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Avocado Pannacotta with a Pineapple & Star Anise Compote

Avocado Pannacotta with a Pineapple & Star Anise Compote

Apart from TrickyRicky liberally sprinkling his Avocado with sugar in the mornings for breakfast, I really haven’t used this fruit in sweet dishes.  I loved this challenge and was ecstatic with the results.  I guess that a Panacotta is a bit predictable from an Italian household, but none the less I had a ball inventing […]

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Rather decadent Chocolate Tart!

Decadent Chocolate Tart

  Where, oh where does time go!  This month has been action packed in la casa Tripepi.  TrickyRicky has undergone neck surgery, I had a wonderful weekend visit with my bestie Carol in Underberg, Max broke his wrist and Daniele returned from his holiday in Europe to surprise TrickyRicky for father’s day!  It seems that […]

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Cannoli Siciliani ... the perfect way to say Thank You on Mother's Day xx

Cannoli Siciliani ……. with love on Mother’s Day

This is a time that makes me reflect on the many ‘mothers’ I have known. And I use the word ‘mother’ in a very broad sense. One does not have to give birth to be a mother. I have been ‘mothered’ by so many incredible women over the years. I think of the many ‘nannies’ […]

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A glass of African Sunshine ... Mango and Vanilla Smootie!

Light & Lean: Fat Free Mango & Vanilla Smoothie only 57Calories!

  I am having a bit of a day here!  There are so many awesome dessert posts going up on Food24 at the moment that the little sugar dependent demon that lives on my left shoulder is having a field day.  She keeps poking her demon finger into my ear telling me to eat chocolate!  […]

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Bread & Butter Pudding Italian Style made with Colomba and filled with Nutella and Pears  .....

Today is World Nutella Day ….

I just HAD to pop in and say Happy World Nutella Day!  I am on Die-t and am fantasising day and night about bathing in beautiful Roman Bathes filled with oozing warm nutty ‘Killer-litres’ of runny, orgasmic, dopamine producing, chocolaty Nutella!  I am going to try and hypnotise myself into BELIEVING that I have actually done […]

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Perfect for a hot summers day Orange Caramels

Flan de Naranja Recipe …. a Dessert that can Beat the Durban Heat!

I always find it nigh impossible to break the ice after a long lay-off! Jan, the hedonist wages a fierce yet useless battle with Jan, the organised-disciplined mum, wife, worker, blogger, cook cum general factotum! All this battle seems to achieve is a Jan that’s frozen stiff. This happens every year! I am not comfortable […]

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Dinner Divas: My Semi-Finals Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Menu and Recipes.

So what is a day like on the set of Dinner Divas? It’s looong and quite exhausting but at the end of it your adrenlin levels are just so high that you feel like you have consumed a hundred cups of coffee. My mind was a bee-hive of buzzing and I was constantly running through […]

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Creamy Cappuccinno Heaven

Cappuccino Ice Cream Recipe and my Dinner Divas Appearance

  Cappuccino Ice Cream fit for Diva’s   Settling the Nerves Cappuccino Ice Cream : I wrote this post on 23 August, the evening of my elimination round in Dinner Divas when I got back to my hotel room. I am an early riser as most of you know, but the looming Dinner Divas contest […]

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Pesche Affogate ... peaches poached in Italian Sparkling Wine, Lambrusco.

Lights, Camera, Action … Cooking up a Storm with I Love Cooking.

I don’t know why I bothered to go to bed really.  I hardly slept a wink, switching the television off and on several times in an effort to hypnotise myself into Lalla Land with some benign late night news.  I must have nodded off from sheer exhaustion at around 3.30 am and at 4.00am was […]

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Halvas Fourno served with Greek Yoghurt and Honey

Halva Fourno a Greek Orange and Semolina Cake

Well, that was the most fabulous weekend ever!  Karen and I took a slow drive up to Underberg via the Rotunda in Cedara where we stopped to buy lemons for the tequila that was waiting for us upon our arrival in Underberg.  It’s our traditional welcoming libation and cannot be consumed without juicy lemon wedges.  […]

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