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Gingerbread House Workshops 2018

What better way to kick off the Festive Season than with assembling and decorating your own Gingerbread House?   It is a great culinary activity for kids and adults alike!   We will provide everything you will need to assemble and decorate your very own Gingerbread House: pre-baked house panels, a cake board, royal icing, variety of candy, step-by-step instructions, etc.

If you prefer to assemble and decorate your Gingerbread House in the comfort of your own home or while on holiday, we also have Do-It-Yourself Gingerbread House Kits in a variety of sizes. They are great to give as a gift or for a fun culinary activity for the holidays.  In our kit you’ll find everything you need to assemble and decorate a gingerbread house – from pre-baked gingerbread house panels, to royal icing, a variety of quality candy, easy-to-follow instructions, etc.   Each kit is packed in a sturdy box and wrapped in gift wrap with a gift tag – i.e. ready to either be placed under the Christmas Tree or to pack on holiday!

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Do-It-Yourself Gingerbread House Kits

The tradition of decorating Gingerbread Houses is over 1,000 years old! If you haven’t done it before, it is not too late to start a gingerbread house decorating tradition in your family or circle of friends. It is the perfect activity to spend quality time with your loved ones during the Festive Season while creating a Gingerbread House masterpiece!  You can even turn it into a gingerbread house building contest if you prefer!  It’s the perfect activity to keep kids and adults alike entertained during the long December holiday’s!

Get the creative juices flowing this Festive Season with Cooking Up A Storm’s DIY Gingerbread House Kits.  Since it was launched in 2017, hundreds of children (and adults!) have been assembling and decorating our gingerbread houses with family, friends and colleagues.  Our houses are so popular because they are freshly baked and have no added preservatives. They are also 100%  South African!  In our kit you’ll find everything you need to assemble and decorate a gingerbread house – from pre-baked gingerbread house panels, to royal icing, a variety of quality candy, easy-to-follow instructions, etc.   Each kit is packed in a sturdy box and wrapped in gift wrap with a gift tag – i.e. ready to either be placed under the Christmas Tree or to pack on holiday.

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National Braai Day 2018

Today is Heritage Day, also known as National Braai Day.  South Africans country-wide are celebrating their cultural heritage by spending time with friends and love ones around a braai!. There are of course no rules when choosing what you are going to braai – whether it is tjops, wors, chicken, ribs, fish or fillet!.  You can braai whatever lights your fire!  

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Raw Fish Is Delish!

If you are worried about embarrassing yourself in front of your date, or even worse, a client, because you do not know the difference between the terms carpacchio, ceviche or crudo on a restaurant menu, don’t fear, the answers are here.  Included in this post is basic info on some of the most popular restaurant options containing raw or partially cooked fish or seafood.  After reading this, you will be able to navigate a restaurant menu like a pro.  Not to mention using foodie lingo in conversations. Recipes containing raw fish or seafood can be prepared at home with great success, as long as the freshest and highest quality fish or shellfish is used. Be sure to read the post How To Handle Raw Fish before trying these recipes at home.

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How To Handle Raw Fish

While raw fish may seem like a strange dinner choice for some, chefs around the world are constantly experimenting with new ways to include raw fish and seafood on restaurant menu’s. Read the post Raw Fish Is Delish! for basic info on the most popular recipes where raw or partially cooked fish is used. The photo’s are guaranteed to convince you to try it at least once!

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Build Your Own Bowl

A Poke bowl (pronounced PO-KEH) is a traditional Hawaiian dish. Although it has been around for decades, it is only about two years ago that is has become trendy world-wide.  A traditional Hawaiian poke bowl consists of cubed raw fish, often tuna or salmon, which is seasoned with soy sauce and served on a bed of steamed sushi rice.  The key is using high-quality fresh fish that’s meant to be eaten raw, i.e. sashimi grade.

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Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, can be a little intimidating at first sight, but its bark is worse than its bite!  The scaly outer skin of the dragon fruit, which looks similar to that of a pineapple, is not prickly and very easy to peel.  Some say Dragon Fruit was given its name because it looks like the fiery flames coming from a dragon’s mouth!

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Easter 2018

The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. There are several myths about these popular fruit-studded yeast-risen buns.  One of the more well known stories is that an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday.  At some point in history the buns was commonly known as Good Friday Buns. During the 1730s in Europe the buns were sold on the streets, and it was here that the name as well as the popular rhyme emerged, as the sellers would shout out ” One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns “…   This tradition was still in practice as little as eighty years ago.

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Easter Chocolate Bark

Although bark doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, this rustic looking sweet treat is quick and easy to make and can be customised to any occasion.  It is the ultimate home made gift!  In its simplest form, it is a thin sheet of chocolate studded with anything from candy to nuts, dried fruit, seeds and even spices.  The chocolate is then broken up into uneven pieces or shards.  It is called “bark” because it resembles tree bark.

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Hot Cross “Pain au chocolat”

This recipe is a cross (excuse the pun!) between a Hot Cross Bun and the popular French pastry, pain au chocolat, which is made with yeast-leavened dough and filled with chocolate.  “Pain au chocolat” literally means chocolate bread.

Be sure to also try the traditional recipes for traditional Croissants and Hot Cross Buns.

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