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Connor's Birthday Cake

Being a Granny to a 2 year old has certain duties attached to it... one of them being the making of a birthday cake! I love birthday cakes, especially those that don’t come from some shop but are home-made. So there I was last week with the task to produce a “beach cake”.. as Connor and family live next to the beach it was definitely the way to go. I am fortunate enough to live in Cape Town where we have a shop that just does baking stuff and equipment ! ( Baking Tin in Claremont). Having scoured the shop for anything beachy I started the elimination of my chocolate recipes in the many books lining my shelves and decided on the absolute yummiest one I could find which is David Lebowitz . This recipe comes out of his wonderful book called “The Sweet Life in Paris” and can be bought here from

For the beach cake:

250 g bittersweet or semisweet chocolate ( I used half & half)
8 tbsp ( 120 g) unsalted butter
1/3 cup ( 65 g) sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature separated
2 tbsp…

Coronation Chicken

Last Saturday was the annual Moonstruck charity event on 4th beach Clifton. What a great event and thank goodness we  went early and found a lekker spot against the rocks as it ended up being 36 000 people on that beach. The concert was organised by Radio 702 and one of the performers was Vivky Samson who finished her her set with her signature song that makes every expat overseas homesick with a dose of "wet eyes" - My African Dream - brings goosebumps every time I hear it. No vino allowed unfortunately but we all brought some nice munchies. One of my friends had Coronation Chicken. I must say it was the first time I ate this really nice way of using up day old chicken as with me having done my apprentiship in a German kitchen,  there was definitely no coronation :):):):).... We had something similar and called it Hawaien Chicken Salad..

So here goes with the South African version of Coronation Chicken:


2 either freshly cooked or day-old chicken breasts
1 large…


My sister lives in Brussels and this is one of her favourite meals for lunch and she kindly passed her recipe on to me. The combination of beef and chorizo works so well and gives the whole meal a bit of a zing which I love. ( I am not too fond of those extreme hot sort of dishes which most South Africans love so much). Having received one of those amazing Smoking Shed hampers last Sunday at the Food Bloggers Indaba, I also added a spoon of smoked bell pepper to the soup part of the dish.. and it made it WOW ..:)J


1/2 lblean ground beef
1/2 lbchorizo sausage, casing removed 
1egg, beaten
2garlic cloves, minced
1/2carrot, grated
1/2 cupcooked rice
1/2 cup coriander, chopped
1/2 teaspoonsalt
1/4 teaspoonpepper
1 teaspoonground cumin

6 cupschicken stock
 1/2 cuponion, chopped
3 stalkscelery, cut in chunks
1 candiced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoonground cumin
1 teaspoonoregano
1/2 cupcoriander
1 teaspoon smoked bell pepper (Smoking Shed’s)
1 largezucchini, sliced

Make the m…

Tapenade Dressing

Yes I know...  its been 3 months of silence... ! so very sorry !  Now I have moved home back to Hout Bay and am ready to tackle the world of blogging once more in a big way ! Also joined SureSlim again and even better am going 3 times a week to water arobics ! so 2011 will definitely be the year of health and happiness ! So looking forward to Sunday at the food bloggers conference in Monkey Valley which is really just around the corner from me.
Seeing that these coming weeks / months will be more on the skinny food side here is an amazing recipe for a dressing that i found and tried out:
Tapenade Dressing

This super-easy dressing will make even the most boring of lettuces taste amazing, but it would also be great on arugula, spinach, for just about any salad green.  Garnish with toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, and feta cheese or hard boiled eggs ( for the protein)  for a more substantial salad.  Grilled or marinated vegetables would most certainly be a great idea as well..

2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. ta…