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…

Chocolate Chai Cookies

Vegan chocolate chip chai cookies

Like most of us, I love a good Chocolate Chip cookie.  There are so many different variations out there, it can be hard to choose which one you should make.   I find that a lot of these recipes are too buttery with not enough flavor to back it up.  I really like the big flavors in this cookie.  It’s a definitely a cookie for grown-ups.  The Blackstrap Molasses and dark chocolate come through intensely.   The boldness of the chocolate can be toned down by using a lower cocoa…

How to make Ciabatta at home

How to make Ciabatta

Everyone has that one thing they can’t wait to cool down for.  Cookies, pastries, pie… Mine is Ciabatta.  To be very precise, it’s the end pieces of Ciabatta hot out of the oven with a smear of salted butter. It’s food heaven for me. Ciabatta is also not something you would normally consider to make at home.  I spent years making it in professional kitchens with huge stand mixers.  The dough needs a good, fast beating which these machines provide with no problems.  I tried making a single batch at…

How to make Marzipan with white chocolate

almonds falling out of a glass jar

Marzipan is one of my all-time favorite foods. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. It is a love affair that has gone on for many years. Followers of my previous blog may also have noticed a liking for white chocolate. This trend has not yet taken a downturn. It makes sense then that I was absolutely obsessed for years about how to make it.  What was the right ratio to use?  Would the recipe I chose work or would it end up an expensive flop. Today I wanted to…

How to cook Okra

How to cook Okra

For some reason, a lot of people seem to be unsure of how to cook Okra. If you follow this quick method you will have no problem to serve up a delicious helping of this tasty vegetable. Okra is a hairy little green pod with West African origins, but it grows well in many other regions. I don’t often find it in the supermarkets here, which is unfortunate as it is incredibly tasty. When prepared correctly of course. It has a bad reputation for being slimy. This is a result…

Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake

Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake

  When it comes to chocolate cake I have three go-to recipes that I always use: a fantastic moist vanilla cake, a recipe for Devil’s Food Cake from a friend’s Texan grandmother and a decadent dark Black Magic Cake from My Baking Addiction. It’s sometimes hard to decide between the three. And this Mint Top Deck Chocolate Cake now makes four! A happy accident as I tweaked a recipe that I had on hand (always take notes when you are experimenting!), this cake ticks all the boxes: It has a…