Tahini Honey Roasted Cashews

Tahini Honey Roasted Cashews

Today I want to share with you a fantastic recipe for Tahini Honey Roasted Cashews.  Italians love and are qute famous for their aperitivo.  For who doesn’t know what aperitivo is… it is our way to start off dinner.  We usually drink some wine (cocktails have been introduced too, lately) and eat something with it,…

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Kaffir Lime and Yogurt Panna Cotta

Kaffir Lime and Yogurt Panna Cotta

By now you know how much I love panna cotta.  To me, it’s one of the fastest, tastiest and easiest desserts to make.  I love that you can make it in advance with minimum effort and present it as a very sophisticated looking dessert to your guests.  I have a few panna cotta recipes on…

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Margarita Chicken Wings

Margarita Chicken Wings

In the recent couple of years I have come to LOVE eating chicken wings.  They are really not something Italians eat a lot of.  I mean, we do eat them when we cook a whole chicken and we use them a lot to make chicken broth, but they are not an appetiser kind of food…

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Taleggio and Hazelnut Tarts

Taleggio and Hazelnut Tarts

Cheese is probably my favourite food.  I love to eat it plain, but I also enjoy cooking with it.  One of the things I miss the most about Italy is the variety of cheese and cold meats available at the local supermarket.  We are very spoilt for choice.  We don’t only find Italian products, but…

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Olive and Walnut Madeleines

Olive and Walnut Mini Madeleines

Today I want to share with you the recipe for a great appetiser: mini savoury madeleines made with walnuts and olives.  I saw these in an Italian food magazine and I just HAD to make them.  Actually, I made these for Christmas and served them as one of our appetisers, with blue cheese and honey. …

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Ginger Sesame Chicken

GINGER SESAME CHICKEN

I always have chicken tenders in my freezer… they are very versatile, quick to cook and they always please the whole family.  I love the fact that they are always moist and not dry.  I have never seen these in Italy, where you either buy breast or thighs (or the whole chicken).  I stumbled upon…

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HONEY AND GINGER PORK STIR FRY

Maybe not everyone knows this, but my eldest daughter has started her first year of “big school” in January. It is all very thrilling and exciting for all of us, though this has also brought a huge change in our routines. Let’s put it this way… I am now spending more time on the trains…

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Banana, Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie

BANANA, COCONUT AND PASSION FRUIT SMOOTHIE

Lately I have been experimenting quite a bit with smoothies and shakes.  The truth is, I have been left with some ripe fruits that needed to be used and I wanted to make something light and healthy with it.  Besides, I always find that smoothies are a great way to get my fussy children to…

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HONEY AND GORGONZOLA PIQUANT TERRINE WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE

If you follow this site, you know how much I like cheese and that, of all cheeses l like Gorgonzola the most.  I easily find Gorgonzola dolce here in Sydney, which is the creamier and milder version of it, but to come across the piquant version… well, that’s much harder.  So when I saw it…

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TRUFFLE HONEY & VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE

A little while ago, my husband and I went out to have dinner at a delightful restaurant called Chophouse.  We ate really well and I was particularly impressed by their Wagyu Tartare with truf­fle aioli, pear, pine nuts & white soy dressing and by their Wagyu Striploin with harissa… divine!  Also, I was pleasantly surprised…

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HONEY CHICKEN

I must admit I had never eaten honey chicken before moving to Australia.  I do not recall seeing it on the menu of any Chinese restaurants in Milano and I am not even sure whether it is an original Chinese dish.  All I know is that I was hooked to it from the first time…

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Soft Vanilla and Pink Salt Caramels

SOFT VANILLA & PINK SALT CARAMELS

I made these caramels to give away as presents for Christmas this year.  I had wanted to try and make my own caramels for ages, but all the recipes I came across had corn syrup as one of the ingredients and I wasn’t very keen on it… especially since I have never seen it around…

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