Strawberry Jam Crostata

Strawberry Jam Crostata

I had some of my Strawberry Jam leftover and I immediately knew what I wanted to make with it.  Crostata is a basic Italian cake.  When I say basic, I mean that everyone knows how to make it and it is one of those cakes that people often make at home.  It is probably the most…

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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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Lamb Gozleme

Lamb Gozleme

I love Gozleme. Did you know that the name “Gozleme” comes from the word goz that means “eye” in Turkish? Apparently it derives its name from the little round black spots that form on the dough after cooking it! Since discovering this little tasty pocket of Turkish goodness, I have tried many different fillings and…

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Spinach and Feta Gozleme

SPINACH AND FETA GOZLEME

I have only recently discovered Gozleme.  Sydney is full of little Turkish shops that sell amazing food, but I had always ordered a kebab or a pide.  At least until a few months ago, when I had a spinach and feta Gozleme and I loved it so much, I have never ordered anything else.  I…

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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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MEAT FILLED APULIAN PANZEROTTI

I cannot believe it’s Carnevale time already! Didn’t we celebrate Christmas just the other day??  Anyhow, today’s recipe had to be related to this amazing festivity, which also happens to be the one I like the most.  I soooo miss Carnevale… back in Italy we all dress up in masks and go around playing tricks and having…

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PIZZETTE

Today I am going to share with you another piece of my childhood.  I don’t remember ever attending a birthday party as a child where there was no focaccia and/or pizzette as part of the buffet.  Usually you can buy these little pizze (pizzette actually means “little pizze”) at any bakery and kids love them. …

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BAKED EMPANADAS

Today’s recipe is not Italian as you may have guessed.  Empanadas are a South American delicacy and are very popular in many countries.  I have actually learnt that there are many different kinds of empanadas, many different fillings and doughs and different ways of cooking them too!  I guess it is one of those dishes…

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Gnocco Fritto

GNOCCO FRITTO

Today’s Regional Italian dish comes from the region of Emilia Romagna, an area where you find some of the best Italian food.  Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella, Culatello, Parmigiano Reggiano, Tortellini, just to name a few, all come from here.  It is “foodie heaven” and I cannot recommend it enough for a taste of amazing Italian…

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BAGUETTES

As many of you already know I spent quite some time holidaying in France as a child.  My parents have always loved our transalpine cousins and whenever possible they would squeeze in a few days to visit France.  I wasn’t too happy about it back then… l would have preferred to visit different places… not…

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