Tag: Breads

A taste of the American Dream in the heart of the Mediterranean …. how to make Stromboli

I write this blog knowing that most of you who visit are from the USA, an ocean and continent away. You have become so very special to me and I am touched by your contact and daily messages. You are curious and ask questions, a mere spot on the world map that some of you did not know about. Yesterday I prepared my food … Read More A taste of the American Dream in the heart of the Mediterranean …. how to make Stromboli

Was the Chelsea Bun the Victorian Cronut of its time ?

I could not sleep tonight, one of those sleepless nights when the harder you try, the less you manage to nod off. I am an extremely early riser but this was too early for my usual routine and I decided to bake something for a night-time breakfast…. There is an added bonus because I love to work with yeast…. Chelsea buns are such iconic … Read More Was the Chelsea Bun the Victorian Cronut of its time ?

Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

The US Ambassador HE Ms Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley welcomes me to her home and shares her favorite Thanksgiving recipes. It is the time of the year again when Americans all over the world stop to thank for their blessings, to appreciate and give thanks for what they have. Gratitude for the harvest, the provision, the abundance….. a nation so diverse with a fusion of cuisines … Read More Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley’s family favorites for Thanksgiving !

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley welcomed me to her official residence and we tasted all her home made family favorite Thanksgiving specialities. What a treat, everything was so delicious and fresh……Corn muffins, her own mother’s recipe for sweet potato pie, a home made cranberry and orange marmalade using Mediterranean oranges from her garden and the most luscious beetroot chocolate cake with beetroot frosting which I can … Read More Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley’s family favorites for Thanksgiving !

A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

Today, the American Embassy on the island lowers its flag on the 50th anniversary of President J F Kennedy’s assassination …. I am fascinated by America and whatever makes America tick when it comes to food. Everyone watches while America innovates, everyone copies while America moves on to the next new creation…. And far away from the USA, on a tiny island in the … Read More A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

Chocolate Cherry Chubbies…. an Irish soda bread recipe

An old shop front in the City * I made these Chubbies a couple of weeks ago when I was working with Mrs Hennessy on a number of Irish recipes for a newspaper spread but did not feature them at the time. I used an Irish soda bread recipe and added chocolate and maraschino cherries. They are very! rustic in appearance, certainly not suitable … Read More Chocolate Cherry Chubbies…. an Irish soda bread recipe

An Irish week in the heart of the Mediterranean !

The table is set ….. Following a dinner at the residence of HE the Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs Monica Hennessy to promote Irish foods with The Hon Karmenu Vella, Minister of Tourism and Mrs Vella as guests of honor, I am dedicating the next week to cooking dishes using ingredients from Ireland. My pages on today’s newspaper features Mrs Monica Hennessy at her … Read More An Irish week in the heart of the Mediterranean !

Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

The table is set for dinner with Waterford Crystal and Newbridge Silver cutlery at the home of HE the Ambassador Jim Hennessy and Mrs Monica Hennessy Mrs Hennessy welcomed me to her home and prepared a most delicious meal. She is a person of great warmth and intelligence and a wonderful mother to three children. Her eldest daughter is studying medicine in Dublin and … Read More Mrs Hennessy bakes Irish Foccacia using Rachel Allen’s recipe !

Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe

. This is Ronan Hennessy. He is 16 years old today… happy birthday Ronan ! He loves living on the island and has made a lot of friends and feels very settled here. He plays a lot of sports and especially likes football. Ronan appreciates the warm weather and the island’s mild winters. He also enjoys local food and cooking and last year he … Read More Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe