Beetroot Hearts with Goat Cheese

Beetroot Pasta Hearts with Goat Cheese

As you know, I love to play around with pasta’s colours and shapes.  With Valentine’s Day coming up in a couple of days, I thought heart shaped pasta would be in order.  And to make it even more appropriate for the occasion, I thought of making it pink.  You simply add some beetroot to your…

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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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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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Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

The first time I had Cucumber Sandwiches, they were served as part of a high tea I attended with friends.  To me, the idea of having savoury treats along with tea sounded quite weird.  You see, Italians only have sweets with tea (mainly cookies or pastries), so the thought of eating a cucumber sandwich (of…

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Home-made Puff Pastry

Home-made Puff Pastry

I am very excited about today’s recipe, as I will be showing you how to make puff pastry from scratch!  For a while I have been debating whether or not to publish it on a separate post or just add it to my Techniques page where I share other basic dough recipes.  The reason is that,…

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PAIN AUX RAISINS

Remember that a few months ago I shared with you the recipe of how to make the perfect French Croissants?  Well, today I am back with another French breakfast classic: Pain aux Raisins.  During my frequent Parisian visits as a child, I would always have pain au chocolat for my breakfast, while my parents would…

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Croissants

CROISSANTS

In a “celebration” of past Daring Cooks and Daring Bakers challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we’d like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try! I must confess I was out-of-this-world-happy with this month’s challenge.  And so much so as it…

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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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RISO AL SALTO

Today I want to share with you a traditional recipe from the city of Milano in Lombardy, where I was born.  It is actually such an easy dish to make that even calling this a “recipe” may sound a bit exaggerated.  I have to say though, that it is probably the most clever way to…

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SOLE MEUNIÈRE

Maybe not everyone knows this, but there is quite a bit of “rivalry” between Italy and France.  We call them “our transalpine cousins”, but the truth is there is a lot of competition going on… and not only about soccer!  Who has the best wine?  Or cheese?  Which cuisine is best?  French people will tell…

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STRAWBERRY CRUMBLE BARS

I know I have already said this, but how hard is it to get adjusted to living with inverted seasons??  It is so weird to think of Christmas as a summer holiday or Easter as an autumn holiday…  in the same way, April reminds me of spring, sunshine and… strawberries.  So, even though it is…

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