Victoria’s 8th Birthday

Victoria’s 8th Birthday

  On the 16th my eldest daughter turned 8!!! I cannot believe it’s been 8 years already since the first time I got to hold her in my arms. She was so tiny! <3 And now she is turning into a beautiful girl. We love you so much princess and we are all very proud…

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Pumpkin Rolls

Pumpkin Rolls

Tt 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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Salmon Confit with Aioli

Salmon Confit with Aioli

I must admit that I do not watch many cooking shows on TV, but I do watch MasterChef.  I don’t particularly like reality shows, but I have actually learnt a couple of things from it.  Remember when I tried my hands at making Hot Tea Smoked Salmon?  MasterChef had inspired me to give it a…

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Torta Pasqualina Umbra

Torta Pasqualina Umbra

Today I’d like to share with you a traditional Easter recipe from the Italian region of Umbria.  Umbria is famous around the world for its hilly landscapes and old towns, such as Assisi and Orvieto to name just two.  It is a wonderful area of Italy and besides being beautiful, it also boasts delicious hearty…

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Delizie al Limone

Delizie al Limone

Today’s recipe comes from Naples and the Sorrentine peninsula, in the region of Campania: Delizie al Limone (Lemon Delights).  They are sponge cakes filled with a lemon cream, brushed with Limoncello syrup and covered in a lemon and whipped cream glaze.  Yes, you got that right… they are absolutely decadent.  As I have recently shared…

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Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Pomegranate Panna Cotta

Oh yes, another panna cotta recipe.  I know, I know… I already have quite a few on the blog, but it is a dessert that I really love and I often make it.  Besides, it is so easy and quick to put together that it often comes in handy.  Panna cotta is a little like…

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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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Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream

I must admit that this is one of those recipes that came about by chance.  Actually, it was created out of… leftovers.  I once made my Lavender and Jasmine Macarons and did not use all the Jasmine buttercream.  I had no intention of throwing it out and, even though the temptation was quite strong, I resisted…

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Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana

Milk puddings and custards are slowly replacing chocolate as my favourite kind of dessert.  While I used to always order anything with the word chocolate written on the menu when eating out, I have recently discovered that I prefer different flavoured creamy desserts.  One that I have always loved (even during my chocoholic years) is…

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Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

I made this Pineapple Mojito to serve to my friends on New Year’s Eve as an aperitivo, just to start things off before we sat down for dinner.  We had a Spanish theme that night and I know Mojito is not a Spanish cocktail, but I made a little exception as it is one of…

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Chocolate Cake with Zabaione

Chocolate Cake with Zabaione

Hello and Happy New Year everyone!  This is my first post for 2015 and to celebrate the beginning of a new year, it just had to be a dessert… and a chocolate one at that.  This is a very easy and moist chocolate cake, made with very little flour.  It is not too sweet, and…

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Are you all set for New Year’s Eve?  I am still adjusting the menu somewhat… I always do, and up until a few hours before the guests arrive I may change something here and there!  The idea this year is to have a Spanish theme, but I will let you know more about it when…

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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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Gulab Jamun  

Gulab Jamun

Happy Diwali!  Tomorrow will mark the beginning of Diwali (दिवाली), the “festival of lights”, a 5-day Indian festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.  Light is the symbol of the celebrations and many clay lamps filled with oil are lit during the 5 days of the festival.  As you…

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Orchid and Chocolate Cupcakes

Orchid and Chocolate Cupcakes

If you have been following Manu’s Menu for a while, you would have noticed that the site got a bit of a make-over.  I have been thinking about changing the look of my blog for a while, but never really took the plunge… until now.  There are still a few issues to fix and I…

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Marsala Gelato with Pumpkin Sauce

Marsala Gelato with Pumpkin Sauce

Today’s recipe is inspired by the month of October.  I know I say this often, but to me getting used to what I still consider “reversed” seasons is almost impossible. So October is still autumn to me, even though down here we are in the middle of spring!  That is why, I decided that combining…

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