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 […]

Milk chocolate mousse

Thursday, 14 August 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

I’m pretty sure it must be just me, otherwise brands wouldn’t insist on doing it, but I really, truly, deeply do NOT get the whole baby/toddler/puppy thing to advertise stuff.

I quite like babies, don’t get me wrong. I’m scared of holding and dropping them, but I like ’em well enough. And I’m deeply dilly about animals of any […]

Pear and marzipan tartlets with chocolate ganache

Wednesday, 11 June 2014|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , , |

The thing about spending the amount of time in the kitchen that I do, is things can get a bit lonely. Merlot is an excellent conversationalist, to be sure. But as I don’t actually speak ‘cat’, her incessant chatter isn’t exactly what I would call spell binding.

So when the inimitable Nina Timm from

Orange Hot Chocolate

Thursday, 8 May 2014|Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Merlot and I both have a tendency to gain weight in winter. She does because she stops chasing butterflies and sleeps on my cream couch all day long. I also spend indecent amounts of time on said couch, but if I were honest, I’d have to admit that it’s probably the pies, crumbles and cobblers I turn to for […]