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vegan queso dip with chipotles

vegan queso dip with chipotles

The world seems to be obsessed with vegan and gluten free recipes right now so I’m diving in. I’m not doing it because I’m either vegan or gluten intolerant, but because I love playing around with new ingredient combinations and cooking techniques. I have never tried my hand at vegan cheese substitutes made with nuts, but have tasted a few that were quite tasty. I adore queso dip and chipotles so this recipe inspired me to dive into my kitchen and soak a few cashews. Continue Reading →

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lemon marmalade and polenta cake {gluten free} + a fabulous wine launch

Lemon marmalade and polenta cake

Lemon marmalade and polenta cake

This recipe comes from Chris Hoffmann of Cafe des Arts in Franschhoek and I tasted it recently at the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria wine launch. Divinely decadent and easy to make, this lemon marmalade polenta cake is a total winner and perfect to serve with tea or as an impressive dessert.

When I got the invitation to attend the launch of this range of wines – which have essentially been made to be eaten with food – I was immediately interested. I love the idea of wine made for food and beautiful food being expertly matched to the wine.

For the launch, they invited 5 top local Franschhoek chefs to create a dish to pair with each of the wines, and one of these was demonstrated by Ryan Smith from Ryans Kitchen , who made his tuna sashimi and horseradish salad with a bubbly vinaigrette. This was paired with the Culinaria Methode Cap Classique and was exquisite. Continue Reading →

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