Cape Town food stylist – Nelleke Elston

Quick Buttercream Icing

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Baking | 0 comments

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!


Pear and Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Baking, Cakes | 0 comments


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 mid-night, activity. Sometimes I just so enjoy the quiet after a long day with my little one, that I simply can’t switch off and just savour the moment…


Easy Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Salads, Summer food, Tarts, Vegetables, Vegetarian Dishes | 0 comments

Friends at outdoor party
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!


Mixed Cheese Tortellini with Red Pepper Pesto

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Pasta, Summer food, Vegetarian Dishes | 0 comments

Pasta meal of delicious ravioli in a bowl

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!


Panzanella Salad

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Salads, Summer food | 1 comment

Tomato arrangement

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!