Two-ingredient Date Paste

date paste ritual feasts

Quick and easy Date Paste Recently I have made improvements to my personal eating habits.  More greens and less processed ingredients.  It goes without saying that every now and then I would still like to have a little extra sweetness in my life.  While looking at different recipes I picked up that many recipes call for date paste or Agwa. Instead of heading out and buying a ready-made jar or date paste, make your own.  It’s easy!  You can use fresh or dried dates.  For this recipe I used dried…

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…

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 –…