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Piped Chocolate Garnishes

A decorative piping of chocolate makes for a pretty garnish on top of a tart, cake or individual dessert. There are classic patterns to follow and repetition and practice are   the key. It’s just like learning to draw using chocolate. Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped Method Melt the chocolate in […]

Chuck's Day Off

Chocolate Truffles

Easy, Moderate, Complex Yields: 40 truffles Ingredients For the chocolate truffles : 1 1/2 cup chopped good quality dark chocolate (375 ml) 1 cup 35 % cream (250 ml) 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 1 cup pecans (250 ml) 1/2 cup maple syrup (125 ml) For the topping : 1 cup good quality melted dark […]

Cook Yourself Thin USA

Penne a la Vodka

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus extra for serving 3 cloves garlic, smashed with the flat of a large knife 1/2 cup chopped red onion 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or whole tomatoes in juice, pureed in a food processor Pinch red pepper flakes 8 ounces penne 1/4 cup whipping […]

At Home

Upside-down rhubarb and ginger cake

Serves 8/ Vegetarian Ingredients 50g (2 oz) butter 250g (9oz) brown sugar 350g (12oz) rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 2cm (3/4 in) chunks 200g (7oz) plain flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 eggs 200ml (7fl oz) buttermilk or sour milk 75ml (2 ¾ fl oz) vegetable or […]

Cook Yourself Thin

Prawn & Vegetable Tempura

Gizzi: “The idea is that such a light batter doesn’t absorb nearly the amount of oil as normal fish and chips. Plus you will be eating better veggies for you that absorb less oil too, and not eating the sugary and fatty sauces.” Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 12 large tiger prawns, peeled with tail ends kept […]


Full Frontage

Imagine you’re trying to sell your home but it lacks street appeal. A house that suffers from an ugly or unusable frontage will not get top dollar. With real estate success story Mike Pero, and top landscape designer Justin Newcombe leading the charge, the Full Frontage team are here to help to transform front yards […]


Home Made Easy – Nautical

  Follow @BuildersFan The nautical theme is very popular, even amongst the city folk and this week on Home Made Easy, we look at ways to create a successful coastal garden.  Ryan makes a decorative sailor’s mast and Elle gives a bedroom a chic nautical theme by painting some wooden oars. Part 1 – Gardening (Tanya) […]


Bicoloured Celery and Beet Potage

Ease of preparation: Easy Preparation time : 25 minutesCooking time: 1 hour and 30 minutesServes : 6 Ingredients Beet Potage 4 medium beets, cut in halves 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic glove, chopped 1 tbsp (15 ml) of olive oil 2 tbsp (30 ml) of cider vinegar 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable broth Celery Potage 2 ½ […]