Matcha Gold Passionfruit Bonbons in Dark Chocolate

Once again, I've recently given up "hard" caffeine ( i.e coffee and black tea ) in an attempt to restore some natural energy balance to my body. It was not as hard as I thought it would be and I think matcha tea is to thank for that! I've been playing with different varieties of matcha and found an excellent company in London, Lalani & Co., who supplies all sorts of teas, but some really excellent Matcha powders too. In this recipe I am using … [Read more...]

Raspberry Pistachio Linzer Cookies

You gotta love a cookie sandwich! And these are so pretty and refined, making them ideal for Valentines Day. In terms of actual time in the kitchen these are relatively quick, the only thing that's time consuming doesn't require you to be there - the drying. The jam is made from fresh berries and thickened using a little freeze dried fruit powder, which keeps that fresh flavour and a natural consistency, like jam. Whereas using something like … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Squares

Truth be told, I'm not a Valentines Day chick, but I love having a purpose for creating new recipes and holidays are awesome excuses to mess about in the kitchen. My intention this year is to keep all my recipes very simple, but aesthetically delightful and... mission accomplished, friends! Aren't they so pretty?!? The red velvet cake is soft and sweet, rich and deeply chocolatey, a touch of lemon juice gives a slight acidity to bring out the … [Read more...]

Coffee Truffles with Hazelnut and Cinnamon

I've been really excited about posting this recipe and I have been "sitting on it" since before Christmas. I was testing these at the beginning of December and gifting them to friends, basically anyone I saw got a box. Everyone who tried them, including my two young nephews, loved them! My nephews have refined palates and enjoy the finer tastes in life, such as, coffee, hazelnut and cinnamon joined in chocolatey harmony. These really are … [Read more...]

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

I find that trail mix is one of those things that generally tends to miss the mark somehow when you buy it in the shops. The dried fruit usually it too much raisin and not enough cool stuff, not to mention the dried fruits will have been treated with something to keep them soft and sweetened with gross sugars. The nuts are never in the balance that I like... Maybe I am being high maintenance here, but I can be, seeing as I am a chef. I feel like … [Read more...]