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 […]

Affogato ice cream cakes

Thursday, 18 December 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: , , |

Affogato. No, it’s not a swearword – as in ‘well affogato you too dude’. It’s Italian for ‘drowned’ and refers to one of the simplest, yet most delicious 2-minute desserts out there – vanilla ice cream ‘drowned’ in strong hot espresso. Some folks add a shot of hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico to their affogato too, and why not. Either way, […]

Rose Italian kisses

Tuesday, 2 December 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

I don’t really mind standing in supermarket queues. It’s where I often get ideas. Like the other day when, queueing at Woolies, I spotted Turkish Delight wrapped in chocolate. Now I’m not much of a Turkish Delight fan because I loathe anything with a jelly-like consistency. But I love its rose-flavour and I really love it when it’s combined with […]