My last post for 2019 is really about you. It’s also about gratitude and deep appreciation for this creative platform that has paved the way to my paper-baby, the Bibby’s Kitchen cookbook. And that, all because you have read my stories, made the food and come back for a second helping. Thank you for trusting me to be part of your casual suppers, posh dinners and everyday celebrations. To everyone who has supported and encouraged me over the past 5 years and loved the food enough to buy the book, thank you! What a joy to know it is living on your kitchen counter, not relegated to being a dust collector, but nestling a place for itself in amongst the muddle of everyday life with sticky notes stuck haphazardly on pages of what to make next. It’s doing what I hoped for – becoming a kitchen confidant that inspires an infectious joy for cooking something less usual and eating together.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you will know that there’s no shortage of cake and baking recipes. I thought it fitting to close with a several festive bakes from the book. Over the next week, I’ll be rustling up these seasonal favourites. They taste like Christmas. I think you’ll love them too. For pudding lovers, there’s a Mandarin Christmas pud with rum caramel. To serve with late morning coffees or brunch, the Cinnamon rolls with maple cream or Baklava star bread are irrefutably, swoon food. Or, you could try the Spiced pumpkin Bundt with sandy fudge drizzle – lovely with eggnog and some carolling in the background. There’s also a no-bake chocolate and peanut butter silk tart that just happens to be vegan, crammed with moralistic ingredients that everyone will clamour over. Five deliciously sweet reasons to start baking!
To you, your loved ones – family and friends that are more like family, I wish you the happiest festive season, a generous slice of peace and much needed, restorative rest.
Here’s the eggnog I mentioned above. It’s made with honey and rooibos tea – a dreamy, South African inspired festive tipple. * The recipe is on the blog, not in the book. You can grab it Here.
If you’re in the Johannesburg area, I have a few signed and wrapped copies of the book available. You’re welcome to message me to collect.
For international orders, Uppercase Books will gladly assist you to arrange delivery.