The selection of recipes included in this newsletter has everything from starters to mains, side dishes, desserts and drinks! We’ve also a variety of cookies to bake for the upcoming holidays. There are recipes for casual meals at home or for fancy entertaining. Be sure to try them all! Continue reading December 2017 Recipes
A classic G&T is just the thing to help you cool off on a hot summer’s day. It tastes even better in ice lolly form! Continue reading G&T Ice Lollies
This ice-cream has a unmistakable gin flavour. The gin can be substituted with vodka, whiskey or brandy if you prefer. Or omit the gin for a alcohol-free ice-cream. Continue reading Gin Ice-cream
The ultimate grown-up dessert for a hot summer’s day!
Continue reading G&T Ice-cream
A classic drink in the form of a dessert – what more could you want?
Continue reading Citrus Gin Cheesecake
A cheesecake recipe inspired by the nation’s best-loved summer cocktail – a G&T. There’s a zingy layer of gin and tonic-flavoured jelly on top of a creamy mascarpone middle and a biscuit base – it’s the summer dessert dreams are made of. If you prefer the real thing, check out my post Gin Cocktails for a variety of tasty cocktail recipes.
Continue reading G&T Cheesecake
Recipes for using ripe bananas are uncountable! This one stands out as quick to make and offers health benefits with added Brazil nuts, light olive or favourite vegetable oil and reduced sugar. Serve as is or with yoghurt or Ricotta cheese. Continue reading Brazil Nut Banana Cake
Nacho’s made with home-made corn chips, home made tomato salsa and a flavoursome Mexican-style meat sauce Continue reading Nacho’s
These home-made corn chips are quick and easy to make and a real crowd pleaser! Continue reading Home-made Corn Chips
No-bake, soft, yet crunchy bars with a perfect balance of protein, carbs and healthy fat to provide fibre, goodness and sustained energy for all the active members of your family! Continue reading Oat & Almond Snack Bars
Don’t shun biscuits as “should not have” treats! Biscuits are not only tempting – they can play a part to provide essential daily nutrients and fibre. These biscuits can occasionally stand in to replace breakfast cereal and make ideal snacks for travelling! Continue reading Spicy Oat & Cranberry Biscuits
Finding out how to utilise tamarillos when in season is worth doing! Tamarillo, also known as tree tomatoes, can grow to about two meters tall with clusters of fruit that slowly ripen to a deep red. The taste can be described as “unusual and interesting – even as “an acquired taste”. See the image below. The unique tropical flavour which reminds of a mix between passion fruit and guava and a hint of other fruits, turns a cheesecake into a sublime dessert or tea time treat. Continue reading Tamarillo Cheesecake
When I first came across the Woolworths Basil & Sun-dried Tomato Feta cheese, I just had to include it in this Festive Season-themed newsletter. Here it is covered in dill. Serve with crackers or freshly baked bread or as a center piece for a salad platter. Continue reading Feta Cheese Log
Juniper berries pairs very well with venison. Read the post Juniper Berries for more info on this superfood. To improve the flavour and soften the meat, marinate it for several hours or for up to 3 days in the fridge or freezer before cooking. The Cooked Marinade used in this recipe is by Carolié de Koster from the Art of Cooking Recipe book p. 294. Be sure to also try the recipe for German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten). It is an authentic German dish that is flavoured with Juniper berries.
Continue reading Fillets Of Venison With Juniper Berries
Simple Syrup, also known as bar syrup or sugar syrup, is a liquid sweetener created by mixing equal parts of sugar and water. Simple syrup is an essential ingredient in cocktails and other beverages because it blends so well with other liquids. Continue reading Home-made Simple Syrup
Below are a few popular cocktail recipes. Some are classics, such as G&T, Tom Collins and Negroni. Others are based on the classics, but with a modern twist. All the recipes below make a single serving.
Continue reading Gin Cocktail Recipes
Every home should permanently have a jar of Biscotti in the kitchen! Best biscuits ever to nibble or dunk in coffee or as the Italians do, in sherry or wine! Thanks to the clever Italians!
New style biscotti are light, crisp and irresistible and have gained popularity worldwide! These Italian “biscuits” were traditionally hard and dry and to become palatable, they were dipped into dessert wine or after dinner cappuccino. Currently many delightful variations are made which can be nibbled on as is, at any time of the day! And best of all, they are not difficult to make at home!
Continue reading Biscotti
Baked paté as good as it gets! Serve warm as a nutritious light meal with mashed potato and steamed vegetables or snack-style, either warm or cold, with favourite pickles or pickled vegetables, sweet chilli sauce and olives. Be sure to also try Carolié’s Chicken Liver Pâté With Bacon & Port.
Continue reading Chicken & Chicken Liver Pâté Phyllo Roll
Spoil your guests this Festive Season with this classy duck recipe – the compliments will stream in! Serve it with Mashed Potato and Continental Red Cabbage.
Continue reading Whole Duck With Cherry Sauce
Until not so long ago I did not even know that making your own tonic water was possible. With all the brands of Tonic water available these days you might be happy to stick to the shop-bought stuff. Give this a try though. You might just be converted! Home-made tonic water is slightly bitter, but much less sweet, and also lower in kilojoules. When used to make a G&T they allow the flavor profile of the gin to come through.
Home-made Tonic Water
Be sure to read my post The Gin Revolution for more info on the history of tonic water.
The ingredients in the photo are as follows: (clockwise from left to right) lemongrass, allspice, cardamom pods and chinchona bark.