Baking, Eating In

Mocha Cheesecake Tart with Philly Chocolate Cream Cheese

December 22, 2014
Mocha Cheesecake Tart slice and coffee

I do love a good cheesecake. My several cheesecake recipes attest to this. When I was asked to try Philly’s Chocolate Cream Cheese my mind got wandering as I thought of all the possibilities. I wanted to try something different while still staying realistic and, as I also love pastry, I thought I would make a chocolate short crust pastry with a no bake cheesecake filling. Easy as pie (sorry that was terrible). I found a wonderfully simple pastry recipe at SBS food, so it was all systems go from there. Continue Reading…

Eating Out, Italy, Travel

Sorrento Food Tour

December 17, 2014
Italian Deli

 

 

One of the things I was most looking forward to about our visit to Italy was the food. As we had two days in Sorrento, it seemed the perfect time to do a food tour. After my food truck tour in Vancouver I was very keen to do a tour that would allow me to eat like a local, especially somewhere in Sorrento which I’m sure has it’s tourist traps.

We met our guide from Sorrento Food Tours outside a beautiful old church easily located in one of the town piazzas. As it was 10.30 in the morning we started with a pastry dish that is light as a feather, beautifully crisp and filled with soft pillows of cream. Continue Reading…

Visual Feasts

Vietnamese Inspired Summer Salad

November 30, 2014
Vietnamese Inspired Summer Salad

 

Warmer evenings mean lighter meals are needed and, for us, that generally means more salads. This is a salad inspired by my recent obsession with Banh Mi, the Vietnamese Baguette, and features coriander and a dressing that slightly replicates the pickled vegetables found in the delicious lunch time treat.

Look out for the recipe soon!

Breakfast, Eating In

Christmas Breakfast Idea: Goat Cheese & Salmon Bagels

November 26, 2014
goastcheesesalmonbagels

This year has flown by! With just under a month until Christmas (say what?) I have been thinking about some of my family Christmas traditions. I come from a family of food lovers and Christmas was, and is, always a huge event. Christmas Eve is spent eating antipasti – we eat light the night before because we know we are going to over indulge the next day. Continue Reading…

Italy, Travel

Getting Lost in Venice

October 2, 2014
Canal view

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost”. What a perfect way to describe the time we spent in Venice, exploring the canals and alleyways and absorbing the sights and sounds of one of the worlds most beautiful cities.  Continue Reading…

Dubai, Travel

Dubai: Spices and Silks

September 29, 2014
Spice Souq Dubai

We arrived in Dubai at 5.30 in the morning, luckily we were able to secure an early check-in at our hotel, and although our room is not ready, we are able to sit and have some much needed food and coffee as well as be treated to some beautiful views of the city from the pool deck. Continue Reading…

Visual Feasts

Lioness, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

September 19, 2014
lioness

Flash back Friday! I can’t believe how long ago it was that we travelled back to my home land. Current news stories do not always paint Zimbabwe in a particularly pleasant light which makes me sad as this is country full of people with huge hearts. It is also a country full of some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife on the planet. I would actively encourage anyone to travel to Zimbabwe to experience the beauty that is has to offer.

Happy Friday everyone.

Desserts, Eating In

Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Popcorn

September 12, 2014
chocolate cheesecake with salted caramel popcorn

I don’t think I will get sick of the salted caramel craze that is currently taking the world by storm. The mix of decadently sweet and salt, makes it just so ‘moreish’.

When we dined at Ezard a few weeks ago, one of my favourite desserts was a wonderfully salty caramel popcorn teamed with a dark chocolate. Cue light bulb moment in my head as I needed to bake something for work…everyone loves a cheesecake and I thought a dark chocolate cheesecake with a salted caramel topping would work well.  Continue Reading…

Visual Feasts

Christchurch, New Zealand

September 1, 2014
185 chairs Christchurch

Last week, I was lucky enough to travel to Christchurch for a week. I had a fantastic time, met some awesome people and ate at some lovely restaurants (post coming soon).

It was my first time walking around the Christchurch CBD since the earthquake in February 2011, and it was quite eerie walking past empty pieces of land where buildings used to stand. Continue Reading…