Eggplant Sofficini

Eggplant Sofficini

If you follow this blog, you will be already familiar with sofficini, as I have already published a Ham and Cheese Sofficini recipe and a Mushroom Sofficini recipe a while ago.  For all the others who still do not know them, sofficini are delicious pockets of crunchy (yet soft) dough filled with all sorts of scrumptious cheesey…

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

During the Christmas holidays, we all tend to eat a lot.  And we also snack a lot more than during other times of the year.  I find it easier to snack on healthy food and fresh fruits here in Australia, as it is summer, but for all my friends and family up in the Northern…

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Pandoro

Pandoro

Christmas in Italy means Panettone or Pandoro.  There’s a huge rivalry between the supporters of these two traditional sweets and very often people who like one will tell you they dislike the other.  As a child, I was definitely on the Pandoro’s team.  Even though I have always liked sultanas (I used to eat them…

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Pomegranate Chicken Wings

Pomegranate Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are among my favourite appetisers or party food.  They can be made in so many different ways and they always taste delicious.  I love mine baked, but because I coat them in a little bit of flour and bake them for a long time, the skin becomes as crunchy as if they were fried, sans…

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Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

Bell pepper, or capsicum as they are known here in Australia, are among my favourite vegetables.  I have always liked them, ever since I was little.  In summer, they would make a regular appearance on our table and I was always delighted.  My mother would make them in many different ways and even though my…

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Mushroom Sofficini

Mushroom Sofficini

If you follow this blog, you will be already familiar with sofficini, as I have published a Ham and Cheese Sofficini recipe a while ago.  For all the others who still do not know them, sofficini are delicious pockets of crunchy (yet soft) dough filled with all sorts of scrumptious cheesey goodies.  These are usually sold…

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Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

This month, the Daring Cooks challenged us to think inside the box – the icebox, that is! Audax taught us some really cool tips and tricks for stocking our freezers with prepare-ahead meals that can keep our taste buds satisfied even during the busiest of times. It is back to school time for many families in the…

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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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Sticky Ginger Marmalade Tea Loaf

Sticky Ginger Marmalade Tea Loaf

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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Cabbage and Taleggio Crespelle

CABBAGE AND TALEGGIO CRESPELLE

The weather is getting warmer in Sydney, though I always find it hard to think of September/October as “spring”.  To me it’s still autumn, back to school season and the time during which to enjoy mushrooms, cabbage and pumpkin!  I am hopeless, I know!  So… before it gets even warmer down here, let me share…

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CHICKEN SOFFICINI

Today I want to share with you the recipe of chicken sofficini.  If you follow Manu’s Menu, I am sure you will remember my recipe for Ham and Cheese Sofficini – fried pastries filled with ham and cheese, typical Italian comfort food.  Well, during my summer holidays in Sicily, I would eat a lot of fish……

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Caramel Espresso Bars

CARAMEL ESPRESSO BARS

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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BAKED APPLES EN CROÛTE WITH BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE

Our lovely Monkey Queen of Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys, was our May Daring Cooks’ hostess and she challenged us to dive into the world of en Croute! We were encouraged to make Beef Wellington, Stuffed Mushroom en Croute and to bring our kids into the challenge by encouraging them to create their…

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SPINACH, PEAR AND TALEGGIO STRUDEL

I have always had a thing for cheese… and Italy, like France, is the cheese lovers’ paradise.  There are so many different cheeses and they vary from region to region (and sometimes from town to town!).  You could spend years tasting all of them.  And I like them all.  Hahahaha  Taleggio is very high on my…

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Sausage and Smoked Scamorza Stuffed Eggplant

SAUSAGE AND SMOKED SCAMORZA STUFFED EGGPLANT

Today’s recipe is pure comfort food.  As days get shorter and the weather gets cooler down here, I do feel the like cooking some hearty and comforting food.  I love vegetables, but my husband is a carnivore and he’s never fully satisfied with a vegetarian dinner.  This recipe satisfies the whole family as it has…

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Prosciutto, Rocket and Grana Cheese Pizza

PROSCIUTTO, ROCKET AND GRANA CHEESE PIZZA

My husband adores pizza… so, to please him (and the kids!), I usually make pizza on Sunday evening.  Home made pizza can be quite healthy, depending on the toppings you use and it is quite common in Italian houses to make pizza once a week.  While my husband enjoys his pizza with salami, I like…

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