chocolate
Friday, August 26th, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Tart

Late one night, I found myself craving a certain American sweet treat. Salty but smooth peanut filling encased in deliciously creamy chocolate. 

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Chocolate bark

For a sweet treat with a twist, you can’t go past this simple recipe for chocolate bark. It is sure to wow, but is also incredibly easy to make – especially if you’re lucky enough to be using an induction cooktop, where the heat control is so precise so you can melt the chocolate directly [...]

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Peanut butter brownie

One of the side effects of being both a scientist and foodie is that ideas and inspiration sometimes come about in the most unexpected of ways.  This peanut butter brownie recipe (loosely based on one from BBC Good Food) is one I first made for “work purposes” in my previous life as an ice cream [...]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Dark Chocolate Torte

Happy New Year everyone! After a holiday season filled with delicious food, some of you might not want to look at another slice of cake or bite of chocolate again for some time. I, however, have not been deterred and am feeling inspired by this beautifully rich dark chocolate torte.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Chocolate Cherry Rum Cake

If you want to drop a bomb on your dinner party.  This cake it totally nuclear.  The Engineers (our poor friends who we inflict our culinary experiments on) didn’t stop their thumbs up mutterings for days after this went out at afternoon tea.  The lovely Genevieve (one of our superstar product evaluators) and I have [...]

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Easy Ice Cream

One of my favourite food books is Americas Test Kitchen’s The Science of Good Cooking. The section on freezing shares many phrases with the steel manufacture section of my materials science books from engineering school. “Nucleation”, “crystal growth”, “supercooling”; steel and ice are very similar at the microscopic level.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Chai & coconut milk ice cream

I’ve recently returned from a 3 week holiday in the mighty USA; during our jaunt I became obsessed with the ‘all American diners’ - those institutions that have been running forever, open all day and all night, serving bottomless cups of filter coffee

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Chocolate cake with raspberry, cream and ganache

I am sure to have made mention in the past as to my sentimental tendencies.  Whilst for the most part I can cleverly keep it under wraps, there are times where, despite my very best efforts it bubbles so close to the surface that I can’t help but let it spill over.  Like now.  And [...]

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

These muffins are good, honest food for both the body and soul.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet cravings that may plague you whilst simultaneously providing you with belly-filling healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin E.

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Avocado ice creams

I spent Saturday with three friends and we talked food. One had purchased a juicer and was giving us a run-down on her latest concoction – pineapple, lime and watermelon.  One had cut out dairy and eggs and was talking about a plant-based diet. And one was contemplating going vegan for a period of time [...]

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Cookie ice-cream sandwiches

Those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in little old New Zealand will no doubt have fond memories of the Mr. Whippy truck winding its way through our suburban streets on a summery afternoon, playing its happy chimes, tempting children out onto the footpath to queue up for icy cold sweet treats.

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

venison with red wine chocolate sauce

This is a really simple recipe that doesn’t take a lot of time but you can plate it up and impress your guests with the intriguing combination of sweet and savoury. You are essentially deglazing the pan with red wine and port as you would to make a jus, but the addition of a sprinkling [...]

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