Posts by Nelleke

Quick Buttercream Icing

Quick Buttercream Icing

This past weekend we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. Being a pastry chef and general foodie, I always feel the pressure to do something really amazing when it comes to the food at a party. I felt like I wanted her cake to be something special but also delicious to eat, after all this would be her first taste of cake! I love a challenge, so I searched Pinterest for days looking for something unique. A few years ago I made my brother’s wedding cake and my sister-in-law asked me to make a ruffle buttercream piped effect on the outside. I remember thinking I love a...

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Pear and Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

Pear and Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

It’s that time of the year when it’s getting cooler and I think Autumn is sneaking up on us. I must say, I don’t mind. There’s something so magical about the falling leaves and the change of season, it’s the start of the time of year I crave more rich flavours, like this cake. These days my life is all about making things more simple. Before I was a mum, I couldn’t have imagined the way my multi-tasking skills would be put to the test on a daily basis. So, like a few other things in my life, baking has become something of a luxury, me-time, often...

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Easy Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Easy Summer Outdoor Entertaining

How fitting that it’s one of the most gorgeous summer days today… Possibly it’s more noticeable because it’s that time of summer when you realise that the days are getting a little cooler and you’d better appreciate every sunny, wind-free day you’ve got! This brought me to the thought of outdoor entertaining, something I personally think I’ve got down to a fine-art. I can honestly say that I am at my happiest when I’ve got a glass of chilled white wine in my hand and I am sitting around a huge table with friends and family eating in a relaxed,...

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Mixed Cheese Tortellini with Red Pepper Pesto

Mixed Cheese Tortellini with Red Pepper Pesto

It’s almost the weekend and seeing as I’m on a roll posting more regularly, I’d love to share this beautiful recipe with you. I’m not usually very big on Valentines day, but what I do love is make my hubby a special meal. This dish is guaranteed to be a show-stopper. What’s more romantic than putting so much love into a dish and making your own hand-filled tortellini! So, on that note. Here is a basic pasta recipe that I often make in my food processor, but it’s just as easy to make by hand. Enjoy! Basic Pasta Recipe: (Serves 4-6 people) 500 g strong white...

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Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

The reason I love this salad is that it’s simple to make and it consists of some of my favourite ingredients… Fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, capers, red onion – how can theses delicious flavours not create something awe-inspiring together! I thought I’d share the story of my first taste of buffalo mozzarella, the real thing. When I was living in Dublin, working long night shifts in a French bakery, I lived with a young Italian woman (I thought that was the best way to describe her). She was everything you’d expect an Italian woman to be: confident,...

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