Exploring styles – Minimalist

Minimalist… This week we are going to look at the bare minimum or Minimalist look. It is challenging to still keep it interesting, beautiful and engaging. Often this style of photography is difficult to get right. Photographers are all too eager to pile up the subjects and clutter an image. We are after lots of…

Getting back to basics – exploring styles

I have spent the last few months concentrating on food and cocktails and such on this blog, and while that has been fantastic, I think it’ time to mix things up a bit for this month. So I am going to get back to some basics and look at some different genres and styles within…

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Summer Berries

I made the panna cotta mixture as per the recipe below and filled individual cups, and set aside in the fridge overnight. I served them the next day. I found it easier to do it this way. Requires at least 2 hours to set.  I found it easier to run a knife around the inside…

Fruit and Cheese Platter

There is no recipe here, grab your favourite fruits and some cheeses, maybe a fruit paste – quince, or fig or spiced cherry, place them fresh and pretty on a nice board and share with family and friends. Paired nicely with a lovely glass of wine or chilled bubbly! This one was served at lunch…

Apricot/ Strawberry Turnovers

Apricot & Strawberry Turnovers/Danish Grab some ready-made puff pastry (I used Gluten-free) and let it completely defrost, spread some apricot jam or strawberry jam on the pastry, slice strawberries or apricots and place on the pastry, fold the edges over and place on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle with a little sugar and bake in…

Sung Choi Bao

Sung Choi Bao Light and simple meal, great as a Summer meal or as an appetiser. Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or peanut oil) 300g lean beef mince 300g pork mince 1 clove crushed garlic 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional) 4 green spring onions (Shallots), finely sliced 1 x 230g water chestnuts, drained and…

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse This chocolate mousse is so easy to make and only has two ingredients and takes five minutes (hands-on) to make. Ingredients 450 g chocolate chips or finely chopped dark chocolate with 50-60% cocoa content 300 mls heavy whipping cream Topping: cocoa powder, grated chocolate, or fruits (optional) Instructions melt chocolate in a bowl…

Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honey

This is not exactly difficult, but it is yummy and mostly healthy. Sweet Summer Peaches, slice them in half, remove the stone and centre and then grill them on the stove or BBQ, get that love char-grill lines on the flesh (brings out the sweetness), then serve with yogurt, a little cinnamon sugar and drizzle…

Festive Fridays – Gin and old fashioned lemonade

Let’s get over Christmas and look to the New Year! What better way to do that than an old fashioned Gin & lemonade? Of course, it does not have to be Gin, you do not need the sugar rim either. But light and refreshing with old-fashioned style lemonade. Vodka or white Rum would work well…

Festive Friday – Fruit Mince Pies

One of the things I really enjoy at this time of year is a good old fashioned Fruit Mince Pie, my Nan used to make the best ones and often made an extra batch just for me. I do miss Nan’s Pies, maybe it was the added love that made them special? However, they are…

Festive Friday – Saint Nick-aritas

How about this Christmas a twist on the old margarita? use cranberry juice! Ingredients 30ml tequila 15ml cranberry juice 30ml lime juice 30ml Cointreau 30ml soda water fresh lime wedges (for garnish) Instructions Combine the tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, Cointreau and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Top…

Festive Friday – Mini Plum Puddings

Good old fashion Christmas really does call for a Plum Pudding, doesn’t it? Well in my family it did, and I mean did…Moth and the kids don’t really like it, I cannot because of the ingredients. Quite sad really, I have memories of my Nan putting small coins in the pudding, surprised we didn’t get…