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Festive Season 2020 Do-It Yourself Cookie Kits

Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to keep your kids (or yourself!) busy during the Festive Season? Or a unique gift for that special family member, friend, colleague or client? Look no further. Our Do-It-Yourself Cookie Kits are just the thing! Our kits consist of everything you need to create a culinary masterpiece – from freshly baked gingerbread or sugar cookies, to candy, royal icing, piping bags and comprehensive step-by-step instructions.

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Chocolate Babka aka Zebra Bread

Chocolate Babka is made from sweet dough, a versatile dough that can be used to make a variety of sweet treats like Here are a few:  Bee-sting Pastries, Home-made Doughnuts, Hungarian Bubble Loaf, Panettone, German Stollen, Yugoslavian Nut Roll, Chocolate Babka, etc. 

Sweet dough is an enriched dough which means it has ingredients like eggs, butter and sugar. Babka originated in the early 1800’s, when housewives would spread extra challah dough with jam or cinnamon sugar, roll it up, and bake it alongside challah bread. Challah is a plain, braided loaf. Chocolate was only added in the mid-twentieth century. Below are step-by-step instructions with photo’s on how to make the babka.

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Got Alcohol?

Now that we are in Level 3 of the lockdown in South Africa, and the alcohol ban is lifted, we can (finally) buy alcohol again! I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to make some of my favourite recipes containing some kind of alcohol as an ingredient. Whether it is beer, wine, brandy or liqueur. At the top of my list are: Beef Bourguignonne, Coq Au Vin, Mushroom Risotto, Mussels In White Wine Sauce, Fish in Beer Batter, Tipsy Tart and Irish Coffee, to name a few … If you haven’t stocked up your liquor cabinet yet, the selection of recipes below is sure to provide you with the necessary motivation!

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Coq Au Vin (French Chicken Stew)

Coq au vin is one of the most well known and popular French chicken dishes. It consists of chicken braised with wine, bacon and mushrooms. Although red wine is typically used, white wine can also be used to make Coq Au Vin Blanc. It can be prepared a day or more before serving, which will result in an flavourful stew.

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Irish Coffee Dessert

Traditional Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.  This variation has similar ingredients, but it is in the form of a set dessert. Definitely worth a try! The popular alcoholic drink, Irish Coffee, was created in the winter of 1943 by Chef Joe Sheridan. The story goes that he whipped up something special to drink for a group of cold and weary passengers who were waiting for a flight at the Foynes Airbase in Ireland. Apparently silence descended on the group as everyone enjoyed this delectable concoction.

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Lamb Recipes

South Africa is renowned for its high quality lamb. Everyone has a favourite – whether it is lamb tjops on the braai on a Saturday night or leg of lamb for Sunday lunch. Lamb is versatile and delicious and one of our favourite meats to eat. Below are a few delicious recipes from my blog with lamb as the main ingredient. From leg of lamb, to lamb chops, to lamb stew.

If any of these recipes look to daunting to try by yourself, just book a culinary lesson with me! 

Enjoy!

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Orange Recipes

Got oranges? With the abundance of oranges at the moment, it would be a crime not to make the best of this flavourful citrus fruit while it is in season. An orange is such a versatile ingredient: it can be eaten as-is, squeezed for juice or zested. It can be used to flavour marinades, spice rubs, salad dressings, sweet and savoury sauces, sorbet, mousse, ice-cream, cake and cocktails! Not forgetting marmalade! It can be eaten as part of breakfast, lunch or dinner. It makes a great snack too! I have therefore included a variety of both sweet and savoury recipes that are flavoured either by orange juice, orange zest or orange-flavoured alcohol in some way. I’ve included a few recipes that call for Grand Marnier, the popular orange-flavoured French liqueur. Luckily the 1st of June is only a week away, so if you’ve run out of alcohol during lockdown, you will be able to stock up soon!

If any of these recipes look to daunting to try by yourself, just book a culinary lesson with me!

Enjoy!

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Olive Oil & Orange Ice Cream

Olive oil is not exactly an ingredient that one usually finds in ice cream, but this recipe is definitely worth a try!  You can taste the olive oil without it being overpowering and it is complimented very well with the flavour of the orange.  This ice cream is neither too rich or too sweet.

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Chocolate Soufflé With Grand Marnier Orange Sauce

The combination of chocolate and orange is truely magical. It is a classic flavour combination, used and enjoyed in a variety of recipes by foodies across the world. In this souffle recipe, quality dark chocolate is combined with orange flavours to take it to a whole new level. According to Lindt Maître Chocolatier Thomas Schnetzler, creator of Lindt Excellence Orange Intense Dark Chocolate, the secret behind this classic combinaion lies in its contrast: the chocolate is rich and intense and it is balanced by the fresh, zesty tones of the orange, creating an overall experience that is both nostalgic and exhilarating.

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Duck à l’Orange

Duck à l’orange, aka Canard a la Bigarade, is a classic French dish consisting of whole roasted duck with orange sauce. It is probably one of the most well known of all the duck dishes. It is said that it was the American chef, Julia Child, who made Duck à l’Orange famous with her popular recipe book,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961). Child, who was the first chef to It is believed by many that Duck à l’orange had its heyday in the 1960’s when every French restaurant served it, but it can still be found on many restaurant menu’s worldwide. Be sure to also try my recipe for Duck Breast With Orange Sauce.

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Orange Sorbet

Sorbet is a frozen desert made from sweetened water flavored by fruit, wine or liquor, frozen into ice and the scraped so that small ice shards. Although sorbet is usually served as a palate cleanser between courses, it can also be eaten as a dessert. Although many people think that sorbet and sherbet is the same thing, sorbet does not contain dairy ingredients, while sherbet does contain a little cream or milk to give it a richer, creamier texture. The greatest thing about sorbet is it can be frozen, thawed and refrozen over and over, without having an affect on the consistency.

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Crêpes Suzette

Crêpe Suzette is one of the most popular and well-known French desserts. So much so that National Crêpe Suzette Day is celebrated annually on the 6th of May. Crêpe Suzette consists of crêpes (pancakes) with an orange sauce. It is served flambé.   The crêpes can be made in advance or if you are pressed for time, use shop-bought crêpes. You can even use South African Pancakes to make Crêpe Suzette! If you like the combination of orange and alcohol, be sure to also try my recipe for Duck à l’Orange!

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South African Pancakes

Pancake, aka “pannekoek” is a traditional and very popular South African treat which can be found at fete’s, markets or sport events. It is also often baked when it rains. Not that one needs to wait for rain to enjoy this sweet treat! Pancakes are traditionally filled with cinnamon sugar, but can be filled with a variety of both sweet and savoury fillings. It can even be stacked as a cake! Pancakes are similar in taste and texture to the French crépe. The French serve their crépes with lemon and sugar, or with sliced bananas and Nutella. Not forgetting “Crêpes Suzette“, the popular French dessert where pancakes are served with an orange sauce and flambéd with Grand Marnier, Cognac or orange liqueur. South African pancakes are very different to American pancakes, which we know as flapjacks or crumpets.

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