Lavender Sugar

Lavender Sugar

I love the smell and taste of lavender.  It reminds me of when I used to travel to the south of France with my parents.  One of our favourite spots was Aix-en-Provence.  We always stopped at the morning markets to buy beautiful bunches of lavender, hand-made lavender soap and all sorts of lavender perfumed items. …

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Porcini Mushroom Vol au Vents

Porcini Mushroom Vol au Vents

Vol au Vents, although originally from France, are widely used in Italy and even though they were probably more in fashion a few years ago, they are still often found on buffet tables and finger food dinners.  I really like them.  There is nothing better than biting into a crispy and flaky shell of puff…

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 Passion fruit Béarnaise Sauce

Passion fruit Béarnaise Sauce

This month, the Daring Cooks got a little saucy! Jenni from the Gingered Whisk taught us the basics of how to make the five mother-sauces and encouraged us to get creative with them, creating a wide variety of delicious, fresh sauces in our very own kitchens. I was really thrilled by this challenge!  I make some sauces…

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Poire Belle Helene

Poire Belle Helene

Today’s recipe is a dessert: Poire belle Hélène is a beautiful looking treat made up of vanilla poached pears, served with a warm chocolate sauce, whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream) and toasted almonds.  Need I say more?  I personally love it.  I think pear and chocolate, just like orange and chocolate, is a match…

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Salted Caramel Gelato

Salted Caramel Gelato #SundaySupper

This week the Sunday Supper team is sharing recipes for food that is served cold… as the majority of the group is based in the Northern hemisphere and it is a hot summer up there at the moment.  It has actually been quite cold down here lately.  I do not mind it one bit though, as…

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Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuille

Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuille

A little while ago I have shown you how to make puff pastry at home and how to make a beautiful Mille-feuille with it.  So, you should already have a recipe for the classic vanilla custard flavoured Mille-feuille.  Today I want to share with you a savoury recipe.  You could say it is my take on a…

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Verrine Fraicheur

Verrine Fraicheur

Today’s dish is a very quick recipe.  Going through my Visual Archive, I have realised that I do not have many breakfast recipes on the blog.  I guess the main reason is because Italians are not big on breakfast.  In fact, we mostly have coffee (or cappuccino) and a croissant or cookies.  I personally just…

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Ficelle Picarde

Ficelle Picarde

Today I want to take you to France with a traditional dish: Ficelle Picarde.  It is a dish from Picardy in northern France, consisting of a savoury crêpe filled with mushrooms and ham, covered with either cream or béchamel sauce and cheese and then broiled.  It is pure comfort food, something I really need during…

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Home-made Aioli

Home-made Aioli

Mmmmm aioli! I love it. It’s a condiment that gained a lot of popularity in recent years, but for the few who still don’t know what it is, aioli (also known as alioli or allioli) is basically a garlic flavoured mayonnaise traditionally made in some areas of France and Spain.  Having grown up in Europe, I…

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Lime and Coconut Madeleines

Lime and Coconut Madeleines

Recently I went to a houseware shop, just to look around.  But you already guessed it.  How can I just “look around” in a shop full (and I mean FULL) of kitchen utensils, gadgets, props of all kinds?  In the end, I did buy a few things and among these was a madeleine pan.  I…

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Orchid and Matcha Macarons

Orchid and Matcha Macarons

I know I already have a few macarons recipes on the blog like my Salted Caramel Macarons and my Lavender and Jasmine Macarons, but I haven’t shared a new one in a while.  Today’s flavour combination is yet another winner: orchid and matcha!  Yum!  Don’t these macarons sound exotic?  They really are.  I am sure you…

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Mille Feuille

Mille-Feuille

After showing you how to make your own puff pastry, today I will show you one of the hundreds of recipes that you can make with it: Mille-feuille, also known as Vanilla slice or Napoleon.  This is a classic French recipe, that is known all over the world and has been adapted many times over. …

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