Tag: Food and Drink

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

Quick Weekday Meal … Simple Tortiglioni Bolognaise with lots of fresh basil …

Back to work for most of us. if you enjoy your work, its a pleasure to return but if you lack the passion for it you may have the Monday blues this morning…. in a couple of days you may hopefully find the motivation again. I have a very simple dish today, a healthy wholesome and very simple pasta dish with a drizzle of … Read More Quick Weekday Meal … Simple Tortiglioni Bolognaise with lots of fresh basil …

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

Good wishes for a happy day, a successful year….Roast Leg of Lamb for lunch …..

A new year is a chance for a fresh start. My advice is – Grab It ! Fly with it ! – I am good at sticking to resolutions and like most people have a little list today to follow. I will certainly be resuming a daily long walk. As I started my blog in July, my walks reduced considerably and as my blog … Read More Good wishes for a happy day, a successful year….Roast Leg of Lamb for lunch …..

Quick Weekday Meal: Lamb Koftas

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: Lamb Koftas

A smooth and spicy guacamole dip …

Still in a mood where I want to see vibrant colors in my food to compliment the holidays, I made a guacamole dip yesterday. As long as the avocados are ripe and you squeeze lime juice straight away to prevent it from loosing its color, you cannot ever go wrong with this dip. I usually like mine with chunks in it, more texture, but … Read More A smooth and spicy guacamole dip …

Pistachio Brittle… a holiday treat …

Making brittle is a fun holiday thing to do and I like the vibrancy of pistachios. This brittle is delicious served with coffee after a meal and I am making a batch to last me though the holiday week. I love it also sprinkled on yoghurt. Until a couple of months ago I used Greek yoghurt in all my desserts but now find I … Read More Pistachio Brittle… a holiday treat …

Amon’s Christmas tips ! A happy Christmas………

Celebrity Chef Peter Dacoutrous , a good friend of mine handcrafted this beautiful crib…. Getting ready for Christmas makes us excited and a good part of the preparations are connected with food. Christmas is all about food and eating. I had a number of requests to suggest alternatives to the main turkey roast and I spent a day with Amon at Le Meridien planning … Read More Amon’s Christmas tips ! A happy Christmas………

And on Christmas Eve, Raspberry Cream Tart …

Very early before sunrise on Christmas Eve in the heart of the Mediterranean today, the strong winds howl and from my bed where I sit with a cup of coffee writng this post I hear the waves splash viciously against the rocks. I close my eyes and dream of summer, I long for the sun, the warmth and the brightness that fills me with … Read More And on Christmas Eve, Raspberry Cream Tart …

Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

A savory version of these individual sweet ricotta pies are very popular on the island but the sweet ones are rarely seen. They will start making an appearance in the local confectionaries as Christmas draws closer. They are very festive decorated with bright red and green sugar and delicious with bits of candid peel and chocolate grated into the filling. This recipe was passed … Read More Renato’s sweet ricotta pies

Marsala Chicken Bake and the most delicious Mediterranean Tomatoes

For weekday meals, I love simplicity oozing with flavor. For practical reasons and because of work commitments, everyone’s time is limited but it is so important to eat well and plan meals ahead without too many headaches. When I do not organize my meals at home and arrive late from work, I end up either going straight to bed without eating anything or snacking … Read More Marsala Chicken Bake and the most delicious Mediterranean Tomatoes

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak

Bright juicy clementines are at their peak on the island reminding us that Christmas is with us soon. Also know as Christmas orange, the clementine is lovely to decorate Christmas tables and I love this story about Santa Claus and the tradition of putting a clementine in Christmas stockings. I decided to make a large batch of crispy pickled Vietnamese Vegetables today as they … Read More Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak