It is absolutely packed with a wide range of delicious, approachable recipes. The chapter that really caught my eye (apart from the desserts, of course)...

Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 18.09.2020

Sponsored. Mille feuille literally means "a thousand leaves" and refers to all the paper-thin layers formed by the puff pastry in this classic French dessert. Although it may look intimidating, a mille feuille is actually not difficult to make. Nine times out of ten I will use shop-bought puff pastry, but when I have a bit of time on my hands, I find making my own really rewarding! So I have included both options here for you. Rough puff pastry is very similar to puff pastry in flavour and texture, but instead of using slabs of butter when folding, grated butter is used which...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 09.09.2020

I had some pomegranates leftover from a shoot recently and instead of a dessert, I decided to make something a little different - a cocktail! If you haven't tasted a pomegranate before, they have a sweet, slightly tart flavour similar to cranberries or even cherries. Although buying pomegranate juice will certainly save you some time, juicing a fresh pomegranate means you can reserve a few of the seeds/arils to garnish your drink (they look like little gems!). And that you get to enjoy the beautiful bold pink colour at its best.! When combined with rum, ginger ale and a...

Desserts, Recipes / 04.09.2020

When paging through my copy of Bibby's Kitchen - The essence of good food by Diane Bibby, the first recipe I wanted to try was an obvious one! I love the sophisticated simplicity of a perfectly made panna cotta, and I was intrigued to try the peppered sherry caramel sauce.The recipe did not disappoint! The panna cottas are deliciously rich with just the right amount of wobble, and the addition of roasted white chocolate is pure genius. A boozy hit of sherry, plus a little heat from the pepper tempers the sweet panna cottas perfectly.This book is an absolute must-have...