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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Parma Ham and Asparagus Tart

A little tart inspired by the latest food trend - 'Umami': which can be loosely translated as ‘delicious savoury taste’ and is the latest food craze to hit the Western world. Traditionally, we have always understood that there are 4 basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter, but ‘Umami’ is thought to be the 5th taste – the epitome of savoury. ‘Umami’ rich ingredients include: truffles, Parmesan, shellfish, cured hams such as Parma ham, mushrooms, fish sauce, soya sauce and asparagus.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spiced Chorizo and Tomato Eggs

Sometimes life just calls for breakfast at dinner time, better known as 'brinner'. Nothing bad needs to happen for this to take place - it's just one of those things; you get a craving for eggs and delicious comfort things and the only thing that will fix it is brinner. There is a sense of guilty pleasure that accompanies eating brinner and I'm not sure why - but that naughty tingling feeling where you're defying the laws of acceptable human behavior makes it taste that much better. Especially when you eat it with a beer or a large glass of wine.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tres Leches Cake Jars

Tres Leches Cake is a popular dessert in South America and literally translates to ‘3 milk cake’ in Spanish. The three milks relate to the creamy mixture you pour over the cooked cake consisting: condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream. It's bloomin delish, and oh so pretty when you serve them in little jars - perfect for summer by the pool, picnicking or just being cute and awesome at eh same time ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stuffed tomatoes

I had some game mince (springbok to be specific) and wanted to do something fun with it that wasn't burger/bolognaise related. My boyfriend has a love for all things French so I decided to create my own version of the traditional 'Tomat Farcie'. I used quinoa instead of breadcrumbs as I love it as an alternative to bread, but it's really up to you...

Thursday, October 9, 2014


These are very naughty, but also very very nice :) They're often described as Spanish doughnuts and eaten as a snack or at breakfast, but I'd happily serve them for dessert. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chicken and Broccoli Bake

This is good old home-style cooking at its best: simple, easy and comforting without being horrendously burdened with calories. Traditionally, with a bake like this you would mix a handful of breadcrumbs in with the cheese before sprinkling over the top, but I like it as is. (If you prefer it with breadcrumbs - do add them.)