Chocolate Sauce for Churros

Churros or Farturas in abundance.

To the Spanish and Mexicans¬† it’s Churros – to the Portuguese it’s Farturas. Many of us have¬† heard of, seen or tasted these in some form or another. Churros were originally a twisted u-shape but through the years they have … Continue reading Churros or Farturas in abundance.

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The Ultimate Christmas Pavlova and the Magic of Christmas

[ti_audio name=”Magic” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″ randomize=”1″] Christmas time is magical…and so is this dessert. The Ultimate Christmas Pavlova. Pavlova is a crispy, crusty meringue-based dessert with a soft, light and slightly chewy inside. It was first created in honour of Anna Pavlova, the Russian ballet dancer when she toured New Zealand and Australia in the 1920’s. Today it’s a traditional festive dessert in Australia and New Zealand. One of the things we all have in common is that feeling of warmth and happiness when you spend Christmas with loved ones sharing and creating new traditions. Where there is good cheer, … Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Pavlova and the Magic of Christmas

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Chilli Bites and chilly weather

[ti_audio name=”Ambient” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″ volume=”30″] Generally I am a fan of all things chilli! Chilli Bites are one of my favourite snacks. The only thing ‘chilli’ I don’t like is chilly weather. I am glad that Summer has arrived and we can now head off to the beach with our picnic basket filled with little nibbly bits. One of my favourite lazy day spots is the beach. Soaking up the sun, feeling the sand between my toes, listening to the waves beating on the rocks…sipping iced tea or an ice-cold beer shandy and snacking on finger food. I like … Continue reading Chilli Bites and chilly weather

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Cape Malay Culinary Experience

[ti_audio name=”Cape Town” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″] I am thoroughly enjoying the beauty of Cape Town, its diversity, its moody climate, its people and its flavours. Everyday I learn and see new things all around me and I just can’t get enough. I am surprised to hear that some people who’ve lived here all their lives have never visited places right around the corner from them. We are creatures of habit and comfort zones. Often we find ourselves visiting the same places at the same time on the same day over and over. One of the things that my husband and … Continue reading Cape Malay Culinary Experience

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Thirsty Thursday #9

Fruity Sangria You will not find a ‘fiesta’ anywhere without a couple of pitchers of Sangria on the table. The word Sangria stems from the spanish word ‘sangre’ which means blood. Considering the deep red colour of this fruity drink, it makes perfect sense. A ceramic pitcher is the traditional ware for a sangria, but a regular glass jug may also be used. I actually like the glass jug because it shows off the beautiful colours of the fruit and wine. If you have red wine, some fruit and a little fizzy something lying around in your kitchen then you … Continue reading Thirsty Thursday #9

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Lusito Land – aromas and sounds of Portugal part1

Get ready for a sensory overload! The Lusito Land Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Lusito Portuguese Association for the Challenged. 100% of all funds raised from the Lusito Land Festival go directly into the maintenance and building of the Lusito School for the Challenged in the south of Johannesburg. Currently, the school cares for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and Down’s Syndrome. For more information, please visit the Lusito Association website at http://www.lusitoassociation.org.za. The Lusito Land Festival takes place every year during the Easter period and runs for about a week. I went to … Continue reading Lusito Land – aromas and sounds of Portugal part1

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A Toast by any other name…

Ok, I know…not another French toast recipe! But this simple recipe remains one of my favourite. I cannot believe how many countries use bread as the main ingredient for desserts and all the different names they have for French Toast. It’s a cosmopolitan treat. It has got to say something about good old bread; basic, simple living and how important traditions are, right? We make these for Christmas, Easter and New Year celebrations. I think I broke that tradition though because I make them so often. I really let them soak in the syrup! Hmmm… I wish I could add … Continue reading A Toast by any other name…

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