Cookbook Club: Shiny Happy People and a decadent Marquise au Chocolat

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Chances are that if you love food and you love books, you love love love cookbooks. You read them from cover to cover, memorize the recipes and beautiful photographs and dream about the delicious meals you will prepare. But how many of those recipes do you actually make? For this reason my cousin, Rhona, and I decided to start a cookbook club. We will work through some of the recipes in our collection of cookbooks and let you know what we thought, and maybe encourage you to grab a cookbook and do the same.

The first cookbook we chose is Shiny Happy People by local restaurateur and author Neil Roake. Roake chose a few of his friends and added their favourite recipes with some background on them. The photography is beautiful, the layout is attractive and it is full of peculiar quotes – a true feast for the eyes. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding … and that is exactly what I chose to make.

This marquise au chocolat is as French as it gets with a few basic ingredients that make a delectable dessert that you will remember for the rest of your life. No jokes. It was super easy to prepare and will impress everyone from your two year old niece to the Queen of England. You need to try this, asap!

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300 g dark chocolate

6 teaspoons strong coffee

150 g butter

4 eggs, separated into whites and yolks


  1. Melt the chocolate with the coffee in a bain-marie (double boiler).
  2. Add the butter and melt together.
  3. Remove from the bain-marie and add the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture, beating vigorously.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the stiff egg whites carefully into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Place in a loaf tin and freeze for at least 4 hours.

* I served mine with baby figs and fresh mint.

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Take a look at this!

Cookbook Club - Shiny Happy People (2 of 13)

Rhona made this delicious sweet potato gnocchi with a warm salsa verde. Check out the recipe at What To Do In The Garden Hood.


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