Pizza Ortolana

Pizza Ortolana

  I haven’t posted a pizza recipe in way too long! So, today I am sharing my recipe for a Pizza Ortolana. Ortolano in italian means “from the vegetable patch”. It is a great vegetarian pizza and a somewhat healthier option as it’s made with grilled eggplant, roasted bell pepper and artichoke hearts. I recently…

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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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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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Biancomangiare with Citrus Salad

Biancomangiare with Citrus Salad

Today’s recipe is all about Sicily. Last week I shared with you the recipe for Sicilian Almond Milk, a deliciously sweet drink. Besides drinking it plain, it also makes a great base for desserts like Biancomangiare. Biancomangiare (where bianco means “white” and mangiare means “to eat”) is a traditional Italian pudding and in its Sicilian version it…

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Sicilian Almond Milk

Sicilian Almond Milk

  Today I want to share with you a recipe that is very close to my heart. It is a Sicilian classic that people usually enjoy during the hot Sicilian summer. I used to have a glass of it in the evenings, sitting in our summerhouse yard while chatting with my friends. This is a…

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Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle alla Romana

During my recent trip to Italy, I didn’t really forget about my readers! Even though I was on holiday, I still did a little cooking. There are a few dishes that I have always wanted to share with you, but never could, as I was not able to find the ingredients for them. So… I…

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Frozen Treats ebook

The Cool Side of Summer eBook Giveaway!

THE ULTIMATE E-BOOK ON FROZEN TREATS IS FINALLY OUT!   25 frozen treat recipes to keep you cool all summer long. All the classics, Italian favourites and so much more. Easy to make, with or without an ice cream maker! Click here to read all about it! Hi everyone! I am so excited to be…

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Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil

Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil

Besides experimenting with Japanese cooking, I have also cooked some good old Italian food. This Risotto with Zucchini Cream and Basil is one of my latest favourite risotto and I have it quite often, alternating it with the Pumpkin and Gorgonzola one. I love the combination of zucchini and basil as I think their flavours…

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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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Tuna, Olive and Caper Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Tuna, Olive and Caper Pasta with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Today’s recipe is a classic in my kitchen.  I make it often and it is one of my husband’s favourite pasta dishes.  I cannot believe that I have been blogging for over 4 years and I haven’t shared this recipe yet!  But I guess it’s like all the things that you are very familiar with:…

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Torta di Mele della Nonna

Torta di Mele della Nonna

Today’s recipe is literally called “Granny’s Apple Cake”, but it’s not my granny’s recipe.  It is indeed, a very classic Italian style apple cake, one that my granny would have loved.  I have a thing for apple cakes and pies.  I find them really comforting.  As it is the beginning of winter here in Australia (and…

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Cream of Pea and Mint Risotto

Cream of Pea and Mint Risotto

I love playing with risotto and making it different every time.  There’s much more than Mushroom risotto in the “risotto world”.  You just need to give it a chance.  You can actually make risotto with almost any vegetable and/or cheese.  Today I played with a classic combination of Italian cuisine: peas and mint.  I blended…

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Nutella and Frangelico Gelato

Nutella and Frangelico Gelato

Since I came back from Italy, I have been craving gelato.  We had some amazing gelati when we were there and even though nothing can quite compare with the original Italian ice cream, home-made ones like today’s recipe come close to it.  I love to add a little liquor in my ice cream mixture, as…

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Pasta with Bell Pepper and Gorgonzola Cream

Pasta with Bell Pepper and Gorgonzola Cream

I first had something similar to this Pasta with bell pepper and Gorgonzola cream years ago in Milano.  My husband and I would go and eat at our favourite restaurant for every special occasion and this pasta was often on the menu.  Bell peppers/capsicums and Gorgonzola make for a fantastic combination: the first are sweet,…

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Fragolino Liqueur

Fragolino Liqueur

Here I am, back with another recipe for home-made liqueur!  And this time it uses strawberries.  In fact, the name Fragolino comes from the Italian word fragola, which means strawberry.  This is a typical Italian recipe and many people make it at home.  As it is spring time in the Northern hemisphere and I have…

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