Chocolate Fondant

  I was surprised to see I haven’t posted a fondant recipe before as I have made it a couple of times! It must be one of my favourite desserts – gooey chocolate centred cakes served with lots of hot custard….whats not to love! It was Sam’s birthday yesterday so I made him a special dinner…

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Yoghurt & olive oil cake…with raspberries & pear

I have been wanting to bake a cake for a while. I suppose because I have always thought them to be quite intimidating for one and I do like a challenge, and also because I think they are quite beautiful and it appeals to my creative side. I have been putting it off, and I think…

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Melting Moments with Strawberry Buttercream

So I am not a mom yet but I will be soon:) I googled what it means to be a mom, and this was the first thing that came up: “TO HAVE A LOVE SO DEEP THAT NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND, UNLESS THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED IT. CARING MORE ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE’S NEEDS ABOVE YOURS, NO…

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Pineapple & passion fridge tart

This was a staple at gran’s dinner parties growing up, as I’m sure many south africans can attest to. Fridge tarts are always in our recipe repertoire as they are easy, tasty and go with our climate.   Ingredients: 1 tin condensed milk 1 tub of whipping cream 1 sachet of pineapple jelly (plus 1…

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Carrot & Pineapple Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

These were really moist (i hate that word too but it works here) and not too sweet – you could totally leave off the frosting for a healthier muffin – it is very decadent but i had a pregnancy craving what can I say! For the muffins 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 1/2…

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The Perfect Scone

  I have a confession…..I am a bit of a snob when it comes to scones. They must be: Fresh and warm from the oven Crumbly, not tough Have NO baking powder taste in sight Have good quality strawberry jam to serve with, and fresh cream Served with a cup of tea The thing is,…

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Caramelized pears with cinnamon coconut ice cream

I remember my gran always use to make red wine poached pears for a dessert when she had special guests over. It was her “go to” fancy pudding. I am yet to make poached pears – i was always too young to try hers and she never makes them anymore! They may have gone out…

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Blueberry & Banana Flapjacks

I’m sure I have mentioned before that I love brunch on the weekend, it’s one of my favourite pleasures in life. Sam made these for me and even though it took him the whole morning, it was well worth it. Flapjacks mean different things to different people in other countries. In SA this is a…

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Happy 2016! And a late festive trifle recipe…

  Happy 2016 everyone! I have been back home (small town called knysna) for the holidays and internet signal and speed there has not caught up with the times!So posting a recipe was just taking too long, but I also just took some time out and spent most days at the river and with family….

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Home-made Chilli Jam

  This goes with Brie, Camembert and Blue cheese so well. It really compliments the rich cheese. I decided to make a few jars as presents too. It’s really easy and better then shop bought 8-10 red chillies – use yr discretion here about which chillies to use. I used some thai and jalapeno’s 2…

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The Party Starter – Vodka Watermelon Jelly

We had our housewarming yesterday in our new place and it was great – thanks to all those who came through and spent the afternoon with us! This was a pinterest experiment and as those go, it didn’t quite come out as perfectly as the pinterest pics but it was great nonetheless. Ideally you want…

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Mini Lemon Meringues

These are what we made over the weekend – I am really starting to enjoy baking I must say! Yes i know dough’s and pastries are not great health wise but on the weekend everyone deserves something decadent;) The boyfriend did the meringue part and he didn’t take pics (don’t worry I  fired him) but…

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Low carb lemon cheesecake with strawberry swirl

I had a craving for dessert over the weekend – and i wanted something rich. This is VERY rich – be warned. But that’s not a bad thing because it means you can’t eat bowls of it – a small portion is all you need and it’s delicious For the cheesecake 3/4 cup softened cream…

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Sam’s Brandy Banana Split….on the braai!?!

My darling boyfriend can be very creative when he wants to be. We saw this on a video but we didn’t have all the tools. That did not deter him though and this was really more-ish. This would be the perfect dessert for when your camping – everything can be done on the fire. You’ll…

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fruit jellies

Home-Made Fruit Jellies

One of my biggest weaknesses is sweets….wine gums, jelly babies, sour worms – anything chewy. I have given them up mostly except as an exception once in a while. I do miss them though. I saw these in one of my recipe books. Even though they arent as chewy as wine gums they are still…

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Melting Moments with Raspberry and Buttercream filling

  I am quite proud of myself for these, because this is the first time I have ever baked properly! I have never baked a cake or made biscuits before. Shameful I know but baked treats aren’t really my thing. Anyway on Masterchef a few seasons back, Julia made these and they have stuck with…

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#SlowSundays – Dessert – Chocolate and Cherry Chia Pudding

Chia puddings are the best. And good for you too. If you think this is not a decadent dessert your wrong it really is while being healthy at the same time. These need time to set in the fridge so it’s best if you make them in the morning or even the night before. Ingredients…

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Home – made Apple & Pear Crumble

  There is something very satisfying making your own crumble. I must admit I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth most of the time and shop bought crumble doesn’t do it for me at all…but home-made is divine. Naughty…but divine. Just on the odd occasion;) For the fruit filling 4 x ripe red apples, peeled…

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Banana and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Despite their minuscule appearance, chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse: They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and protein. Plus, these small ingredients are simple to make into a pudding because they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water! Not only does this make chis seeds a great starting point for…

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Lemon and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are the latest superfood to take the world by storm. These little seeds pack a major punch in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and pro. I have been seeing a lot of these chia seed pudding recipes and mostly i just thought how well they photograph! So i went and…

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The Smiths granola bars with dark chocolate ganache

My friend San-Marie and her little boy Christiaan made these and they look amazing. The perfect treat for little kids and grown ups that isn’t loaded with sugar and carbs. Ingredients: 1 cup almond slivers 1 cup cashews/macadamias/walnut (whatever your preference is) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/4 cup flax seeds 2…

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Date, Chia and Almond bites

These are a really good energy snack, best enjoyed with a nice cup of tea. Got this one out my new fave cookbook – Every Day Paleo by Pete Evans, but i dont think we get maca powder here which he uses…will look out for it though Ingredients (makes about 12 balls) 15 pitted dates,…

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Strawberries and thick vanilla cream

Ingredients 2 cups strawberries, stalks removed 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 2 tbls castor sugar 1 cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla pods 3 tblsp stevia or xylitol (or regular sugar) 2 blocks grated dark chocolate Put your strawberries in a bowl and add the castor sugar and balsamic. Let it sit while you make your…

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LCHF chocolate & nut fat bombs

If you are doing the LCHF/Banting diet, you will know that you still get cravings for sweets occasionally, especially in the beginning. Also sometimes it’s hard to get enough fat into your daily meal plan. These are very rich and you only need 1 but they are delicious and satisfy those cravings! Also, once you…

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