The Original Celebrity Chef

Being a Mom is pretty stressful at times. One of main times when my stress levels seem to peak is while making supper! The end of the day is when everyone, including me, is reaching their limit. Tiredness, irritation, impatience, whining and rumbling tummies take their toll around 5pm!

I am very fortunate to have a husband who enjoys cooking and ultimately this means he makes the majority of our main meals but there are occasions when I do get in front of the stove. When this does happen you can be assured that the meal needs to be 2 things – easy and quick! What I do enjoy however is baking and when time allows I like to make something yummy for my family and friends. And I definitely enjoy indulging in the spoils afterwards…

Recently I was sent a copy of The Autobiography of The Original Celebrity Chef – Col Harland Saunders – any idea who he is???

Yes Mr KFC!! It is a well-designed book which includes the Colonel’s life memoirs as well as 33 of his favourite recipes, written in 1966. The recipe section at the back of the book offers plenty of recipes designed with family eating in mind. They are easy to follow and focus primarily on comfort food – divine for winter family meals! Appetizers, Sides, Mains and Desserts are all included.

This recipe for Chocolate pie is the first I will be trying out… Looks amazing!


95 g unsweetened chocolate, cut in pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
225 g soften butter (NOT margarine)
200 g sugar
1 prepared tart or pie shell (23 – 25cm wide) or make your own pastry!!
Chilled whipped cream
Chocolate for shaving


Melt chocolate on a double boiler over a low heat, set aside.
While chocolate cools, whip the butter and the sugar together in a large mixing blow until fluffy.
Then beat in the cooled chocolate and vanilla extract.
Add eggs one at a time at medium mixer speed for 5 mins after each addition.
Return mixture to the double boiler and bring up to 60C stirring constantly.
Pour into the pie shell and chill for 1 – 2 hours before serving.
Just before serving spread or pipe on whipped cream and finish with some chocolate shavings.
Add some walnuts for extra crunch if desired.

Serves: 10

In the words of the Colonel himself: This is really rich and good, and doesn’t require any baking. You won’t lose any weight eating this pie, but you can worry about that later. Seems like a wise man!

To encourage more families to spend meal times together KFC have released the full Autobiography and Cookbook on their Facebook page and also have printed a limited number of books which would be a great addition to any recipe book collection.

I am pleased to let you know that I have one such book to giveaway to a lucky Becoming you reader.

The original celebrity chef

How To Enter

1. “Like” Becoming you on Facebook

2. Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which is your easiest and quickest family friendly supper. Just the name is fine – but if it sounds good I might just have to mail you for the recipe 😉

The competition winner will be drawn on Friday 7 July and will be announced on this blog on Saturday 8 July. The competition is open to all South African readers.

images: KFC

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I realy want this book! 🙂 My favourite (quick) recipe is a chilli beef soup with pitas. It’s yummy!

  2. Love making chicken casserole with white sauce,sweetcorn & veggies. Lots of cheese and bake in oven! Have tweeted this giveaway as well.

  3. Wow, the book looks amazing. My hubby loves cottage pie. I love making it for him because it is quick and tasty and very filling.

  4. Easy and quick – curried butternut soup with ciabatta bread

    Oil (enough to fry the onion in)
    1 onion (cut up or diced)
    1 potato (peeled and cut into cubes)
    1 butternut cut up into cubes
    750ml – 1litre of vegetable stock
    1 teaspoon curry powder (more may be added if you want it stronger)

    Step by step recipe method:

    Fry onion in oil until golden.
    Add potato, butternut and curry powder, stir and cook for a few minutes.
    Add enough stock so that potato and butternut are covered.
    Simmer for 30 minutes or until butternut is cooked.
    Blend to desired consistency.

    Before serving stir in a Tablespoon of fresh cream

  5. My family has more of a quick all hands on deck platter, My husband fries up some haloumi, I bake a ciabata bread, we grill some mini sausages and cherry tomatoes, we slice some lemons, rocket & cucumber, then we all sit down and snack away, we chat about our day and the little ones really enjoy all the fun snacks and chit chat, I think its one of my favourite meals we share…Oh this seems like a really awesome book to add to the collection, like a good all time read.

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