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Tag: Cooking Hints

Quick and easy sticky chilli ribs

I find with this marinade that you do not need to leave it overnight, if you have forgotten to prepare something for tonight or are not organized enough, two hours with this one is enough to bring out all the delicious flavors.I serve this with a huge dish of egg fried rice to satisfy all those hungry appetites and extra baked potatoes, especially a … Read More Quick and easy sticky chilli ribs

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Roberto cooks for Jane…. Pappardelle with pumpkin, chestnuts, pancetta and sage !

Well the day did turn out bright and sunny after all. I did not wear a coat, just a cardigan in the middle of January ! So with glorious weather we did glorious things and I visited the largest inner city garden in Europe and in the most beautiful garden of dreams we picked lemons, cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli Jane came with me. She … Read More Roberto cooks for Jane…. Pappardelle with pumpkin, chestnuts, pancetta and sage !

Poached pears with yoghurt and honey

It is very early in the morning here. I find I write best before sunrise and I am promising myself to go for a long walk as soon as I post this. I have not kept my new year resolution to go for a long walk everyday and I must put more effort to make it happen EVERYDAY without fail ! as it is … Read More Poached pears with yoghurt and honey

The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

It is bright, sunny and glorious on the island today. Over the last year I have written a lot about The American Dream on this blog and in the local press. As we turn on our TVs we see the bad freezing weather conditions all over the world and once again I am reminded that I live the Mediterranean Dream every day that I … Read More The Mediterranean Dream and Orange Walnut Stromboli

Quick weekday meal…Roasted Sunchoke Soup

A quick and easy weekday meal. Soups are lovely in winter and although it is windy with a light rainfall today, this has been a mild winter so far … we have not needed to turn on the heating in the last 10’days. Sunchokes are now available locally. On the island they are known as Jerusalem Artichokes. They are high in minerals especially potassium, … Read More Quick weekday meal…Roasted Sunchoke Soup

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

A rumtopf inspired fruit compote ….

With Christmas approaching, I start to automatically think of Christmasy treats and I made this fruit compote yesterday out of fruit that was starting to go soft. I had kiwis, plums and grapes but did not have much time to spare. For Christmas I always make the fantastic German treats, the irresistible german gingerbread, the cinnamon stars, I can smell the spices, home made … Read More A rumtopf inspired fruit compote ….

Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

Greek food at the hotel on Fridays and I make a variety of desserts, some soft and quite healthy desserts using greek yoghurt and a range of traditional Greek pastries and cakes using a stack of recipes I collected when I lived in Cyprus. Some were given to me by local friends who were great cooks and some came from chefs at restaurants. I … Read More Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

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 …..

Ari’s Ultimate Quiche

Ari came to the window of my car and dropped a small foil packet into my lap saying very quickly that she wanted me to taste last night’s supper …. I nearly forgot about it until I felt quite hungry an hour later and returned to my car for my food supplies. I knew it would be something delicious as she is a fantastic … Read More Ari’s Ultimate Quiche

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…..

Melon Chili Ginger Chutney… and a new way for sterilizing !

I am into making preserves, jams and chutneys at the moment. The abundance of fruits on this small island inspire me, their ripeness and freshness, straight from the tree into the pan. It’s like preserving the freshness for the winter when the local variety will no longer be available. I like cutting my own fruit…. I love being outdoors, the clear blue skies and … Read More Melon Chili Ginger Chutney… and a new way for sterilizing !