Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that’s mostly guarded […]

Cherry-almond chocolate truffles

Thursday, 6 December 2018|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Frippery – such a lovely English word. My dictionary describes it as a showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture or dress, a tawdry or frivolous thing. Well, these cherry and almond truffles are all that and more!

Shop-bought truffles are ridiculously expensive. I absolutely refuse to pay someone else outrageous amounts for doing something I can so easily do myself. At […]

Super moist oil chocolate cake with real 70% chocolate buttercream icing

Wednesday, 10 January 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Chocolate cake is hardly in tune with the January zeitgeist of post-Christmas-indulgence detox. But you have to be very careful with this clean living stuff, you could easily do yourself a terrific injury. Like dying of boredom what with all that salad and steamed fish. And that’s why chocolate cake to the rescue.

Yes it would have been more appropriate to […]

Chocolate salami with cherries, nuts and brandy

Friday, 11 November 2016|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Yes, yes, I know it’s 6 weeks plus a bit to go, but on my planet I’ve been wearing my elf hat since September. Because that’s how lead times work with this food styling gig and because, frankly, I adore Christmas. Giddy as a 5-year-old at the thought, that’s me. So here […]

Nutella hot chocolate bomb

Thursday, 26 November 2015|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Nutella, hot chocolate, and bomb – use these words in a sentence and it can only be a good thing. I’m not a mommy. OK I am, but a mommy of feline wee ones, not actual human ones. Still, I know only too well the trial of school hols. No matter how I may have looked forward to it as […]

Spiced red wine pears with coffee-chocolate sauce, almond ice cream and brittle

Wednesday, 1 April 2015|Sweet tooth|Tags: , , , |

I’d intended to do something utterly decadent and fabulous that somehow involved chocolate eggs with marshmallow filling for this post. Something tongue in cheek. Something irreverent. Because that, of course, is my default setting.

Then I was invited to take part in the Fairtrade Fortnight Foodie Challenge that coincides with Fairtrade’s two-week The Power Of […]