Perfecting a classic- Honey Creme Brulee

I haven't yet met someone that doesn't like creme brulee with it's thin, crunchy, glass-like caramel sugar layer topping a silky smooth custard- it really is the perfect dessert that can be served warm (winter comfort food!) or cold in the summer with fresh berries. So how to improve on an already perfect dish? The … Continue reading Perfecting a classic- Honey Creme Brulee

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A Cool Summer Treat- Melon, Mint & Passionfruit!

It is a real treat during those long, hot summer days feasting on juicy wedges of melon straight from the fridge- how cool and refreshing! You really couldn't go wrong with the flavours of watermelon, rockmelon, passionfruit and mint- sweet and zingy! Ripe cubes of rockmelon marinated in passionfruit pulp sit in a sweet watermelon puree flavoured … Continue reading A Cool Summer Treat- Melon, Mint & Passionfruit!

The Emergency Panna Cotta Birthday Cake

It was my mother's birthday last week and I fully intended to surprise her with a grand two-layered strawberry and blueberry cheesecake with a dark Oreo cookie crust. It would be tinged pink and purple with the puree of fresh strawberries and blueberries, and decorated with a gorgeous mound of ripe cherries, strawberries and juicy blueberries. … Continue reading The Emergency Panna Cotta Birthday Cake

Jeweled Raspberry Cheesecake Tart

Doesn't pomegranate seeds look like little beads of shiny red jewels? I cannot believe that I have neglected this beautiful fruit all along- it fits perfectly into what I look for in cake decorations: it has a vibrant colour, is easy to use and a pleasure to eat! The sweet yet tangy burst of flavour … Continue reading Jeweled Raspberry Cheesecake Tart

Sunny Sweet Potato Swiss Roll

You might not believe me, but vegetables and desserts can work together- especially in this Swiss roll featuring a creamy filling of sweet potato! As a matter of fact, sweet potato has long been a popular dessert flavour in Asian countries- cakes and breads containing sweet potato can readily be found in Korean, Japanese and … Continue reading Sunny Sweet Potato Swiss Roll

A Farewell with a Peach and Mango Mousse Cake

For a great send-off morning-tea of a wonderful friend and her exciting travels abroad, I have made this light and fruity Peach and Mango Mousse Cake- ideal for the hot, sunny weather of late! Round, rosy peaches are in season now and their delicious aroma and sweet, juicy flesh make this cake a stand out. … Continue reading A Farewell with a Peach and Mango Mousse Cake

Simply Strawberry Cheesecake

Pretty in pink, this smooth and dreamy strawberry cheesecake is perfect to celebrate my mother's birthday on this hot summer's day. With strawberries in season, I cannot resist to fold in the puree of a whole punnet of fresh strawberries into the filling. You can definitely taste the fresh sweetness of strawberries accented by a … Continue reading Simply Strawberry Cheesecake

Rose and Mint Annin-Tofu with Boysenberry Coulis

The first post of 2014- Happy New Year! I have just been away on a fantastic holiday in Tokyo and have had some of the best foods I have ever tasted: fresh sushi at Himawari Sushi, zaru-udon with a rich pork broth at The Ramen Museum, tempura at Tempura Tsunahachi, chanko-nabe (hotpot eaten by sumo wrestlers) … Continue reading Rose and Mint Annin-Tofu with Boysenberry Coulis

Decadent & Healthy Date Truffles

How can something taste so decadent and yet it is  good for you? Let me introduce to you these dark, chocolatey date truffles filled with slivered almonds and coconut. I always find shop bought truffles to be too sweet and coyingly rich but these ones have the perfect balance between sweet and slight bitterness of … Continue reading Decadent & Healthy Date Truffles