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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chicken and pomelo salad

My first experience of this wicked combination was at a beautiful restaurant in Beijing called Transit, if you're ever there, this is a MUST. Exquisite interiors, decor so detailed and chic that it will make you're head spin, the BEST cocktails you will ever experience and food that will blow your mind.

Their chicken and pomelo salad was more delicate than my version, but the flavour combinations are similar. It's different, and the pomelo (similar to a grapefruit) is not for everyone, but I think it's bitter-sweetness sets off the creamy avocado and succulent chicken beautifully, finished off with a creamy dressing and crunchy nuts it's refreshing and bold.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Malva Pudding Cupcakes

I went to a bakery a while ago and felt like I'd wandered into Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory: two-toned triple chocolate cupcakes, double custard cronuts (a combination of a croissant and a doughnut), salted caramel macaroons and even Lime velvet cakes...Baking nowadays is putting the 'art' in artisanal, it's eclectic and fantastical, there's magic in the detail.

Working with Sasko Flour I am always on a quest to push myself creatively, to try and make things that will not only delight when seen and tasted, but be accessible to those who aren't hugely confident in the kitchen.

Everyone loves Malva pudding; it's a simple South African classic that's easy to prepare and always provokes sheer joy - I thought why not put it in cupcake form and take the joy from the dinner table to anywhere and everywhere, so that's exactly what I did.

Enjoy this 'double dessert' decadence!