In the kitchen

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Make your own cookie cutters
It can be frustrating when catering for a special event or party and not being able to find nice cookie cutters. During December I made a variety of Christmas cookies - and couldn't find any nice cookie cutters and ended up making my own shapes. Recycled aluminium cans are perfect for making your own cookie cutters.
Gorgeous cupcake bouquets
If you are looking for gift ideas for a BFF or close friend, making a cupcake bouquet is easy if you have a few basic baking and icing skills. Alternatively, you can buy ready made cupcakes and add your own icing to make a cupcake bouquet. Great idea as a party table centrepiece.
Watermelon drinks cooler
Although it doesn't feel like spring in many parts of the country today, this watermelon drinks cooler will definitely come in handy when the temperatures start to soar. It's also a fun way to dress up drinks for a special celebration or party.
Spray on food colouring for cookies and cakes
Add colour and pattern to your cookies and cakes in a convenient spray can with the Colour Mist Spray from Wilton. Spray food colouring is perfect for decorating fondant and sugarpaste, or or adding the final touch to a buttercream creation.
How to make royal icing
So you've seen all those gorgeous cupcakes decorated with royal icing, and hundreds of yummie cookie ideas topped off with royal icing, but still don't know the secret to royal icing. Here's how to make the best royal icing...
How to carve a turkey
Just in time for the festive celebrations, learn how to carve a roast turkey for presentation on your dining table. Below we offer a step-by-step on carving a turkey, as well as a video that demonstrates two ways, one technique for the kitchen and one technique to use at the table.
Some cupcakes are too gorgeous to eat!
Gourmet cupcakes are oh so fashionable at the moment. I have seen my fair share of gorgeous cupcakes, but some cupcakes are just too gorgeous to eat. I recently featured Nicoletta on the Home-Dzine website, and they supply an enormous range of products for designing gourmet cupcakes.
Cake and cupcake decorations
What started as a humble business supplying wedding decor has transformed into a leading name in cake decor. Nicole and Ian, the names behind the Nicoletta brand, place focus on quality and innovation to supply some of the most gorgeous cake decorations on the local market.
Perfect chocolate cake truffles

If you enjoy cooking but quite seem to get it right when it comes to baking - like me - you will really enjoy this simple recipe for chocolate truffles. For these gorgeous chocolate truffles you can use a cake mix, rather than mix up your own and that means it's normally guaranteed to be flop proof!

Make your own cupcake wrappers

It's so easy to make your own cupcake wrappers with scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, and even fabric. Once you have the basic template shape you can put your creative thinking cap on for ways to create and decorate your cupcake wrappers.

How to make your own buttermilk
Making your own buttermilk is easy and it's such a wonderful way to create a wide selection of recipes. Buttermilk is great for making up batter mixes, puddings and cakes. And once you discover how easy it is to make your own buttermilk, you will be whipping up a storm in the kitchen!
Going vegan one night per week
When you think that the average household consumes around 120 kilograms of meat a year, imagine the difference it would make if everyone consumed a single vegetarian meal per week. It's not only good for the environment - it's good for your health too!
Cupcake wrappers for cupcake couture
I decided to do an article about cupcaker liners and wrappings and how you can transform a ho-hum cupcake into a dreamy delicacy fit for any occasion, from birthdays to weddings. And cupcake wrappers are now available in South Africa.
How to cook fresh fish
Intimidated by the head, bones and a perception of complicated rules and techniques many people shy away from cooking fish at home. Follow these few easy steps from Ocean Jewels fish and you’ll forever be spoilt and never again settle for less than super fresh fish cooked to perfection.
Garden fresh herbs every day
These little blocks of goodness are perfect for pasta dishes, to top roasted vegetables, to insert into a roast chicken, season fish, slather meat, throw into smoothies, and add into whatever is your favourite food for the day.
Hard-boiled facts about eggs
Eggs should be kept refrigerated, whether in the shell, egg mixtures or prepared egg dishes. In fact, eggs should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours, and that includes preparation time.
How to store leftovers
If you've have leftover party snacks or large amounts of food from entertaining make sure that you store them correctly.
Coffee that tastes and looks great!
Don't just settle for coffee when you can brew up your own personal coffee blend.
How to cut up a whole chicken
Buying a whole chicken in generally cheaper than buying chicken pieces, plus when you cut up your own whole chicken you can cut it up exactly the way that you want it. Here's how to cut up a whole chicken and save yourself a few Rands.
Cheese platters
A cheese platter needs no occasion, but it is a wonderful addition to any festive gathering. Whether being served as a starter or in the place of a dessert, the secret ingredient is diversity.
Chappatis
A part of Indian cuisine, a chapati is an unleavened bread that is made using chapati flour, or wholewheat flour.
Host a Springbok day
Invite friends and family over for a Springbok party when South Africa plays their next game in the tournament. Here are a few fun suggestions to really get your guests into the spirit of things...
Hello Dolly !
Even though they have just as many calories than a slice of cake, you just feel less guilty.  It’s a bite sized indulgence every woman deserves more than once in awhile, so go for the entire experience !
Are your veggies really clean?
Sounds like a simple concept, but is rinsing them in cold water enough to remove pesticides.  
 
