Yoghurt Panna Cotta for Christmas breakfast

yoghurt panna cotta

Christmas is right around the corner I don’t know how your Christmas planning is going, but here in our house we’re taking it pretty easy.  It’s a what happens will happen situation really.  With a soon to be five year old in the house we value the simplicity that a whole lot of planning brings.   In this festive scenario that planning is happening behind the scenes between my mom and I. Christmas has for the most part been spent at my mother’s house the last few years.  This year…

The best peanut butter cookies to make with your kids

peanut butter cookies baked

These are the best peanut butter cookies to make with your kids. That is a big statement to make, but I stand by it.  When it comes to making something with young children it should be easy and straight forward.  It is more fun for them and less stressful for the adults with them.  My daughter loves cracking open eggs and mixing the batter.  She is able to mix up this cookie recipe with very little problems and almost zero mess. Another bonus for me!  Portioning out the little balls…

Panna Cotta made with Herbal Tea

Panna cotta made with herbal tea

Panna cotta is a great dessert to have in your repertoire.  I find it incredibly forgiving for a beginner (or when you are distracted while making them).  Panna cotta’s are best made a day in advance, so it is ideal for family get-togethers.  All you need to do is pull them out of the fridge, unmould and serve.   With so many flavour options, you will be spoiled for choice.  Don’t forget about that Lavender sugar sitting in your pantry.  This is a great opportunity to use it for the…

How to make Potato Gnocchi

How to make gnocchi

How to make Potato Gnocchi As the weather finally cools down my cooking is edging more and more towards comfort cooking. And there is not much that is more comforting than a delicious serving of Gnocchi. The temptation might be there to simply pick up a packet in the supermarket, but trust me – put in the small amount of effort required and experience total satisfaction. Gnocchi is actually very simple to prepare from scratch, it just takes a little time. Ingredients 2kg of potatoes 1kg of Coarse salt –…

Festive homemade pear liqueur

How to make pear liqueur

I love making things from scratch.  In high school, I had a friend who’s brother made homemade liqueur.  I found it fascinating.   With Christmas right around the corner, this Aromatic Pear Liqueur will make the perfect adult foodie gift.  It’s delicious served ice cold or topped up with sparkling water.  Making homemade liqueur is just another day in my life as a private chef.   Having the opportunity to experiment gives me great pleasure as a chef. Pushing and exploring my creativity is fantastic. I found the process pleasantly simply.…

How to make lavender sugar

How to make lavender sugar

How to make lavender sugar When it comes to baking especially, there are small little changes that can uplift a recipe from.  Every day tastes can become something special with some thought and planning. Lavender sugar is one of these little changes.  It’s ridiculously easy to make and will give delightful results (and lavender has many health benefits).   I am very lucky to have extensive gardens available to me during the day with several different types of lavender.  Any type will do.  Some are more fragrant than others –…

How to make donuts

Ganache glazed donuts

How to make donuts The hardest part of baking a cookie or deep-frying beignets is inevitably waiting for it to cool enough to pop in your mouth. These pillowy donuts are no different.  A delicious crispy outer layer surrounds the soft insides.  An absolute bonus is that they are very easy to make.  No resting overnight or cutting them out.  Simply shape and poke!  Most of the work is waiting for them to proof. Print Glazed Donuts Quick and easy yeast donuts. Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword dipped donuts, donuts, glazed…

Marie Biscuit Fudge

Marie Biscuit Fudge

If you grew up in South Africa chances are you have eaten Marie Biscuit fudge.  It evokes sentimental memories of childhood treats.  The recipe is simple and easy to make with children.  Cocoa, butter, icing sugar, and Marie Biscuits.  The ingredients list calls for raw eggs, but this can be replaced with a dash of water.   For those who cannot find Marie Biscuits, a simple substitute is thin butter biscuits.  However, you can substitute the Marie Biscuits with coconut, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips – just about anything that…

Basic Brioche

How to make basic brioche

Brioche is rich and buttery with a beautiful crumb.  What’s not to like?  There are also so many meals that you can prepare with it, it makes sense to keep some sliced and ready in the freezer. This is another very straightforward recipe once you have mastered how to proof your bread properly.  A simple rule of thumb for your final proof is if you make a small indentation with your finger the dough will come up slowly.  If it happens too quickly you need to wait longer. Print Making…

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Chocolate Grand Marnier Pot De Crème

Pot De Crème’s is on my list of top ten favorite desserts. I posted the following recipe on my first blog almost 8 years ago and I still love it. It seems like Pot De Crème’s have come and gone as far as food trends go. One day they were all over and now you hardly see them and they are really worth the effort when finished off properly.  I can still remember when I made these particular ones in the photo.  They were so good I forgot to take…