Summer Seasonal Salad with dragonfruit

Nicolette van Niekerk

This salad was created purely for the colours. It’s summer, hot in Cape Town and just the right time of year to make use of the most beautiful fruit on earth. Even before cut , I love the smell of the dragonfruit’s skin. Actually, I was asked by my Optometrist  the other day, if have a salad recipe […]

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Banana Pecan Muffins

Nicolette van Niekerk

The recipe is surprisingly easy and quick to make. It took me probably around 7 minutes so I waited for the oven to preheat instead ;). My tip would be to use overripe ‘mushy’ bananas. Easy to mash but it gives you an instant “banana” taste and flavour, whereby some recipes didn’t even have that much flavour. […]

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Lemon and Jam Kisses

Nicolette van Niekerk

Also a shortbread, these kisses could easily be mistaken for the popular and also ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ melting moments. As a ‘thumbprint’ indented biscuit, these small kisses are made with a lemon shortbread basic recipe and filled up with jam afterwards. I used apricot jam as it was kinda the only thing that was available in the […]

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Lavender and Almond Shortbread

Nicolette van Niekerk

I never make shortbread with an electrical attachment or food processor. Always by hand. The fact that you mix the cold butter by hand, pressing the flour and sugar into it, ensures a better crumbly texture and thus more “short” on the mouth I feel. I will post a traditional version of the shortbread later, […]

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Rose Apple Tartlets

Nicolette van Niekerk

Visually beautiful, tasty and also easy to make. What is not to love? I found a few recipes online that showed this technique so couldn’t resist trying it myself. I loved all of them but changed mine to have a good dose of cinnamon, almonds and brown sugar. Josua, my three year old, even helped […]

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Sago Pudding

Nicolette van Niekerk

  Today I’ve made a traditional sago pudding with apricot jam. But in the last minute, decided to add strawberries. I also added Star anise and cinnamon stick to the milk. Expect a softer, more fruity consistency and a sticky but sweet layer of meringue on top of the pudding. A perfect baked pudding for Christmas […]

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Food Photography Workshop

Nicolette van Niekerk

    Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about Food Photography from a Professional Food and Lifestyle Photographer. Bruce Tuck is a Commercial Photographer. Well known as a Cape Town Food and Lifestyle Photographer, his work has been extensively used by various South African retailers, marketers, publishers and food magazines. This workshop is […]

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Hot Chocolate Pudding with Fudge Sauce

Nicolette van Niekerk

Hot Chocolate Pudding with Fudge Sauce Preparation Time: 20 minutes Baking Time:30 -45 minutes Serves: 6 Small Moulded Puddings

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Panna Cotta with Pineapple Jelly

Nicolette van Niekerk

    Panna Cotta with Pineapple Jelly   Preparation Time: 20 minutes Setting Time: 2 hours Serves: 4  

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New offices for La Petite Patisserie!

Nicolette van Niekerk

Up to now, we had a fully equipped kitchen with a capacity for teaching 8 students per class. However, recently we acquired an additional venue for presenting theory classes in a more appropriate boardroom setup, which helps to enhance collaboration between students. The additional unit has been fully furnished as a conference room, meeting rooms […]

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