Gingerbread house

Now – the final of my one-post-per-day-till-Christmas session. I’ve been working on this on and off for the last few days. It’s the first time I’ve done it, and the kids helped. We did a pretty good job as far as I’m concerned, and I dare you to defy the family Walton. I was particularly disappointed…

White Christmas Fudge

This is the most basic of fudge, and has the added benefit of being egg-free. Like all my recipes it is very versatile – feel free to replace the flavours with your own. Ingredients 225g chocolate 100g sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/3 cup pistachios and dried cranberries (craisins) Instructions melt chocolate, stir…

Soft Chocolate Truffles

Yesterday I put up the recipe for my white chocolate truffles, and you may have realized that it is fairly flexible. This is a deviation, with whole hazelnuts, and without half a cup of dry ingredients stirred through, which makes the chocolate more like a fudge in texture. Ingredients: 250g milk chocolate 60ml cream dash…

Sticky Date Pudding

It’s always baffled me in this part of the world. Why is there a complete lack of sticky date pudding on menus here? It is one of the best desserts in the world, and we are living in the centre of all date production. It’s a travesty.  Recently, a bunch of fellow foodies and I…

No pain, no gain

I’ve always been more of a non-recipe cook. Don’t get me wrong – I love cookbooks, but after years of working in restaurants alongside chefs – some great, some mediocre, I have realized that once you develop some basic knowledge, and learn to trust your taste buds, anyone is capable of inventing a recipe (implementing…