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Couscous with Mediterranean Pomegranates and mint from the garden

A very light supper tonight using my peak pick of the week, the rosiest, juiciest pomegranates imaginable and fresh mint from the garden, all nurtured by the Mediterranean sun and goodness of the earth. There is something very Middle Eastern and exotic about the combination of pomegranates and mint. This is a simple, quick meal to prepare and so appealing to the eye that … Read More Couscous with Mediterranean Pomegranates and mint from the garden

Chili Bournville Chocolate Brownie in a Mug

So many blogs and tv chefs tell us about Chocolate Brownies in a Mug. At my mum’s today, my daughter had a craving for chocolate cake. So now I join all the other bloggers and tv chefs who have featured a brownie in a mug. And what a quick process it is…. from start to finish in under 5 minutes… Mixing the flour and … Read More Chili Bournville Chocolate Brownie in a Mug

Cinnamon Palmiers with Carob Syrup, a quick and easy weekend bake

I like to keep a packet of ready-made puff pastry in my freezer. These palmiers are delicious and a great emergency fresh bake. I lightly drizzle some carob syrup as soon as I take them out of the oven and the combination of carob and cinnamon is divine. You will need : 1 sheet ready-made good quality puff pastry, thawed if frozen 1 tablespoon … Read More Cinnamon Palmiers with Carob Syrup, a quick and easy weekend bake

Pomegranates at the peak of ripeness…. from the tree straight into the pan !

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 !

Almond Snowdrops

Out of the oven freshly baked, melt-in-the-mouth, the lightest Almond Snowdrops. A perfect recipe, a dough so satiny that it is literally a pleasure to knead and to touch ! You must try them and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. You will need : 1 cup soft butter 1/2 cup icing sugar plus extra sugar for dusting 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup … Read More Almond Snowdrops

Rustic and colorful… Local sourdough with Mediterranean peppered goats cheeslets

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 pur√©e 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

A quick pasta supper tonight… Penne Tricolor with Gorgonzola Dolce and Walnuts

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

Giada’s round the world food tour for kids and Zeppoli with Mediterranean Thyme Honey for tea !

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 !

Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version

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

A glorious preserve using local fruits … Greengage Ginger Jam

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

Healthy and hearty Shepherds Pie …

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 …

A quick weekday meal: Pork Chops with Rosemary and Pancetta

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