As someone who is not in the habit of blowing my own horn, you should take it very seriously when I say that this is one of the best things I’ve ever made. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was really hard for me to share when all I wanted to do was shovel huge spoonfuls into my mouth. This was the first chocolate pie that I’ve made, which is strange given my penchant for pie. I think I was afraid that the chocolate would be too overwhelming or so sweet that my teeth would ache, but this was just lovely – subtle, velvety and so, so yummy! Read the rest of this entry »
Without duplicating any recipes, or counting pie-related recipes like whoopee pies, so far I’ve shared 13 pies on the blog. That’s quite a few, and all of them have been dessert or sweet pies. I’m breaking that tradition with one which is a bit time-consuming to make, but oh so worth it! Just don’t plan on making this after work for dinner, unless you don’t mind eating a few hours later!
Found objects is not the right term to use, and leftovers doesn’t quite sound right either. In any case, we had a cooked mielie in the fridge and decided to add that to the filling. A small addition to the recipe, but it makes quite the difference. Obviously, this is not something that you’ll always have, but then I’m sure a little can of corn would work just as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Matt makes the absolute best hot chocolate, which is one of my absolute favourite things when this time of year rolls around. I’ve known how he does it for a while, but I honestly prefer it when he makes it for me. The recipe is kind of basic, but it’s also really sweet which means we can only manage small portions at a time.
When we don’t use NoMU’s dark chocolate pieces, Matt goes the extra mile and grates a slab of Lindt Caramel Intense really finely. Sometimes when I make it, I like to add some extra marshmallow fluff right at the end so that it lies on top of the hot chocolate.
Since I was introduced to this last year it has become my absolute favourite page on Facebook, but the good news is that it is a blog with a very nice back catalogue to look at too. They Draw and Cook is, as the name suggests, a compilation of people’s creative renditions of their recipes. Some of them can be as simple as a recipe for making a sandwich or a cherry chocolate stout milkshake, while others require a bit more time or culinary expertise.
The Way of a Beet by Paulina Wyrt (take a closer look – this one is made out of salt!) Read the rest of this entry »
My favourite smell of all is that of oranges. I just can’t get enough of it, whether it’s in perfume or food it doesn’t matter. Whenever Easter rolls around I start craving foods with some orange flavour in it. I have memories of oranges stuck with whole cloves as decorations when I was a child. Now that I’m seriously thinking about it though, I could be getting my wires crossed and merging all sorts of memories into one. Slightly unrelated, other citrus fruit can have a similar almost-immediate uplifting effect, like when you squeeze a naartjie peel to make the sweetness linger in the air, mmm!
Pull-apart bread isn’t something I was familiar with at all, but after making it just once I love it. I just keep on thinking of all the different combinations that I can make next: bacon and cheese, garlic and herb, cinnamon, blueberry… Basically, make a dough, give it a filling, stack and voila! What’s not to love here?! Read the rest of this entry »