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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: Finals Challenge #1 … the Show Must Go On!

I spent so much time agonising over my decision to enter Dinner Divas.  Entering meant signing a contract that could mean that I would have to miss my dearest nephew Claudio’s wedding to the love of his life Jennifer.  Actually, electing to miss such a special ‘Tripepi family occasion’ did not come easily to me.  […]

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Dinner Divas : The First Challenge of the Finals .... it's a Mystery!

Dinner Divas : The First Challenge of the Finals …. it’s a Mystery!

Don’t forget Turn on the telly! at 08.30am Have a cappuccino …. and some biscotti! as you watch the First of the Finals Challenges! Hint:  It’s a mystery As always Buon Appetito Xxx jan

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Nonna Lilly’s Christmas Biscotti

Oh I just love this time of year. I moan and groan about the crowds in my supermarket and the traffic and the rain, but deep down I have a warm ember glowing and it’s called Christmas. TrickyRicky is a fanatic! He turns from an emotional, semi-level headed (if there IS such a thing) Italian […]

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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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Filet Americain served in a nest of Pomme Fritte

Filet Americain a Belgian Beauty!

At this time of the year when Durban is hot and steamy here on the East Coast of South Africa, Fillet Americain or Steak Tartare as you probably know it; finds its primal way onto the dinner table in la casa Tripepi. When I met TrickyRicky back in the 70’s, the very idea of eating […]

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Tuna & Mushroom Pasta Sauce.

Spaghetti al Tonno, 10 minute Tuna, Mushroom and Tomato Spaghetti

Tuna & Mushroom Pasta Sauce. TrickyRicky and I have been paragons of virtue for the last few weeks; surviving of a standard breakfast of bran flakes that taste like cardboard, lunching on meat free summer salads and dining at night on simply cooked meat with steamed vegetables. We surely qualify for an award of some […]

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Mfino & Ricotta Quiche is ideal for a summer lunch or your picnic basket!

Mfino & Ricotta Quiche Recipe …. The Dinner Diva Semi-Finals Begin!

  I am an ardent fan of Kobus van der Merwe’s blog, Sardines on Toast.   I envy his ability, and more to the point, the opportunity he gets to create delicate and artistic plates of food anointed with what can only be described as ‘soupçons’ of exquisite flavours.  His use of indigenous plants and foraged […]

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Duck & Pork Rillette with Port Prunes & Green Peppercorns

Duck and Pork Rillette with Port Prunes and Green Peppercorns, Perfect for a Christmas lunch.

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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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