Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures

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12 Week Kitchen Challenge

Brought to you by the Kitchen Angel

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In 12 weeks fall in love with your kitchen and turn failures into triumphs! Chef Mel will have you making food like you never thought you could make with her simple tricks and tips. And that’s not all….. go into the running to win the major prize consisting of a 6 weeks chef course, knife and a personal session with Chef Mel herself. A not to be missed epic event.

Cheeky beef cheeks…

As we step into winter we will all have to embrace the simplicity and ultimately the reward of the slow cooked meal.  Not only does it fill that craving for a hearty substantial meal, but the smell of a welcoming casserole or stew (or even something a bit more...

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Baked cheese with fragrant garlic and tarragon

Garlic and herb baked cheese served with crusty bread This is a gorgeous and glamorous take on the everyday cheeseboard.  Baking Camembert or Brie bakes with garlic and herbs, infuses it with the most amazing flavours! And melted cheese is always a favourite!   You...

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Vanilla Zulus easy entertainer scones

Looking for a quick and gorgeous scone recipe that is as versatile as it is delicious?  This is a recipe from my wonderful hotel school chef and lecturer Mr. Kniedel, and I use it very often to say the least. I have made a few suggestions so that you can try different...

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One a penny, two a penny hot cross …ducklings!!!

Vanilla Zulu's hot cross ducks You will need: 500g flour 80g soft or grated butter 1 large egg 1 teaspoon salt 1 level tablespoon Ras el Hanout or mixed spice or cinnamon 2 tablespoons brown sugar 10g instant dry yeast Half a cup choc chips or raisins 150ml warm milk...

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White Chocolate Cup Cakes

  So simple yet soooo Preeeeetty. Defintely can be made in advance, leaving you more time to spend precious moments with your loved ones. I found these while researching ‘white christmas desserts’ and they definitely took my fancy. Here is the recipe for you to try,...

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Boozy Vanilla Panna Cotta

  Panna cotta really is the simplest thing to make, just have the confidence to try!  Try my tested recipe, it makes 5-6 servings, and once you’ve mastered the basics imagine how many different flavours you could make! You will need: 1 1/2 cups milk 1 1/2 cups cream...

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How Does Your Garden Grow

Yes, cooking is simple.  We all do it everyday.  But are you tired of the same boring dishes day in and day out? I find it’s all about being inspired.  About seeing a photo, a recipe, visiting a restaurant and saying, wow, I can make that!  You may not always have the...

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How does your garden grow…

Yes, cooking is simple.  We all do it everyday.  But are you tired of the same boring dishes day in and day out?  I find it's all about being inspired.  About seeing a photo, a recipe, visiting a restaurant and saying, wow, I can make that!  You may not always have...

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