Monday, December 17, 2012

Tin Bird Tiramisù

All Tin Bird biscuit baking is done for 2012. Thank you again for all your support this year. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and the most amazing 2013! My thank you gift... is my treasured Tiramisù recipe! Dead easy to make, flop proof, and certainly an impressive dessert to serve at your Christmas feast! Best of all ~ it is deliciously decadent!!! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Tiramisù - Italian Coffee Dessert
Serves 6-8

500g mascarpone cheese
5 eggs, separated, at room temperature
100g caster sugar
pinch salt
savoyard or sponge biscuits (I use 2 packets, there's normally some leftover)
100 ml strong espresso coffee
60ml brandy/rum/kahlua etc (optional)
unsweetened cocoa powder, to sprinkle

Beat the mascarpone in a small bowl until soft. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks with the sugar (reserving 15ml / 1 Tbsp) until the mixutre is pale, yellow and fluffy. Gradually beat in the softened mascarpone.

Using an electric beater or wire whisk, beat the egg whites with the salt until they form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.

Line one large or several individual serving dishes with the biscuits. Add the reserved sugar to the coffee, and stir in the liqueur, if using.

Sprinkle the coffee over the biscuits (use a Tablespoon, I find that helps to distribute the coffee). They should be moist but not saturated. Cover with half of the egg mixture. Make another layer of biscuits moistened with coffee, and cover with the remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or more, even overnight before serving.

*Pic taken from here

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Longing for Lamps

I know I have been off the grid for a while... lots going on. For the moment let's just say two new puppies, plus children keep you very busy. Oh and a new business, yes that's it! I started a new little business from home which I will talk more about on another post. For now, I wish these lamps I found on Etsy would magically appear in my home! Lighting in a home can create a wonderful ambience depending on their shape, shade and of course positioning. 
*Click on pics for their links

Pair of Mid-Century Mint Green Lamps

Mid-Century Retro Lamp

Vintage 1964 Lampette Reading Lamp

Vintage Desk Lamp

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Julia!

If you are a fan of Julia Child's you will know its her birthday today. An admirable woman and chef, who managed to inspire many women past, present and definitely in the future with her culinary skills.

A brief history of her timeline can be found here. One of my favourite movies is Julie and Julia. Based on the adaptation by Nora Ephron, of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. It's combines the story of Julie who attempts to cook a recipe out of Julia Childs first cookbook 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'. She cooks a recipe a day for 365 days and blogs about. It was life-changing for Julie to say the least; where she re-discovers herself and her passion. Along with the journey of Julia Child's life it makes for a very inspiring movie. I hope to read the books someday. Click on images for their sources.

Happy Birthday Julia!

Some of my favourite quotes from Julia Child...

1. "The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."

2. "Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

3. "If you're afraid of butter, use cream."

4. "The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appetit."

5. "I think every woman should have a blowtorch."

6. "Fat gives things flavor."

7. "Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes."

8. "I think one of the terrible things today is that people have this deathly fear of food: fear of eggs, say, or fear of butter. Most doctors feel that you can have a little bit of everything."

9. "I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it -- and, more important, I like to give it."

10. "I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a Valentine as you can give."

11. "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces -- just good food from fresh ingredients."

12. "Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know?"

13. "I just hate health food."

14. "Learn how to cook -- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun."

Julia Child making chocolate mousse

Julia Child getting to grips with her ingredients
Julia Child's famous kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum

Julie & Julia - a fabulous movie

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Woolies have done it again!

Just when you think Woolworths can't make our lives more easier or a tad more interesting they come up with some new addiction! Last night I discovered their Rosemary crackers and Wasabi cream cheese. The crackers are thin, light and moreish. Wasabi cream cheese who would've thought?!! I peeled open the foil cover and to my delight was a tub of light green cream cheese. It does have a bit of a bite, its sooo good! With a glass of red wine I was in heaven! If you try it - let me know what you think...

Monday, July 23, 2012


Finished batches of Tuscan and Double Choc Biscotti today. My trusty smeg oven kept my kitchen warm and toasty. Time for a fire; some port and biscotti... saluté everyone!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Button up @ Factory Cafe

Durban's well known Colombo Coffee Roastery @ 369 Gale Street has started vintage markets at their coffee shop called the Factory Cafe. Button up is on this Saturday 9 - 2pm. Grab a cuppuccino and take some freshly roasted beans home with you. One of my husbands favourite treats from Columbo are their roasted nuts done in their factory. Highly addictive!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Le Creuset Winter Warmers Competition

Oooooooh have to share this awesome Le Creuset competition they are running for the next 3 weeks. What colour would you choose?

"Enter this comp and stand the chance of winning a stunning deep heart casserole dish in the colour of your choice! What is your winter warming recipe inspiration and why is it a special recipe for you? Send a pic of your winter warming creation to and the first winner will be chosen on the 20th July 2012. Good Luck..."

Deep Heart casserole dish up for grabs!