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The Queen of Rocky Road

Boys especially seem to love Rocky Road. My daughter first made it when she was in high school in the UK. At the time, it was not so popular yet outside the US although I am told that Rocky Road actually originates from Australia. She very quickly became known as The Queen of Rocky Road as she took it in with her to school … Read More The Queen of Rocky Road

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Prickly Pear Season has arrived…Introducing the Prickly Pear Tart !

This week sees the start of the prickly pear season on the island. I never considered myself to be a huge fan of this fruit until very recently when I tasted it just as it should be … eaten nearly as soon as it is cut. The flesh is moist, succulent and totally different, the seeds silky and smooth… not as trendy as passion … Read More Prickly Pear Season has arrived…Introducing the Prickly Pear Tart !

Turns out yummy ! Pineapple and Coconut Cobbler Tart

It happens once in a while when you try something out and you know that you will make it again and again. This weekend I wanted to make a cobbler and looked up several recipes with a plan to bake it in a tart shell as it is a far better way to plate. Everything looks neat and tidy in a tart! As I … Read More Turns out yummy ! Pineapple and Coconut Cobbler Tart

Cooking with Janell and Elaine from Minnesota! What a pleasure it was…

Janell and Elaine with Doris at the fishmongers! How lovely it was to have Janell and Elaine, two very lovely American ladies from Minesota, come to visit and cook with me! Janell and Elaine are both university professors from St Cloud State University. They are very well travelled and Janell’s knowledge of international cuisine is awesome. It is one of her hobbies to travel … Read More Cooking with Janell and Elaine from Minnesota! What a pleasure it was…

A simple healthy breakfast… Greek yoghurt with fig compote and pistachios

A combination of yummy and heaven, this is food that touches the soul. A compote of fresh figs in lime juice and zest enveloped in Greek yoghurt and scattered with pistachios…. How much better can it get ? And I make a batch of compote and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it lasts for up to a week…. You … Read More A simple healthy breakfast… Greek yoghurt with fig compote and pistachios

Quick weekday meal: Rigatoni with Fileja Herb Mix

Everyone is busy today, start of a new week before shut down on the island when a good number of businesses actually completely shut down for a week or two in the height of the summer. I don’t quite understand it yet. It is a tradition I suppose which does not quite make sense for international trade where it is business as usual for … Read More Quick weekday meal: Rigatoni with Fileja Herb Mix

Totally luscious Cuban Baracoa Chocolate Tart with Bee Pollen…

My chocolate hero is definitely Willie Harcourt Cooze www.williescacao.com, he who appeared in a Channel 4 documentary a few years ago, he who gave up everything to pursue his dream and produce the purest cacao in the world. As soon as his unusual cylinders hit the Waitrose www.waitrose.com shelves just after the documentary, they disappeared within hours, all completely gone. We had to wait … Read More Totally luscious Cuban Baracoa Chocolate Tart with Bee Pollen…

Jam Making Day ! Fig Jam and Zucchini Ginger Jam …

What would you expect Paradise to be like ? I ask myself this question from time to time and wonder if it is similar to the tiny island in the Mediterranean where I now live. A heaven on earth, blissful, serene, surrounded by natural beauty… The sun shines nearly everyday and it is hot, very hot at times, but I love the heat. We … Read More Jam Making Day ! Fig Jam and Zucchini Ginger Jam …

By special request: A tart of coconut custard in coconut crust…

I am visiting a great aunt who is in a care home. She loves freshly baked tarts. She is requesting pineapple, kiwi and grapes…. Quite a combination and something I would not have probably put together. But always far more thoughtful to take a gift that she actually wants as opposed to something I think she may like. I try to please…. Coconut is … Read More By special request: A tart of coconut custard in coconut crust…

Quick weekday meal: Healthy lamb koftas with watermelon and mint…

A busy Monday and a quick meal for tonight, a healthy one. I am using good quality minced lamb for my koftas, no oil required as I bake them on a sheet and they retain all the moisture. The salted watermelon and mint has no dressing. I bake the koftas in a hot oven on baking paper and then put them on kitchen towel … Read More Quick weekday meal: Healthy lamb koftas with watermelon and mint…

So curious about the Cronut !

Follow follow follow me on facebook x The American dream certainly lives on in the form of the cronut. What a discovery! Since I read about the birth of the cronut in May, I have been curious… so very curious that my mouth waters when I hear about the long queues and waiting lists to get one. How will I manage to try one … Read More So curious about the Cronut !

Carob Syrup from the heart of the Mediterranean!

I get excited when I stumble on old recipes and look forward to trying them out in my kitchen. Today I am making a cake from a really old recipe but it requires carob syrup, a rather unusual ingredient. Although it is available on the island, I decide to make it myself. Is this a good idea? Carob is gluten free, nut free, dairy … Read More Carob Syrup from the heart of the Mediterranean!

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