Cookery School

I completed a one year certificate course in Patisserie this year, and it’s been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve made everything from rustic artisan breads, to teeny tiny delicate little petit fours. I’ve learnt that you can make anything in a thermomix (literally anything) and that you definitely can mash avo or potatoes with a sturdy kitchen whisk…

but most importantly I learnt a true love for food. I’ve always loved baking, as I was surrounded by home bakers growing up, both my mom and gran bake often and I’ve never ever had a store bought birthday or celebration cake. This year has really opened my food world up to seeing everything in a new light, I have so much respect for people who put time, effort and love into the goods they create, and I find so much joy in a perfectly baked, all-butter croissant. Before studying I would have been happy with just about any cake or sweet treat, now Im a little bit of a food snob and Im so much happier for it.

There really is something special about loving the treats you eat and really appreciating them for being tiny works of art, rather than just an everyday thing.

I could go off to become a patisserie chef in a fine dining restaurant after this, but I wont because that’s not where my heart lies. I’m a baker through and through, I like the smell of butter and I love making people happy with beautiful cookies, perfect cakes or just small sweet treats. Im at my happiest when Im baking and as cheesy as this is, I would really like to think Im “baking” my little world a better place.

here are a few photos from Instagram of my year as a pastry student…

My instructions were "blue and sparkly" πŸ’§πŸ’™πŸ’Ž cupcake Wednesday lives on.

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Hand made dark chocolate hearts with candied orange peel. πŸ’›

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Dark chocolate chip and honey comb ice cream. 🍦

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Inspired by the dancer, Anna Pavlova. I hope I've done her proud πŸ’…πŸ½πŸ’

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Chocolate chiffon 🍫

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My lovely Rosie is busy making some ocean inspired buttercream icing 🌊

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas πŸŽ„

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πŸŽ„ The family's gingerbread village #lcgingerbreadhouse @lecreusetsa

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Tea Party – “Boere Sjiek”

My mom took me for tea at a place called “Boere Sjiek” roughly translated that means “Farmer Chic” for anyone out there that isn’t South African. I was a little apprehensive as this place is in the middle of an industrial area… However, I seriously want all of my birthdays to be held at this place and Ill probably insist on having my wedding here too. The attention to detail really is next level, the entire trip was an experience of note. I don’t want to give too much away but this place is a must. They only do quiches, cakes and cupcakes, so eat lunch before you go. Their prices are incredibly reasonable, the quiche is R30 ( around $2.50)Β IMG_7379 Β A bunny cake stand and pastel pink cupcake!!IMG_7380 IMG_7381 IMG_7382 IMG_7383 IMG_7384 Β Even their sugar is pinkIMG_7385 IMG_7386 IMG_7387 IMG_7388 IMG_7389 IMG_7390 IMG_7391 IMG_7392 IMG_7393 IMG_7394 Β this was what my mom’s teapot came with, a furry little tea cosy.Β IMG_7396 IMG_7397 IMG_7400 Β my latte with pink sugarIMG_7401 IMG_7402 Β a giant pond filled with baubles and fresh roses, I couldn’t have been any happier if I tried.Β IMG_7404 IMG_7405 IMG_7406I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you are in Cape Town, grab your best friends and head out this way for a fancy little tea party.

12 Kiewiet Street, Okavango Park, Cape Town. Phone: 021 982-2023

Love Quartz xx