Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple of months ago, I shared with you the recipe for some amazing Coconut Cookies.  I had got that recipe as part of my monthly Secret Recipe Club assignment.  While deciding on what recipe to make, I had also bookmarked today’s recipe and as I just could not get it out of my head, I had to make it!  Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, I mean… how decadent does that sound?  As my girls have been home for their winter holidays, I thought this was the best time to try these cookies out.  They were a hit.  They are very big, so my girls have been sharing them… you are advised.  Also, beware that they are very hard to resist!  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Chicken Involtini with Prosciutto and Fontina

Chicken Involtini with Prosciutto and Fontina

Chicken is definitely the kind of meat we eat the most.  My children like it more than any other meat and even though I have always preferred beef, I now enjoy it too.  Being that we eat chicken often, I am always looking for different ways to serve it, so it doesn’t get too boring.  Let’s face it, chicken can be boring… and sometimes even tasteless.  But if you cook it in the right way and add some good and tasty ingredients, it can become the star of your dinner table, which is exactly what happened to these rolls the other day.  They are very easy to make and taste so good!  The filling is delicious and bold in flavour, which contrasts very well with the mild sweetness of the sauce.  A true winning combination!  Serve the involtini warm with a glass of cold white wine and… enjoy! Continue reading

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Salted Caramel Gelato #SundaySupper

Salted Caramel Gelato 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 I know I am going to miss this chilly weather in just a few weeks when spring arrives.  Winter is always so short in Sydney!  In the meantime, I thought of sharing a special ice cream recipe.  It is special because it is not your everyday (overly sweet) ice cream.  This is a Salted Caramel Gelato, which is salty, sweet and slightly bitter all at the same time.  It is great for people like me who do not like sweets that are too sugary and it is the perfect accompaniment to desserts that are indeed quite sweet (like, let’s say, lava cakes or apple pies/tarts).  In fact, I have served it with an apple crumble and I could not stop eating it: it balances out all the flavours.  This gelato requires only 4 (or 5) very common ingredients and it is very easy to put together.  The hardest part will be to wait for it to freeze before you can eat it!  Make it and I know you will thank me! Continue reading

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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 classic Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon Bagel, one of the American dishes I love the most.  I had it for the first time in New York as a teenager and I immediately fell in love with it.  This Mille-feuille has the same ingredients used to fill a bagel… but without the bagel.  I am using my own puff pastry instead.  It is a great appetiser idea, elegant yet very easy to make: perfect for your next dinner party.  I also think it is a great dish to serve at buffets.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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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 have a cup of tea… I am not used to eating early in the morning, and I seldom do.  Holidays are an exception to the rule for me.  Whenever we travel, I like to treat myself to a nice breakfast.  I particularly liked the breakfast food we used to eat in Tahiti and I have already recreated a couple of dishes from that delicious spread: Pineapple and Passion fruit Jam and Firi Firi.  There was another cute little dish that I always had as part of my daily breakfast in Bora Bora: it was called verrine fraîcheur, a little refreshing shooter.  The concept is very simple: some local jam and Greek yogurt, served cold.  It tastes just like dessert, but it is breakfast… and it is very light.  I recreated it and added some fresh passion fruit pulp and cornflakes for a little crunch and while eating, for a moment, I thought I was back in Bora Bora.  It is a very easy, healthy and delicious breakfast idea!  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Panino con la Salamella #SundaySupper

Panino con la Salamella

Today the Sunday Supper group is inviting everyone to a big Virtual Picnic!  It is summer in the Northern hemisphere and a picnic is in order.  Even for us down here, stuck in the coldest months of the year, picnic food is fun and always great to pin and bookmark.  I love “dreaming” of summer time and plan all the outdoorsey things we can do once the chill is over.  And picnics are high on our family priority list.  So, I am going to go through all the Sunday Supper delicious suggestions and save them for those special days.
What am I contributing to this fun event?  A sandwich.  Though it is not your everyday sandwich, as I am sure you would have guessed from the pictures.  Panino con la Salamella is a typical sandwich from Northern Italy, made with pork sausage (salamella), sweet peppers, onions and a sauce.  Also, the bread used is a francesino (literally “little French”), a bread roll from Milan.  You can substitute it with a baguette as the dough is very similar. There are many variations, off course, and some modern twists also add cheese (I have seen some with brie) and go all crazy with sauces.  I wanted to stay as traditional as possible, as this sandwich is an iconic street food item in Milan, the city I was born in (and that is why I am also tagging this recipe under my Regional Italian food series).  It is typically sold by kiosks and food trucks, outside sports or concert venues… or even at trafficated street crossings, where people are bound to pass by.  Eating one of these sandwiches is a must when going to watch a soccer match, or as a midnight snack when coming out from one of the many clubs in the city.  It is a hearty, no nonsense (and not diet friendly) food.  Comfort food at its best.  To me, there is no other sandwich that can compare.
Because it is such an iconic dish, I wanted to get it absolutely right.  So, I did some research (aka, I asked my friends from Milan via Facebook) to see what they like in their Salamella sandwich.  I got a few variations, but everyone agreed that a classic version HAD to include peppers and onions.  As for the sauce, 50% preferred mayo and the other 50% preferred Dijon mustard… so you can choose, according to your taste buds.
I do not have access to salamella here in Australia… but a little while ago I made Verzini sausages, which are exactly the same thing, but smaller (a verzino is about 10 cm – 4 inches long, while a salamella is about 15 to 20 cm – 6 to 7.5 inches long)… So, I used 2 verzini per sandwich and it worked out great!  This sandwich is amazing.  I strongly recommend you try it.  I cooked everything in a pan on the stove, as it’s winter here, but this is the perfect dish to make on the barbecue!  Enjoy and thank you very much Jane of Jane’s Adventures in Dinner for being a fantastic host!! Continue reading

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Pomegranate Mojito

Pomegranate Mojito

Mojito is one of my all time favourite drink.  It reminds me of my time in Cuba, a place I love dearly.  I have already shared with you the recipe for the “original” Mojito, made with lime and mint leaves.  There’s nothing better than a minty Mojito, especially on a hot summer evening.  It is so refreshing!  Today’s version is a slight variation to the traditional recipe, as it includes pomegranate juice.  I think it is a great addition.  The pomegranate flavour is subtle, sweet and tart at the same time and it just adds to the freshness of the final drink.  And the colour is just stunning!  What is your favourite drink?  Cheers everyone! Continue reading

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Coconut Tiramisù in a Jar

Coconut Tiramisù in a Jar

Oh Tiramisù, how much I love thee!  I must admit I have had my share of terrific home-made tiramisù while growing up.  Back then it was mostly the classic coffee flavoured version, and I have always thoroughly enjoyed it.  Then the fruity versions started to appear, mostly made with peaches and strawberries.  I like those too, but nothing has ever swayed me away from the classic flavour.  Well, until now.  I had a few left overs, including some coconut water and shredded coconut, mascarpone and savoiardi cookies… so I just had to give a Coconut Tiramisù a try, and guess what?  It tasted awesome.  It was very delicate and not overly sweet, so you could taste the coconut in it and it was soft and comforting like the best tiramisù, but with a tropical twist!  Try it and you won’t be disappointed.  I served it in little individual jars, just to make it cuter, but a normal serving plate is fine too.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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