Gingerbread Tiramisu Ice Cream, Amaretti Mocha Mousse, Hot Cardamom Cacao – 20 Minute Christmas Desserts With Nespresso

Nearly three decades ago when I was old enough to care about what went on in the kitchen of my parent's home, I would seek out this decadent aroma swirling there in the wee hours of the morning. It was the smell of coffee grounds doing their thing, percolating and bubbling their way to a glorious finish in my dad's well loved, tarnished stove-top coffee maker. I decided then that I would belong to the coffee camp all my life, a promise I have... Read More >>

Red Hot Chicken And Fried Cheese Meatballs

Most work days end at five in the evening with the realisation that there isn't anything for dinner while standing in front of an open fridge crammed to capacity (something that is next on my list of resolutions to address - a lighter fridge). On those couple of nights a week when I cook either meat or fish, the recipe is always an impromptu creation slapped together with certain flavour combinations I have honed over the years and those that... Read More >>

Late Summer Mozzarella Zucchini Salad And Postcards From The Cook Republic Food Writing And Photography Workshop

Two months ago on the eve of my blog's 10th anniversary, I launched the Cook Republic Workshops. Six sold out workshops and an amazing few months of teaching food photography, food styling, cookbook writing, cooking long table lunches, styling spaces and meeting and working alongside the most amazing people later, I am already in the process of planning more exciting, inspirational and creative hands on workshops for later this year. But ... Read More >>

Wholemeal Spaghetti Salad With Garlic Almond And Herb Crumbs

We have been eating sauce drenched pasta for as long as I can remember. That is just how the boys love it. The funny thing is  their inbuilt filtration system that gobbles down the pasta but leaves the sauce behind. When it got to a point where their finished plates resembled more curry than pasta, I put my foot down. The first time I made a sauce-less pasta dish, I received looks of utter disbelief from the two. The second time around I ... Read More >>

Gingerbread Tiramisu

If there is one dessert you will make for Christmas, let it be this one. A Gingerbread Tiramisu that can be dressed up as a spectacular slab cake or in a small army of individual glass dessert cups as a rustic after dinner treat that you won't be able to resist. This is my favourite dessert, the one that shall pass my lips on my last day if there is time for it. It is so popular in our home that I make it once every couple of months. Come C... Read More >>

Chocolate Bomba With Tiramisu Cream And Win A Trip To Italy With Lavazza

  I am an Italophile (except when it comes to soccer!). Somewhere along the way I also became a Francophile but - Italy! Day dreaming ensues at the mere mention of that word. I have wanted to go to Tuscany forever and although I have never set foot in the country, I have my own impressions of what I can expect when I am there (thanks to the Internet!). Italy embodies good food, a simple rustic lifestyle, Jamie Oliver, giant tomatoes, br... Read More >>