How do I keep the Doctor away, with a Banana of course.

So much to say about one of my very favorite desserts, mm let me see, bananas, cream, pastry, creme anglaise, fluffy and downright delicious. Oh my what could be better.  A very dear friend of mine who will remain nameless says her favorite dessert is banana cream pie. For me, it is a close run…

To barbecue or not?

Here comes a favourite – chicken, sweet and special, on the grill! It’s that time of year again! When all you wanna be chefs don your aprons, clean up the barbecue, make ready the food and cook away.  My favorite food, I just have to tell you, is barbecue. From Legs of lamb, to stuffed…

Pulled pork gets a slow cook

“Deep in the heart of Texas”. A song, yes, but also the home to a regional flavour. There are many variances of pulled pork, from smoked to barbecued to slow cooked, all typically using the harder pieces of the pig to cook. You could cook anywhere from a whole pig down to a shoulder. This…

Profiteroles will jazz up your dessert menu

To me, profiteroles are something special. They are light, they have chocolate, they have creme anglaise. If they are made correctly, the crispness of the pastry coupled with the light flavour of the cream dipped in hot chocolate sauce are a luscious climax to any meal. And you can jazz up that rich offering in…

Duck an old favourite to be enjoyed

The other day that I was chatting with a friend while shopping and noticed that duck was on offer. It had been a long time since I enjoyed fresh duck. Sure, I have had crispy duck, Peking duck and other such treats but not the joy of a good home-cooked roast duck. To me simple…

A summer treat for any day

With summer upon us it is always nice to sit outside in the warm evenings take in the last of the days rays and enjoy a sweet dessert. Enjoy this warming dessert with friends and loved ones, or even on your own. Sometimes a summer treat is all that is needed to bring a smile…

Fricassee is not just about left-overs

Sometimes, only sometimes, I feel a little like a rabbit on the go, like the ever-ready bunny, always doing one thing or another. Something, you see, is always happening in the kitchen any time of year, from pastries to pies, cookies to puddings: it’s a non-stop shop. All the preparations of the festive season leave…