Chez Shamwari’s inaugural afternoon tea

Saturday 2 July was an exciting day for me as it saw the inaugural afternoon tea at Chez Shamwari.  Attendance at this event was by private invitation only to friends of mine who didn’t mind being guinea pigs to my ‘full dress rehearsal’ of afternoon tea. I thought a...

Coffee and cake

Now to me a cup of coffee is a waste of time unless I’ve got something sweet to eat with it.  That something sweet really needs to be a cake or pud of some sort.  A biscuit, for example, wouldn’t really fit the bill. Saturdays and Sundays I really look...

Nothing goes to waste in this house

I hate wasting any food so am always looking for ideas to use up those bits of leftovers and nothing more so than egg whites.  I seem to always have a lot of egg whites as I make my own ice cream (my signature flavour being my own rendition of “Baileys”!)...

About perfecting recipes

My posting on perfecting my apple pie recipe reminded me of the fact that my brother (P) reckons he has his malva pudding (a South African delicacy) down to fine art. “Practice makes perfect” were his very words to me on providing me with the recipe.  For...

Pefecting apple pie

Today has been all about perfecting that apple pie that I referred to on my first ever posting on this site on 2 June (Hello World!). I am pretty pleased with the result and almost replicated the original from my friend.  I think I had chopped the apples a little bit...

First secret tea room experience

I went to my first secret tea room this afternoon at Cafe Nouveau (http://cafenouveau.wordpress.com/) which was a wonderful experience.  As you may see from my ‘About’ page, I am wanting to launch my own secret tea room cum cafe and this was an opportunity...

More on lemon curd tarts

Well the lemon curd tarts survived the freezer according to the feedback I was given from unsuspecting colleagues at work (see the comments to my posting on 9 June).  From my point of view, however, the lemon curd was certainly OK but I didn’t think the pastry...

Lemon curd tarts

I have a friend coming for the weekend and was thinking about what to do for dinner this Friday night when she arrives.  It’s been a busy old week so thought about what I had in the cupboards and freezer that would be easy to put together but still equally...

Hello world!

I’ve been on a personal mission for probably years (as I come to think about it now) to create the ultimate apple pie.  It began with a ‘Dutch Apple Pie’ I had in South Africa some years ago but then particularly  following a more recent visit there where I had a...