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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Paw Print Cupcakes

Paw Print Cupcakes

I made these Paw Print Cupcakes for my daughter’s 5th birthday party.  The theme was “kittens”, as Georgia loves cats, so these cupcakes fitted the bill perfectly.  Not only, they were also very easy to make and decorate and the results were excellent.  I love how they look!  I made some vanilla cupcakes as a…

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Vanilla Poached Tamarillos

Vanilla Poached Tamarillos #SundaySupper

This week, the #SundaySupper bloggers are sharing recipes with ingredients that are hunted or foraged. This can include wild game or vegetarian options or also special ingredients that you have to source online or hunt down at specialty markets.  I love the theme!  As I regularly cook with ethnic ingredients (where for ethnic, I mean…

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Broken Glass Cupcakes

Broken Glass Cupcakes

Happy Halloween everyone!  I cannot believe it’s the end of October already!  This year has just flown!  Even though I haven’t experienced this holiday while growing up, I always get excited about it.  My kids love this day and we will be going trick or treating in our area, just like last year and the…

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Vanilla and Yogurt Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

Vanilla and Yogurt Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

Don’t you just love a good cheesecake?  I certainly do!  I particularly like today’s recipe as it is a 2 layered cheesecake.  The bottom layer is a normal baked vanilla cheesecake, while the top layer also contains Greek Yogurt… this makes the cake a tad lighter to the palate and a bit fluffier on the…

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Fish fillet with Tahitian Vanilla Sauce

Fish Fillet with Tahitian Vanilla Sauce

Today’s recipe may sound highly unusual, but it really isn’t.  When we visited Tahiti a few months ago, “fish with vanilla sauce” was on every restaurant’s menu and once we tried it, it wasn’t hard to understand why.  It is an amazing combination and one of the tastiest ways to eat fish.  Obviously, people in Tahiti…

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Peach Melba

Peach Melba

Happy Australia Day to all my fellow Aussies!  In honour of our National Holiday, I thought I’d share with you a special dessert: Peach Melba.  This delicious and very easy to make dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream was invented in the 1890’s by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the…

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Coffee and Vanilla Liqueur

COFFEE AND VANILLA LIQUEUR

Like every year, I made some edible gifts to give my friends for Christmas.  Last year, I had successfully made some Bailey’s Irish Cream, so this time I wanted to experiment with other flavoured liqueurs.  I love Kahlua, so I thought I would try that.  I found lots of recipes and in the end I…

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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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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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PEPPA PIG CHOCOLATE & VANILLA CUPCAKES

These are the cupcakes I made for my daughter’s birthday party.  My kids have a very sweet tooth (they took this after their daddy! ;-P), so cupcakes are a must for their birthday parties.  I love making them as I have great fun, especially deciding on the decorations and colours.  I was not very adventurous…

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GEORGIA’S 3RD BIRTHDAY

On the 1st my youngest daughter turned 3 and I have been quite busy organising her birthday party.  This was also the first time that her nonni were physically present for her birthday, so it was even more exciting for everyone!  Yes!  My parents are visiting us from Italy and we are having a great…

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Chestnut Rum Mousse

CHESTNUT RUM MOUSSE

Yesterday I showed you how easy it is to make your own Chestnut and Vanilla Cream… now that you have such a yummy treat in your fridge, how about making something else with it, if you haven’t finished it off the spoon yet, that is! Desserts in a glass are my kind of treat and…

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Chestnut and Vanilla Cream

CHESTNUT AND VANILLA CREAM – CRÈME DE MARRONS VANILLÉE

Chestnuts remind me of winter in Italy.  When it’s cold (and it does get quite cold in Milan), you can buy hot roasted chestnuts from street carts to warm you up.  The smell of roasted chestnuts always makes me think of Christmas and cozy winter evenings.  I soooo love them!  When they are in season,…

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CRÈME BRÛLÉE

Today I want to share with you the recipe of a popular French dessert: crème brûlée.  It is one of those dishes that should be in every food lover cookbook as it is a classic, simple yet sophisticated dish that pleases everyone.  I personally love it and it is one of my husband’s weaknesses.  I…

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MINI CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES

I love cheesecake… who doesn’t?  I have made my share of no-bake cheesecakes, but to tell you the truth, I still have to make a baked cheesecake at home.  Don’t ask me why, but baking a cheesecake always intimidated me.  After making these little gems though, I think I am going to have to bake myself…

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