Posts Tagged by Chocolate

Bring back the old-fashioned Kinder Surprise eggs, pah-leeeese!

It’s fabzilicious Friday and today I’d like to send out a plea to Ferrero to bring back the old-fashioned Kinder Surprise eggs I used to love so much as a child … and as an adult, to be honest …

Pretty please with a huge cherry on top!

For my younger followers (bless your cotton socks), a Kinder Surprise egg consisted of two halves of delicious, creamy chocolate, which contained a (traditionally) yellow capsule with a toy inside it that you needed to assemble.

Right now you may be thinking why I’m making such a fuss about the Kinder Surprise eggs when we still have the Kinder Joy on the market.

It’s simple, girls and boys. The only joy you’ll ever get from the Kinder Joy is having finally managed to scoop up the two chocolate balls lodged in the hardened chocolate (it’s SO not creamy as the promo images lead you to believe…believe me!) with the ridiculously ‘large’ and ‘sturdy’ plastic spoon. This is of course after you’ve opened up the other half of the egg only to discover your toy is practically already assembled and you don’t really need to use your grey matter at all.

What’s worse, there’s no yellow plastic capsule for me to keep and add to my collection of “I may need this someday” paraphernalia.

Oh, and the chocolate and bastardised Ferrero Rocher-like balls are nowhere near as yummy as the original Kinder Surprise egg chocolate.

My question is: Ferrero, why did you mess with a perfectly good thing?

*sigh*

Just because …

Just because I felt like making mini, chocolate cupcakes … I did.

And they were divine!

I think more people should make mini cupcakes.

You don’t feel as guilty when they’re bite-sized …

For the recipe check out issue 1 of Baked and Delicious.

*smacks lips and contemplates making more mini cupcakes tonight*

And the winners of the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 are …



Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 Winners

The Sunday Times Food Awards 2011 winners were announced last week Thursday, 6 October at the Foodcorp Innovation Centre’s, 7th Floor in Cape Town.

And without further ado, this year’s winners are:

- Chef of the Year: Wynand van Rooyen of the Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant, Cape Town (back row, right)

- Young Chef of the Year: Ashleigh Heeger from The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale Roberts at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town (front row, right)

- Chef School Challenge Winners: Megin Meikle and Darren O’ Donovan from HTA Culinary School of Art in Randburg, Johannesburg (front row, left and back row, middle respectively)

- Stalwart of the Kitchen: Delvin Reck from Scotty’s Restaurant and Bar in Plettenberg Bay (back row, right)

Nataniel and fabzilicious at the Sunday Times Food Awards 2011

Three personal highlights for me were meeting one of my South African idols Nataniël, who was one of the best MC’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and listening to (he’s freaking hilarious!); meeting some of Cape Town’s most prominent food and wine bloggers such as Relax with Dax, Batonage, Drizzle and Dip, Squashed Tomato and Food and the Fabulous; and the amaaaaaazing chocolate ice cream and chocolate, fudge brownie sundae I devoured at the end of the evening.

*wipes corners of mouth*

Thank you to Ogilvy PR Cape Town for the invite!

Wake up and smell the coffee

Happy International Coffee Day!

Where does your favourite coffee come from?

I’m very (very) biased and L-O-V-E Vida e Caffe coffee … especially with that Lindt 70% chocolate morsel dropped in for added ompf.

*bliss*

However, loving the coffee doesn’t mean I love the Vida e Caffe barista and employees screaming my order out or the obligatory ‘obrigado’ when I drop a contribution in the padlocked tip jar … Most times, coffee is my remedy for waking up after a red-eye flight to Jo’burg or a heavy session of Pinotage the night before, so screaming and yelling … not good for my brain … *shhhh*

OBRIGADA!

Size doesn’t matter …

In baking, when it comes to the matter of size I would say that it’s not necessarily bigger = better.

Case in point, en route back to Cape Town a couple of weeks ago, I bought a choc-chip muffin from Fournos Bakery at OR Tambo International. It was huge so I – Miss Eager Beaver – couldn’t wait to dig into it. (My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach!)

In short, I can’t say it was anything to write home about … rather something to moan about on my blog …

It wasn’t the muffin’s fault but I have to report it was rather tasteless and the hugeness of it all really didn’t do the muffin any justice.

Having said that, however, I (once again) succumbed to a Charly’s Bakery double choc-chip chocolate muffin about a week ago, which I am very happy to announce was mucking afazing! And … it was huge … BUT tasty beyond belief.

Back at home, I bake my own double choc-chip chocolate muffins that are cupcake size but jam-packed full of tummy tickles and anyone munching one would agree, but in our bigger-is-better consumerist existence we prefer to know that if you’r spending R16.50 on a muffin it damn well better be huge – never mind what it tastes like.

OK, that’s my rant done for the day.

Fournos, I don’t dislike your baking by any stretch of the imagination but do feel you need to put your consumers’ taste buds before size and profit.

 

Midnight snack

What do you do when you’re feeling like a choc-chip chocolate muffin at 10 o’clock in the evening?

You make them from scratch, of course!

There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm choc-chip chocolate muffin accompanied by a cup of hot cocoa, a comfy couch, DVD and nowhere to go on a stormy night … bliss *sigh*