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France in winter Bloom

France is in bloom! The cold air greeted my sunburnt skin and I was surprised to see that Montpellier is in Bloom. Baby, it is still cold outside, but pink flowers are decorating the pale gray sky. It's such a beautiful sight for sore eyes!
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Bobotie Times Two

Bobotie Times two, which means, made two different ways than the traditional recipes we all have come to love...I like to cook the "favorites" every now and then and add my own twist to it. I guess I would never have made them if I was not living overseas, but you tend to gravitate back to what you know and comforts you. I experimented with a dish called Bobotie. It is not a traditional Christmas dish, but makes a great dinner and Sunday lunch!
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Portugal-South Africa

Portugal-South Africa was quite a trip...Now the time for vacation had arrived and I was anticipating a decent summer already, especially after all the packing. We traveled from Montpellier to Toulouse on route to Lisbon then South Africa...
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Peanut butter Horlicks cookies

Peanut butter Horlicks cookies are a winner for sure! Horlick's are probably one of my most favorite drinks and things to eat during the winter season. It is very hard to find a good malty drink in a country where espresso is king. We came upon a packet of Horlicks and just by drinking it was not enough for me...I had to make some cookies too!!
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"Hertzoggie" Apricot pie squares

Hertzoggie Apricot Pie squares are filled with apricots...I know that I have done a few recipes with apricots, but listen here these apricot pie bars are amazing... then I went to the liberty of adding a Hertzoggie topping to half of the pie bars...Super easy, gooey and buttery!
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Two SA Snacks Revamped

Two SA snacks revamped - Koeksister balls & Brioche Lamingtons...These little bite size appetizers are served with a specific wine to compliment the flavors. Amuse-Bouche in English means "mouth amuser". Be amused by these bite size flavours from South Africa...
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Mini Malva Puddings Bailey's cream

Mini Malva puddings Bailey's cream are seriously yum! Come on what is better than a Malva pudding! Those who don't know, gosh you are missing out! This pudding is a proper Sunday lunch dessert. Served with a ridiculous amount of hot custard or cream...
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Coffee Speculoos cookies

Coffee speculoos cookies and Espresso's are made for each other! I made these cookies last week and my taste tester was quite pleased. This is an old traditional South African recipe. In France, "Petite Gateau" is the name for small cookies that you receive with your tea or coffee and these cookies are perfect to accompany a hot cup of tea.
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French Cremora tart

French Cremora tart has become a favorite of mine...Crumbly ginger base with a creamy tangy filling! Ginger biscuits are used instead of the traditional coconut biscuits that are found only in SA. I had to make some substitutions, but it worked out great!!
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"Hertzoggie" Ricotta cake

Hertzoggie Ricotta cake is certainly not Italian. I have been wanting to share this one for quite some time. It has Ricotta in it and that qualifies as Italian right? We all know their desserts of choice are Tiramisu, Cannoli, Biscotti, and Panna cotta...