Calm seas in Paradise, the soul of the island…. a garden in Paradise, a feast for the eyes, the glorious Mediterranean sea, the heart of the island beating peacefully.. …I cut pomegranates yesterday afternoon, red, rosy and full of flavor thanks to the Southern sun and soil which make them unique. I am planning many recipes this week using pomegranate as an ingredient and … Read More Pomegranates at the peak of ripeness…. from the tree straight into the pan !
Last week I was given a sandwich for lunch bought from a cafe on an industrial estate. I never came across a combination of the fillings and it was wonderful. The local peppered goats cheeslets have a unique flavor. My sandwich last week was spread with tomato purée which seems to keep the bread very moist and it included a crumbled up goats cheeselet, … Read More Rustic and colorful… Local sourdough with Mediterranean peppered goats cheeslets
What’s for supper tonight? An easy to prepare meal… under 10 minutes preparation time and its delicious. I use Penne Tri Color from Barilla and make a quick sauce using Gorgonzola Dolce which is milder than the regular Gorgonzola as it has a short aging period. The combination of walnuts, wine and a touch of single cream is heavenly. No slaving in the kitchen … Read More A quick pasta supper tonight… Penne Tricolor with Gorgonzola Dolce and Walnuts
The most perfect weather on the island, slightly cooler now. Clear blue skies, the gentlest breeze and a feeling of warmth. Summer will be with us for at least another month or so and this is the time to go to the beach without the midsummer crowds. I am preparing a batter to make Zeppoli for tea today. These Neapolitan bite size doughnuts are … Read More Giada’s round the world food tour for kids and Zeppoli with Mediterranean Thyme Honey for tea !
Beautiful murals in the old Palace Aubergines are always abundant on the island and I love this quick and easy to prepare classic North Italian dish using ingredients popular in Southern Italy. I am making it today with a bit of a local twist and I am crumbling up with fresh soft gbejna cheese sandwiched between the eggplant layers . So many people assume that … Read More Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version
Bright yellow and beautiful laced with tiny spears of fresh rosemary and it has retained its color, quite hard to achieve but finally achievable! A perfect end result. I cut greengage yesterday from a friend’s garden and I am using half to make a chutney with ginger and rosemary fresh from my mother this afternoon and with the other half I am processing whole … Read More A glorious preserve using local fruits … Greengage Ginger Jam
On the island we are starting to see the slow approach of fall. Summer lingers here for another month or so, but gone is the intense heat and heavy humidity. The sun shines, the sun always shines, this is the island of sunshine and of all good things in life. When we lived in the UK, Shepherds Pie was my family’s firm favorite in … Read More Healthy and hearty Shepherds Pie …
The awesome beauty of a warm October morning … A quick supper for tonight, mid week busy day. The pork on the island is amazing with over 160 pig farms here and it is so tender and far superior to the cheaper imported pork, both in quality and flavor. It is always best to buy fresh and locally sourced and I believe in quality … Read More A quick weekday meal: Pork Chops with Rosemary and Pancetta
Adreana kindly helped me out last minute and baked a heavenly hummingbird cake for my daughter’s birthday. We did not want to end up with leftovers nor did we wish to overeat today so she made a dainty 8 inch cake. I met Adreanna when I was covering the story of the tallest chocolate building in the world. She is one of the team … Read More Why is it a hummingbird? The original 1978 recipe for birthday girl …
This is a healthier cannelloni dish with oil and butter used very sparingly: The recipe serves 4 (or less for huge appetites !) and you will need : For the cannelloni 16 cannelloni tubes. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 large bunch fresh basil leaves, torn 500g spinach, fresh or frozen, chopped and thoroughly drained 1 teaspoon dried oregano Maldon Salt Freshly ground black … Read More Healthier spinach ricotta cannelloni
Savory individual ricotta pies…. And if you visit London and do not quite make it to the dream island….
If you have not yet been fortunate enough to experience the little island in the heart of the Mediterranean but happen to be visiting London you will find a cafe in Fulham Road called Parparellu. A big dose of nostalgia and memory lane for all natives gone afar no longer able to bask in the island’s warmth and hospitality. Here they will find familiar … Read More Savory individual ricotta pies…. And if you visit London and do not quite make it to the dream island….