Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto Pinwheels

  For parties, I always serve something made with puff pastry. It is somewhat due to my Italian heritage… I can’t remember a birthday party without puff pastry treats. We have them with anchovies, sausages, or all kinds of vegetables and even pizza ones. You name it. I love to make both sweet and savoury…

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Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage

  Chicken Karaage is a classic Japanese fried chicken dish. It’s so popular in Japan that you can find it in all izakaya, depachika, supermarkets and street food stalls. In fact, we had quite a bit of Karaage during our Japanese holiday. One of my most vivid memories of our trip is eating Karaage under…

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Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches

Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches

  I made these Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches for my daughter’s 8th birthday party. When I was a child, I would spend part of my summer holidays at my nonni’s house in Palermo. Not far from where they used to live, there was a place called I Cuochini (aka the little cooks) where my…

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Victoria’s 8th Birthday

Victoria’s 8th Birthday

  On the 16th my eldest daughter turned 8!!! I cannot believe it’s been 8 years already since the first time I got to hold her in my arms. She was so tiny! <3 And now she is turning into a beautiful girl. We love you so much princess and we are all very proud…

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Griwech

Griwech

  Kouky from “Cuisine à 4 mains”, challenged us to make Griwech, a popular Algerian dessert that is a full flavoured delicacy that has both a melt-in-the-mouth and a crispy texture. Ohhhh this month’s Daring Cooks challenge was GOOD. As Kouky says: “Griwech is an Algerian pastry prepared with a thinly flattened dough, shaped in…

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Home-made Ketchup

Home-made Ketchup

  And here I am with another one of my DIY projects. Only, this one is really easy. Did you know that making ketchup at home only took 20 minutes? And it is as easy as stirring all the ingredients together and put the pot on the stove. That’s it. It probably takes longer for…

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Beef Korokke

Beef Korokke

During our recent Japanese holiday, we had a lot of amazing food. In fact, Japanese cuisine is so much more than just (fantastic) sushi and sashimi! My youngest daughter especially liked korokke (コロッケ), aka potato croquettes coated in panko and then deep fried. Need I say more? Maybe I should also specify that there are…

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Bruschetta with Eggplant and Matarocco

Bruschetta with Eggplant and Matarocco

  With summer just around the corner, ML Spell from Dry Spell invited us to play with fire! She challenged us to make some mouthwatering eats on the grill for the June daring cooks challenge. Well, as you are probably aware, I live in Australia and even though the weather is usually not extremely cold,…

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Marinated Feta

Marinated Feta

As you know, it would be easier for me to give up sweets (including chocolate!) than cheese!  I am an absolute cheeseaholic…  And I like all of them.  Obviously, I do have my preferences and you also know that Gorgonzola is my all time favourite cheese.  I like strong flavoured cheeses in general and feta…

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Tsukune

Tsukune

I am back in Sydney, after a few weeks travelling around Japan and Italy!  Hopefully you have followed my adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  I had an amazing time, visiting beautiful places, meeting family and friends and tasting awesome food!  I will be sharing some of these adventures and photos in the next few…

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Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate (or Cracked Olives) are very popular in Italy, especially in the South.  They are cracked olives in brine.  I remember going to one of the beautiful and colourful markets in Palermo as a child and getting drawn to the stalls that would sell olives.  They had so many different kinds.  Mountains of delicious,…

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Rum Glazed Roasted Pecans

Rum Glazed Roasted Pecans

It is time again for the “Secret recipe club” reveal!  I am sure you all know what the club is about, but for the few of you who still don’t know about it, here goes a brief explanation.  It is a great concept… each month you are assigned a participating food blogger to make a…

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Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

As you know, I am travelling at the moment, so I thought of asking some of my favourite food blogger friends to come over and share some of their amazing creations with all of you!  I told you I would leave you in great company, right?  I am very excited about today’s guest.  I have met…

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Churros y Chocolate

Churros y Chocolate

I think everyone knows what churros are… but what you don’t know is how much I like them!  Whenever I go to Spain, they are my breakfast with a nice cup of hot chocolate… no matter the time of the year, the season and the weather!  That’s how much I like them.  There are a…

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