As you know, cheese is probably my favourite food. I like all kinds of cheeses and I often eat them plain, with bread or crackers for lunch… but I also love to cook with them and make all sorts of savoury and sweet dishes. Today’s recipe is utterly delicious: I find it simply irresistible! I think that Taleggio, a soft cow’s milk cheese from Northern Italy, goes amazingly well with the caramelised red onions! These pastries make for a very elegant appetiser, but they also double up as a simple yet satisfying lunch (just add a salad on the side)! Enjoy! Continue readingPin It
I know I have said this already, but sardines are my favourite fish. Unfortunately it is not easy to come across fresh sardines in Sydney. I find it weird as they are so common in Italy, but that’s just the way it is. So whenever I see some, I buy them! Today I will share with you one of my favourite ways to cook sardines. These patties taste delicious and I always love the addition of raisins and pine nuts to fish, which is typically Sicilian. I find that the sweetness of the raisins goes very well with the flavour of the sardines and pine nuts are always great for a little crunch! If your kids are not very fond of fish, try making these, as they don’t really “look” like fish… sardines are very healthy and these patties taste amazing! Don’t forget to check out all my other Regional Italian recipes! Enjoy! Continue reading
I know many people find making bread relaxing. And I do understand why… kneading is good for you and it does take your mind away from everyday worries. I have a very similar experience when making pasta. And more precisely when shaping pasta with my hands. I find it a very relaxing and fulfilling activity. It is a bit like creating a work of art (especially when you get the shape right ;-P)… you can make bow ties, trofie, gnocchi, strascinati… the list goes on and on, all from a piece of dough! You can check out my tutorials here. One of my favourite shapes of home-made pasta is orecchiette. I love how easy they are to make and how cute they look when they are ready! And then, obviously, I love how they pick up all the sauce thanks to their rough surface and their folds! The recipe for the sauce I am going to share with you today is very quick to make and is perfect for a weekday meal (you can use store bought orecchiette if you are short on time!)… it is a complete meal as it contains vegetables, meat and pasta! My kids love it and the family is always very happy when I make it! Hope you like it too! Enjoy! Continue reading
My husband doesn’t like chocolate. Or so he claims. No, wait. That’s not correct, he doesn’t like milk and dark chocolate… but he ADORES white chocolate. So, when I saw these little molten puddings, I knew I had found a recipe that would really please him. My kids and I have no problems with any kind of chocolate, so we all loved them! They taste as good as they look (or they look as good as they taste… you pick)! And the best thing is that they are really quick and easy to make. The only recommendation is to make sure you get the right temperature/cooking time for your oven as that is paramount to getting the molten centre: if you overcook them, you will end up with a normal (yet delicious) cake, but if you undercook them, you won’t even be able to unmould them! Make sure to serve them warm! Enjoy and scroll down to check out who won a copy of Manu’s Christmas Menus thanks to my giveaway! Continue reading
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 recipe from and in turn someone else will be assigned your blog. All you have to do is choose a recipe, make it and blog about it on the specified date. The only rule is to keep it a secret! If you are interested in learning more, or want to join the club, please visit the Secret recipe club website.
This month’s assignment was another very exciting one for me as I was lucky enough to be paired with Mary Anne and Mariel of Feast on the Cheap! Mary Anne and Mariel define themselves as “a mother-daughter duo starring a professional caterer and a fledgling foodie”. So you understand how happy I was to have the possibility to choose from one of the delicious recipes featured on their blog! In the end, I made their Buffalo Chicken Wings as I have always been intrigued by the Buffalo wings I see everywhere in the blogosphere and this recipe did not call for any hot sauce (which I would not know where to find here in Sydney). They were good, though I believe I overcooked them a little. Also, these are not spicy… so feel free to increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add a little Tabasco to the marinade if you like hot wings.
Also, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of my eBook Manu’s Christmas Menus! Click here for your chance to win!
Thank you so much for a delicious recipe Mary Anne and Mariel! Please, make sure you drop by Feast on the Cheap and check out their beautiful site!
Today’s recipe is very simple and quick to make. It is another one of my easy recipes that help me finish off leftovers. I had a little cream and cream cheese that needed to be finished quickly, so I whipped up these white chocolate cheesecake shooters. I added some amaretti cookies that I had in my pantry for a little crunch and also some fresh raspberries that always go great with white chocolate. I love small sweet treats like these and my favourite desserts are made in shooters… don’t they look cute? My husband liked them too and has been asking me to make them again… isn’t he lucky that I had written the recipe down?? Make these for yourself or for your next dinner party/buffet… everyone will love them and you won’t have worked too hard to make them. Which is always a plus! Enjoy! Continue readingPin It