Tag: Chocolate

Imperfect yet beautiful …. Pear and chocolate sponge

I had a photo shoot with Reuben yesterday afternoon and I am sharing a recipe with you for a chocolate and pear sponge I made in the morning as a ‘maybe’ for the shoot, but in the end we did not use it. I love fruit in my desserts and these chocolatey pears are so perfectly delicious and full of flavor. Fruit is rarely … Read More Imperfect yet beautiful …. Pear and chocolate sponge

Truffles, truffles and more truffles…

Today unexpectedly ended up being a bumper truffle-making day, over 1000 of them … a variety of flavors and colors, and looking at them on silver platters, a feast and it feels like Christmas is really coming now…. decadent, to-die-for truffles and just cannot wait. The smell of chocolate is making me nearly delirious. I dream of Prestat in London and how I am … Read More Truffles, truffles and more truffles…

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 …

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

Home made goodies for Christmas… Ari and mum make mincemeat..

As we approach the end of November, we start to see the first signs of the island’s mild winter. Ari took the beautiful photo this morning, considered a bit chilly here but in other European countries this would be a warm day. How spoilt we are ! And bringing out the light woolies reminds us that Christmas is coming and that this is really … Read More Home made goodies for Christmas… Ari and mum make mincemeat..

All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Halloween is here and this is one of the carved pumpkins made by Reuben’s team ! So what’s cooking today ? What do Reuben and his team have in store for Halloween ? Here is a peek view of what’s coming up today ! Reuben’s Halloween Risotto And his Smoked Duck and Pumpkin Salad And my Roasted Plum Crumble Pie And have a look … Read More All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Is the Eclair really the new cupcake ? baking Chocolate Eclairs today…..

As the sale of the cupcake declines, we see a global rise of 23 per cent in the sale of the eclair….So is it possible for the eclair to take over and reinvent itself as the trendiest pastry around ? The chocolate eclair has been a traditional pastry since the 19th century, but now we are seeing the introduction of new flavored fillings and … Read More Is the Eclair really the new cupcake ? baking Chocolate Eclairs today…..

The tallest chocolate building in the world ! an awesome talent …

From an island of dreams ….. And from the simple chocolatey Rocky Road to the largest and most complex chocolate creation in the world ever. Why do I write about this ? Because I have an open invitation from one of the world’s most talented chocolate artists to spend time with him while he builds the tallest chocolate creation ever. This promises to be … Read More The tallest chocolate building in the world ! an awesome talent …