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Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes My Life 14 DEC 2011

So a little earlier this month, wifey Chantelle got her game on and went ahead and launched her homemade treats as gifts business (just in time for Christmas!), which I then went and duly dubbed Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes after deciding that she needed a website to support her new venture.

So why Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes as a name then? One, it describes pretty accurately what Chantelle is doing and two, her previous venture back when she was fresh and just starting out had been called Chantelle’s Cuisine, so this just seemed kind of apt.

Pleasingly, she seems to like it.

She’s already taken a couple of orders which is pretty exciting, and after being “forced” to do some quality assurance after I convinced her she needs to make trial batches in order to get the pricing right and so that I could get some pictures for the site, I’m happy to announce that if you have a sweet tooth or are keen on giving someone something pretty awesome this festive season (or any other time for that matter), then you should certainly give Chantelle a shout at chantellelouiselotter@gmail.com!

So far the pricelist includes such decadent delights as chocolate truffles, chocolate-dipped turkish delight, chocolate brownies, real butter shortbread, peanut butter cookies and outydse soetkoekies.

And yes, I can indeed vouch for them all in terms of quality and taste! ;)

So yeah, now you know.

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(And for the record, the website is coming along quite nicely, though there are still a lot of tweaks and whatnot I need to give it under the hood before I’m completely happy with it. But at least it is up and running, populated and ready to inform, just as a website should be!)

Related Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheHelderbergCakeCompany/

Homemade Pizza Heaven My Life 17 MAY 2010

Last Thursday we came up with a great idea on what to make for supper. No boring old frozen chicken steaklets defrosting in the oven, no boring pancakes or toast, no, we decided to finally make use of Chantelle’s awesome pizza baking apparatus that has been languishing in our cupboards ever since I’ve known her! (Plus the awesome pizza baking pan Chantelle mysteriously added to the Wedding Registry. No idea why, but she did – and now it has finally proved itself useful! – Unlike our other baking sheets which proved to be to big to fit in our little oven! The horror I tell you).

Avo - the unsung hero of many a pizza

And when I say homemade pizza, I mean homemade. From scratch super Chantelle whipped up some pizza base dough and while we waited for it to rise a little, we popped out to Pick ‘n Pay to buy all the necessary toppings – which proved damn expensive. Turns out that buying your pizza really is cheaper than making it yourself!

Anyway, back home we each got to roll out our base, slather it with Chantelle-made tomato base and then have fun drowning our twin pizzas in whatever we felt like! Chantelle went for the more savoury route, picking things like feta, onion, bacon, red pepper, garlic and avo, while I opted for my favourite sweet bacon, pineapple, banana, avo and feta combination.

A couple of minutes in the Chantelle’s nifty baking apparatus and then a couple of minutes grilling in the oven to brown the top and finally the moment of truth was upon us (well actually that moment came by twice seeing as we were making two pizzas) – it was a success!

A very, very tasty success! :)

My pizza happily cooking away in Chantelle's magic pizza baker

Chantelle's pizza getting some colour thanks to the oven grill

For some or othre reason, I’m pretty sure Chantelle forbade me from using this picture on the blog. But I can’t be sure, so I’m posting it anyway! :P

Chantelle holding her masterpiece. At this stage I was jealous because mine was still to come!

You’re jealous, right?