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Spaghetti With Bolognaise Sauce

This versatile sauce can be served as Spaghetti Bolognaise or to make Lasagne.  It is one of the most popular Italian pasta dishes.  Did you know that the Italians traditionally serve bolognaise sauce with larger pastas such as tagliatelle, tortellini or gnocchi, but never with spaghetti! The thicker pastas are able to hold the chunky sauce easier.  See the image below.

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Home-made Glazed Doughnuts

Who does not love doughnuts? These days it is popular to have a stack of douhgnuts instead of a birthday cake. Better yet, a doughnut wall to celebrate a birthday, wedding, etc.! Making doughnuts at home can easily be done with a few inexpensive ingredients. Once you’ve made these doughnuts, I guarantee your family will be requesting them on a regular basis. See the video I loaded on my Facebook page on how to glaze the doughnuts. In the video I use the dipping method. The glaze can also be drizzled over the doughnuts. Sprinkle with your favourite sprinkles or leave plain.

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Ring Doughnuts

A doughnut is a type of dough confectionery that is fried in oil. The two most common types of doughnuts are the ring doughnut, which has a hole in the center for the oil to bubble through to ensure even cooking, and the filled doughnut, which is fried and then injected with a sweet filling such as jam or cream. See my post for Home-made Glazed Doughnuts for step-by-step photo’s. I also loaded a video on how to glaze the doughnuts on my Facebook page.

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Bee-sting Pastries

The Beesting Cake (see image at the bottom of this post) has its origins in Germany.  It is said that the cake is called “bee sting” as it is thought that a bee was attracted to the honey topping on the cake, and that the baker who invented the cake was stung.   This popular German confection, aka Bienenstich Cake, can also be made as individual pastries (photo and recipe by Carolie de Koster). Also check out my recipe for Beesting Buns. They are a great alternative if you are craving Crispy Creme!

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Bee-sting Danishes

These Danish-looking pastries are another variation of the Bee-sting Cake. Just use the leftover sweet dough, custard filling and caramel and nut topping as per the recipe for Bee-sting Pastries. This shape is called Spandauer. Apparently the name comes from the fact that there was a prison located in Spandau, Berlin. Just like prisoners were trapped in the prison, the pastry rim ‘traps’ the custard on the inside.

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Tartufo (Dark Chocolate Ice-cream)

The rainy weather in Johannesburg at the moment is probably not ideal for ice-cream eating, but make it so long for when the sun comes out! It only has 4 ingredients, and you do not need an ice-cream maker to make it!   After tasting Tartufo at Bar Tre Scalini in Rome in 2005, I have been trying to recreate this delicious dark chocolate ice-cream.  Tartufo (tahr-too-foh) means “truffle” in Italian.  Not that this ice-cream tastes or smells like truffles (thank goodness!).  

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Beetroot Souffle

Souffle is one of my all time favourite dishes. Mainly due to its versatility. It can be served as a starter, light meal or a dessert. You also don’t need fancy or expensive ingredients – just use what you have at hand to whip up a variety of sweet and savoury variations. It is also great for utilizing leftovers! I used 50% milk and 50% pickled beetroot juice to get this amazing colour. See my Facebook page for a video on how to fold the egg white into the white (or should I say pink?) sauce.

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Carolié de Koster (Carolié’s Culinaire)

Carolié de Koster is a dietician, food consultant, cookery teacher and author of a variety of recipe books of which Art of Cooking is the prima donna.  She operates under the name Carolié’s Culinaire (previously Foodlink) which incorparates all activities linked to food. Her objective has always been to assist those involved with food preparation to increase skills and efficiency, build confidence and acquire knowledge. Carolié has been a source of inspiration for thousands of people for close to 40 years, whether through her cooking demonstrations, consulting services or recipe books.

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