Even though this in Asian inspired dinner , I named it in Latin (directly translated to ‘dinner masterpiece’ )to match its visual sophistication. This gourmet Asian dinner is a stellar representation of how the right color combinations on a plate can elevate normal food into culinary masterpieces. I kid you not, this dinner is one easiest meals on my blog. It only looks complex because the arrangement of the food and decorative elements but it’s really just : bbq beef cubes , chicken dumplings, broccoli, spring rolls and sweet n sour  chicken cubes. All the elements of this dish merge so effortlessly to create an unforgettable mouthwatering experience for your tastebuds!

For the beef

  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce 
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef flavored thickening powder 
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  •  1 onion diced  
  • 400g beef sliced
Spring rolls and the filling
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp garlic 
  • 2 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 15 spring roll sheets ( store-bought or homemade)

Chicken dumplings 


Chicken cubes 

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce 
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken flavored thickening powder 
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • 1 onion diced  
  • 400g beef sliced

Decorative elements 
  • Carrot ribbons 
  • Cucumber ribbons
  • 1 cup boiled broccoli 


Beef cubes 

  1. In a saucepan, the beef (on high heat )and season them with salt and 1 tbsp of black pepper.
  2. When the beef is fully cooked ( this should take about 20 minutes), add the the tomato sauce, bbq sauce, black pepper, hot water and sugar  to the pan.
  3. Mix everything and let the stew thicken . ( This should take 10 minutes on medium-high heat)

Repeat that for the chicken cubes

Spring rolls

  1. On medium high heat, add about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil to a pan and let the oil heat before adding all the ingredients for the spring roll filling to the pan .
  2. Cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. To assemble the spring rolls, place about 2 tablespoons of the filling on one corner of the spring roll sheet, then fold in the sides of the spring roll sheet towards the centre  before rolling the rest of the sheet.Brush some egg onto the end of the spring roll sheet so it sticks

Chicken dumplings 



Delectable guilty pleasures are not a crime to indulge in once in a while! Have you ever imagine what paradise possibly tastes like ? Not only do these brownies look they were made in paradise;  they taste like pure paradise All the components of these brownies merge effortlessly to create a stellar  melody  in your mouth. From the chocolate fudge icing , to the shredded white chocolate complemented by the unexpected kick from rock salt on top, these brownies are a must-have!


  • 3/4 cup melted butter 
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar (or granulated sugar) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate melted 
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the chocolate fudge icing 
  • 1 cup icing sugar 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp milk


  • Dark chocolate 
  • Shredded white chocolate 
  • Edible food glitter
  • Fresh mint
  • Rock salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a small square baking tin with parchment paper and non stick spray.
  3. Combine the dark chocolate and the melted butter in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a separate small bowl and gradually add them to the butter and dark chocolate mixture.
  5. Add all the other dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until everything is well combined. I would advise using a spatula for this step as opposed to an electronic mixer as the batter will be very 5ick at this stage.
  6. Transfer the brownie batter to the baking tin and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. To making the chocolate icing, add the icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk to bowl and mix. If the icing is too thick add a bit of milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  8. Let the baking tray cool for 20 minutes before removing the brownies from the baking tray.
  9. Cut into small squares of equal sizes.
  10. Place a bit of the chocolate icing on one brownie before placing a second brownie on top.
  11. Cover the top of the ‘double brownie’ with the chocolate icing and top with dark chocolate, shredded white chicken, edible food glitter and a sprig of mint! Repeat that with all the remaining brownies.