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Monkey Bread

EASE OF PREPARATION:  Easy, Moderate, Complex A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason feel free to stir your own ideas into this dish. When you cook it once, […]


Gary’s Spicy Open Chicken Sandwich

Chefs tip Remember the chicken thigh tastes great – does not tend to dry out like the breast and of course represents good value for money. Ingredients 2 slices good whole wheat or sour dough bread 200g boneless Chicken thigh 1/2 tsp Tumeric 1 tsp Coriander, ground 1 tsp Cumin 1 clove Garlic 1cm piece […]

Chuck's Day Off

Braised Port Lamb Shanks

Yield : 4 servings Note : Can be made 1 day ahead. Let lamb cool then place in the refrigerator covered. Reheat in 350°F oven for 1/2 hour before serving.) Easy, Moderate, Complex Ingredients 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (15 ml) 1 tablespoon fennel seeds (15 ml) 1 teaspoon black peppercorns (5 ml) 1 tablespoon of […]


Springbok Pie With Apricot Compote

  Recipe 1 kg Springbok goulash 3 bay leaves 2 cloves 6 whole black peppercorns 500ml vegetable stock 1/3 – ½ cup olive oil 250g mushrooms, quartered 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced ½ cup dry sherry salt to taste 1 medium leek 4 carrots roughly chopped 100g bacon 10g thyme 2 rolls puff pastry Method […]


Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

Prep Time: 45minsCook Time: 45minsServes: 8 – 12 Instructions: For the crust: 1 stick cold butter, cut into pea size pieces 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling dough 1 egg yolk Pinch salt 2 to 4 tablespoons cold water For the curd: 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice […]

Fearless in the Kitchen

Mascarpone and Pistachio in mini Tuile Cones

Tuile is French for tile. It’s a thin crisp cookie that can be shaped when warm from the oven. Ingredients Tuile Batter 1/3 cup melted butter  1 egg white 1/3 cup icing sugar  6 tbsp. flour  2 tbsp. lemon juice Grated zest of 1 lemon Mascarpone Cheese Filling ¾ cup mascarpone ¼ cup ricotta ¼ […]


Stamped Bon-Bon Box

Requirements Basic yellow cardstock Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro Scoreboard and scoring tool Stamp of your choice with stamping block Black Inkpad for stamping Glue or doublesided tape Scizzors or craft knife Quilling tool Quilling paper (Red, yellow, green) Toothpick, wooden skewer or quilling tool Black organza ribbon Paper punch Black koki Ruler 3D (Foam) tape […]

Chuck's Day Off

Shortrib Ravioli & Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Chuck Hughes’ short rib ravioli with creamy mushroom sauce are so rich that your taste buds will scream with pleasure. Easy, Moderate, Complex Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 4 hours 45 minutes Inactive prep time: 8 hours 30 minutes Yields: 6 servings Ingredients SHORTRIB 4 pieces short ribs, 2″ cut 4 cups red wine […]