Baking

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red Wine Poached Pears

Red wine poached pears are such a classic. I’ve seen them paired with rare roast beef and this is my variation of that salad that I recently saw while flipping through an old Gourmet magazine… On sunny Winter days like today, I sometimes get a salad craving, but still want something hearty and filling for lunch. This is a seared pork fillet and red wine poached pear salad for an occasion just like that. There’s something so lovely about the texture of a soft poached pear in a salad. I love to use fruit in my cooking, I need no excuse to combine most things with it. Red wine...

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Birthday Celebrations

  I recently celebrated my 30th birthday at the Company’s Garden Restaurant in the beautiful Cape Town, city centre. I haven’t written too many posts directly referring to restaurants, but I had such an incredible experience there and love the food and decor so much, that it’s definitely worth a mention. My sister-in-law took these gorgeous pics of the party-happenings and I made my birthday cake (something that happens most years), afraid this is the lot of a pastry chef slash undercover cake critic… I thought I’d share some tips for this simple rosette...

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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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My Paris

My Paris

Long before my many hours working as a pastry chef and learning to make delicate French pastries, I started dreaming about going to Paris. I remember learning about the classic French cooking methods during my chef training and being so enchanted by their appreciation of cooking methods that have been in use for hundreds of years. Then, specializing as a pastry chef I learnt about their passion for only the best ingredients – Belgian dark chocolate, full fat farm butter, stone ground flour, Madagascan vanilla beans… And so I started dreaming about working in an authentic French...

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Bundt Cake with frozen berries

Bundt Cake with frozen berries

  So, this the brief add-on to a previous post on outdoor entertaining, to guarantee you a full-proof outdoor entertaining repertoire. The story of this cherished recipe is probably worth a mention… A few years ago, my husband and I were in a part of the country we don’t regularly explore, as we had flown there for a wedding. Without a car, but eager to explore the surrounding mountains, friends of ours told us about their old 4×4 car that was standing on an aunt’s farm and offered for us to use it. When we arrived on the beautiful sugarcane farm, the aunt...

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