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A delightful Terrine with summer berries!

February 12, 2014 in desserts

summer berries

For me Valentine’s Day reminds me of my first love, being carefree and it also  reminds me of long warm summer days spent under the mulberry trees (with my first love), eating mulberries until our fingers, toes and mouths were one big purple mess!

I love summer berries in a variety of dishes and during the cold winter months when it is impossible to get the fresh ones, I use frozen berries. My favorite warm puddings are without a doubt this Bread Pudding with Berries and this Upside down berry pudding. Summer berries lend a fresh tartness to recipes, even in savory dishes, whether it is a Goats Cheese salad a gooseberry dressing or watermelon carpaccio with black berries. I know berries can be a bit pricey if you do not have the luxury of having your own little orchard, but sometimes just a few berries brings a wonderful festivity to a dish!There are so many recipes for berry terrines, but I think what makes my terrine unique is that I used the Leopards Leap Muscat De Frontignan which is from their exclusive Culinaria Collection, and that is pretty special!

A terrine with Summer berries

summer Berries

Semifredo Cheesecakes for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Semifredo Cheesecakes

If the path to a man’s heart goes through his stomach then I think desserts are to be found on this path often, at least to my husband’s heart. With Valentine’s Day 2 sleeps away, I think it is only apt that I share this totally decadent, yet ridiculously easy dessert recipe with you. Seriously, there is nothing complicated about this recipe……a few store bought ingredients and voila, you have a sure way to win your loved one’s heart…..
My husband is particularly fond of ice-cream or frozen desserts, although while typing this, I remembered that he also loves cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and fridge tarts…… not hard to please as you can see! Imagine if I could combine a few of his favorite desserts in one. I can just see him devouring this dessert, loving every minute of it. While February is the month of love and Tuesday 14 February is Valentine’s Day, why not spoil the love in your life while at the same time spoiling yourself with as little time in the kitchen as possible.

When making these individual cheesecakes, you can either use metal stacking rings or you can ask you dad or your husband to cut clean plumbing pipe in 10-15 cm rounds for you OR you use cardboard and baking paper and make your own moulds like I have done. Simply cut 30 x 10cm strips of cardboard and baking paper and lay the baking paper strip on the cardboard strip and wrap it around a small bottle with the the desired diameter that you want your cheesecake to be, securing it with a piece of string. Place all the moulds on a smallish tray that will fit into the fridge. Remember, the moulds have no bottoms, the tray forms the bottom so the cheesecakes must stay on the tray until they have set.

Before we go on to the recipe, I have to reveal a little secret……promise not to tell anyone? The secret is this: There is not a drop or an ounce of cheese in this cheesecake, yet everyone at my table thought there was.

Summer on a plate

Continue reading if you want to see the delight and amazement on your guests faces……


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Countdown to Christmas menu – Festive Fruit Lollies

December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Count down to Christmas? Happy days my friend, we are 6 days away from Christmas and hopefully in two days, I will be joining my family for our very short holiday. By now my mom’s kitchen will be running almost 24/7 in preparation for our Christmas Feast! Our holiday has barely started and yet we have had so many parties and farewells and year-end functions that my body is already saying: “hands-up!”

I cannot remember when I last I felt hungry sitting down for a meal, I also find it difficult to skip a meal because it is a very tough call to decline some of the delicious food on offer. What is the solution then? I started looking for healthier alternatives, food and desserts that are still delicious to eat, but just a little lighter on the calories. Not so difficult after all. I know this time of the year it is easy to eat salads and grill some fish which are both healthier options, but it is a dessert department that causes the most havoc in my life. Who can resist a creamy, dreamy pavlova or a trifle or your own homemade ice-cream? Sadly though, these desserts all have one goal and that is to find the quickest path to my hips and thighs where they will just pile up and stay!

There is a solution and you will find it on My Easy Cooking!

Fruit Lollies

Festive Fruit Lollies

Countdown to Christmas Menu – Ice Cream Desserts

December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Caramel Ice Cream Pies

In our Countdown to Christmas, I could not resist adding another dessert to our already packed dessert buffet for Christmas. We already have mom’s trifle, a Festive Meringue Roulade, Christmas Pudding complete with pennies, but we almost forgot the ice cream. Fatal mistake, I know, but luckily I thought about it just in time. The children will most definitely pass on the Christmas Pudding (maybe they will look for the pennies), so there has to be some delicious ice-cream for them to enjoy.
Let the truth be known, what actually made me think of the flavor combinations of these ice cream desserts, was my recent trip to my hairdresser. Strange but true. You see, Nina ( that’s moi) is fortunate to now have a personal hairdresser. Yes, Maverick Hair in Sea Point came on board the My Easy Cooking team and they will in future keep me in tip-top shape. Fancy schmancy, yeah! Well, what does all this have to do with ice cream? When the very talented Ciske asked me about hair colors, she knew exactly which buttons to push….caramel, ginger, chocolate, nutty….. Let me be honest with you, hair color was the furthermost from my mind, ice cream was!

Ginger and Caramel Ice cream Loaf

If you are adventurous enough this time of the year, you are most welcome to try making your own ice cream with this easy recipe, but if I have to choose between churning my own ice-cream or walking on the beach, it is a no brainer which one I will chose.
What would you say if I told you with only three ingredients, you can make 2 lovely ice cream desserts for your Christmas day or if it seems a little too over the top, try at least one of them. Easy peasy, trust me! Time is running out, let’s make it quick!

You will need: ( for one of the recipes, so if you make both, double up)

1 packets of ginger nut biscuits
1 tin of dulce de leche or Nestle Caramel
1 liter good quality vanilla ice-cream

Ice Cream Pies

Ice Cream Pies

Soften the ice cream in a big bowl and mix the tin of caramel in with the ice cream. Now make sandwiches with the biscuits using two biscuits on either end. Freeze until ready to eat.

Ginger and Caramel  Ice Cream Loaf

Crush ½ the packet of biscuits and mix in with ½ of the ice-cream. Place back in the freezer. Take the caramel from the tin and spoon about 3/4 onto a layer of foil. Shape into a thin log and roll up. Place in freezer. Spoon the ice cream with the biscuits into a loaf tin that is lined with plastic film. Place the caramel log in the middle and then spoon the other ½ (plain) of the ice cream on top. Flatten with a spatula and place in freezer until you are ready to serve. When you want to plate up, simply place a warm cloth over the bottom of the loaf tin and wait for ice-cream to release. Drizzle with more caramel and serve in slices!

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