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Mushroom chicken with brown basmati rice, red quinoa and roasted chickpeas

May 6, 2019

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Ooooh, do I have a nice dish for you to whip up tonight or sometime in the near future. Mushroom chicken with brown basmati rice, red quinoa and roasted chickpeas is fast, full of flavour and will hit your savoury spot right between the eyes.

This is the final recipe that I have put together for my latest Maizena series and it’s one that I’m sure you’re going to revisit because it’s super good for a casual night in as well as when you’re having people over for supper.

You won’t need a lot to time to put this together, which is always a winning recipe for me. And you can make it even quicker if you get yourself one of those pre-made rice packs, which is what I did. They come in a variety of combinations, but I found that the brown basmati rice with red quinoa works really nicely, adding lots of texture and a nice earthy flavour to the dish.

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Profiteroles filled with creme patissiere topped with chocolate

April 28, 2019

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I have always wanted to try to make Profiteroles but have always thought that they’re a bit tricky to pull off, they look so light and delicate and I’ve never made choux pastry before so I’ve avoided them until now that is.

I decided to challenge myself and make a batch for my Maizena Series because 1. Profiteroles filled with creme patissiere topped with chocolate sauce sound amazing and 2. What could be better than homemade vanilla custard inside light choux pastry topped with dark warm chocolate sauce?

The thing is with these bite-sized pastries of awesome is that every element needs to be just right. The pastry needs to be light and airy and the custard thick, sweet and smooth and this recipe guarantees you both and an end result that is really delicious and perfect for dessert, tea parties and moments when you feel like sitting by yourself in your living room eating cake!

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Melting Moments Cookies

April 16, 2019

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Have you ever eaten a biscuit that literally melts in your mouth? I’m talking the type of biscuit that will have you holding one in each hand while you’re still chewing your first helping. People have been making Melting Moments Cookies for years and years and once you make them, you’ll understand why.

This is the second recipe I’ll be sharing from my Maizena series and it’s a real goodie because of the cornstarch used in it, it’s actually the key ingredient that makes these biscuits so crumbly, light and super delicious.

Traditionally, people cover the tops with a generous dusting of icing sugar, but I decided to dip them in melted dark chocolate just to make them extra special and extra special is exactly how they turned out. These morish treats took next to no time to make and equally less time to polish off, so if you’re in the market for a delicious treat then scroll down and get baking.

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Brooklyn Blackout Cake

April 10, 2019

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Anyone out there a fan of a custard slice, cake, pie or just custard in general? Well then do I have a treat for you! Have you ever heard of a Brooklyn Blackout Cake before? A few years ago I attempted to make one, but it was a bit of a fail. It literally started falling apart the second I brought it out, which is never a good look on any cake table. I was a bit apprehensive to try it again, but this cake sounds and looks so good that I had to give it another go.

So I tried out a few recipes, altered one or two things here and there and bam made this Brooklyn Blackout Cake which tastes as good as it looks. I’m actually thinking if renaming it the Joburg Blackout Cake hahah, just for fun!

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Nutella and Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 4, 2018

Nutella and Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good old Chocolate Chip Cookies, they are always a crowd pleaser even if you have people in the crowd that claim to not really like chocolate. Ahem…Andrew Berry 🙂

I have tried a fair amount of chocolate chip cookie recipes out in my life but I have only ever written two in my cookbook, my cookbook which only the recipes I absolutely love and trust go in to and I’m super excited to add this one to it.

Normally when I make these types of cookies I only add chocolate chips and nuts, but yesterday I decided to make Nutella and Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’m talking a double hit of gooey yummy dark and milk chocolate together with a nice subtle hint of toasted coconut. These cookies came out of the oven and lasted less than half a day, in fact, they didn’t even make it within an arm’s length of a cookie jar, which I guess is a good sign.

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Spanish Hot Chocolate

July 4, 2018

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Ok, so it’s been pretty freezing the last couple of days out here in Africa! I actually can’t believe the snow that has been falling in the Cape. I wish the same thing would happen here because it looks so beautiful plus we never ever get to play in the snow.

So seeing as it’s been so cold I thought I would mess around a bit in the kitchen with some hot chocolate recipes. I’m a huge fan of hot chocolates, BUT I hardly ever go out and have one and think, man that was amazing I can’t wait to come back here for another round. They’re always either too watery or not chocolatey enough, or they just taste like cheap powder mixed with way too much milk. I like decadent hot chocolates, ones that make you hold onto your cup like it’s the last ornate item on earth! One where every sip takes you on a Unicron ride around the sun.

So I’m pretty pleased to be sharing this next recipe with you because it’ll have you unicorn-ing it up and down your street at all hours of the night. Guaranteed. I have no idea what I’m going on about but just go with me here.

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