Food safety tips
Food safety is a hot topic for those sweltering summer braais, cookouts and picnics. Follow these food safety tips to keep your family and friends free of foodborne disease.
Oil-free cooking
The new Philips AirFryer is a revolution in home cooking that doesn’t require oil in the cooking process, allowing you to fry a variety of tasty meals which are simple, healthy and fast.
Looking for new packed lunch ideas?
If you're tired of eating peanut butter sandwiches and spending a fortune on lunches, we take a look at some healthy and creative lunch options. Taking the time to prepare and pack a healthy lunch is one of the many ways to trim your budget - and your waistline.
How to handle chicken
With meat becoming more and more a luxury buy, chicken could well be the most affordable food to prepare for your family. However, there are do's and don'ts when it comes to freezing, defrosting, handling and cooking chicken.
Don't throw away the seeds!
Pumkin seeds can be roasted, boiled, dehydrated and even microwaved. They make a healthy snack or a tasty addition to salads, soups, sautéed vegetables and baked goods.

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Sweet Tooth

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ABOVE: Homemade chocolate lamingtons

easter bunny cake

ABOVE: Chocolate and Christmas

easter bunny cake

ABOVE: Red velvet ice cream cake

easter bunny cake

ABOVE: Pumpkin cheesecake

easter bunny cake

ABOVE: Easter bunny cake

ABOVE: Chocolate cups filled with white or dark chocolate mousse

ABOVE: Ideas for Valentine's day treats and gifts

ABOVE: Make a rainbow cake

ABOVE: Valentine's Day cookies

ABOVE: NYE surprise cookies

ABOVE: Christmas cookies

ABOVE: Chocolate amaretti dessert

ABOVE: Gluten-free mince pies

ABOVE: Christmas pudding muffins

ABOVE: Cookie cups

ABOVE: Heart cake

ABOVE: Homemade mint creams

ABOVE: Pumpkin pie

ABOVE: Coconut bakewell tart

ABOVE: Macarons

ABOVE: Jungle theme cupcakes

ABOVE: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

ABOVE: Cake pops

ABOVE: Mini banana loaves

ABOVE: Home made Oreo biscuits

ABOVE: No-bake cheesecake

ABOVE: Chocolate chip cookies for your valentine or the kids!

ABOVE: Valentine treats with a soft heart and chocolate coating.

ABOVE: Nutella chocolate fudge

ABOVE: German stollen

ABOVE: Gingerbread Christmas cookies

ABOVE: Decadent Christmas pudding

ABOVE: 5-minute steamed pudding

ABOVE: Cup cake love - moist and creamy

ABOVE: Melt in your mouth strawberry shortcake.

ABOVE: Cream Cheese and Chocolate Brownies

ABOVE: Make your own nougat

ABOVE: Deliciously sweet and creamy baked custard

ABOVE: Chocolate and caramel lamingtons

ABOVE: Banana and Peanut Loaf

ABOVE: Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

ABOVE: One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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Pasta & Pastry Dishes

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Baked Ravioli

ABOVE: Low-fat macaroni and cheese

Baked Ravioli

ABOVE: Quiche with goat's cheese

Baked Ravioli

ABOVE: Yeast-free pizza with assorted toppings

Baked Ravioli

ABOVE: Chicken and Cheese Macaroni

Baked Ravioli

ABOVE: Baked Ravioli

'Oh-so-easy' Arrabiata Sauce Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Decadent Lasagne with Bacon and Parmesan

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Chicken Dishes

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ABOVE: Crispy chicken with lemon and parsley

ABOVE: Sesame chicken

ABOVE: Sweet ginger and garlic stir-fry

ABOVE: Chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce

ABOVE: Chinese chicken salad

ABOVE: Chicken, mushroom and spinach pie

ABOVE: Cook a perfect roast turkey

ABOVE: Cheesy chicken strips

ABOVE: Beer Butt Chicken

BBQ Chicken Wings

ABOVE: BBQ Chicken Wings

ABOVE: Cure-all Chicken Soup

 

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Meat Dishes

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ABOVE: Pork chops with pineapple and thyme

ABOVE: Grilled sirloin with caramelized onions and cheese topping

ABOVE: Glazed gammon

ABOVE: BBQ pork ribs

ABOVE: Roast pork belly with apple sauce

ABOVE: Lamb sticks with tzatziki

ABOVE: Pork and sweet potato hash

ABOVE: Meatloaf muffins

ABOVE: A selection of potjie recipes

ABOVE: Apple stuffed pork fillets

ABOVE: Moroccan Lamb with Sweet Potatoes

ABOVE: Beef Rissoles with Mash

 

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Fish Dishes

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ABOVE: Grilled trout with baby marrow and herb mayonnaise

ABOVE: Bruschetta with sweet chilli prawns

ABOVE: Bacon Wrapped Fish Bites

 

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Vegetable Dishes

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ABOVE: Grilled peach salad

ABOVE: Broccoli and cheese quiche

ABOVE: Vegetable fritters

ABOVE: Slow roasted tomatoes

ABOVE: Spiced sweet potato wedges

ABOVE: New Potato Salad

ABOVE: Rosemary and Garlic Potatoes

 

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Soups

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ABOVE: Winter-style chicken noodle soup

ABOVE: Roasted tomato soup

ABOVE: Butternut and sweet potato soup

ABOVE: Potato soup

ABOVE: Butternut soup

ABOVE: Pea and ham soup

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