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How to pack a salad

You know what the problem is. You make a fresh salad the evening before and put it in the fridge. Alas, when you open it the next day at work for lunch... those crispy leafy greens have turned all tired and wilted. That unappealing sight is what makes …

Delicate and delectable Madeleines

  Personally, I blame Marcel Proust.   Were it not for his 2000 (give a take a few) words long description of Madeleines in Remembrance of Things Past (also known as In Search of Lost Time), I would have never fallen in love with these …

The art of boiling an egg

Did you just raise your eyebrows and snicker, in a mistaken conviction that anyone can boil an egg? Well, there’s more to it than meets the eye. If you want to really master the art (science?) of boiling an egg, brace yourself for a steep (but not …

Best braai recipe competition | closed

Prepare your braai tools and get ready for another epic celebration of our Heritage Day this Tuesday, 24 September!   Heritage Day is one of South Africa's most colourful public holidays, because it celebrates the diversity of cultures that make …

15-minute microwave chocolate cake

Nothing tastes as good as a chocolate... Except, perhaps, a chocolate cake. This one is easy to make and therefore suitable for chefs with low to medium chocolate cake making …

Upside down pineapple cake

Who says comic books are just a frivolous entertainment? Besides being capable of attaining great artistic heights, they can be valuable in some practical ways too.   As an admirer of Asterix, I was fortunate to find several old Gaul recipes in …

Oat and Cheddar cheese biscuits

I admit it. When it comes to consuming, in a patisserie or such, I go for the most decadent chocolaty or (preferably and) creamy treats. But when it comes to making something with my own hands for the consumption of my family, I go for (at least half-way) …

Meringue crush

I don’t care what all those “easy-to-make-meringue” recipes say. This divine delicacy cannot be made. Not by ordinary humans.   Being an ordinary human, I know. I have wasted a mountain of egg whites only to get a sad, brownish goo, instead of …

Mexican bread

  I admit it; I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination.   However, it is always fun to try things out. After all, a change in one's routine is as good as a holiday (they say).   So, last night I set out to do …

The recipe test – mince flan