Tag: Pastry

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

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………

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 ?

Roasted Plum Crumble Pie

Life is full of imperfections. We are all full of imperfections, physical flaws that are easily visible and character flaws that most of the time go unnoticed and leaves everyone surprised when they suddenly become visible to others. But there is goodness in everyone and this applies to fruit and vegetables that appear imperfect. Today’s pie is another of my chosen recipes for the … Read More Roasted Plum Crumble Pie

Salmon, Fior di Latte and Walnut Tart

Supper tonight is a simple tart with fresh poached salmon, Fior di Latte and Toasted Walnuts accompanied with a simple mixed leaf salad. I like the texture of the finished pastry of this recipe. Always willing to try something new, I added a whole egg rather than an egg yolk to the dough and I ended up with a very workable dough with literally … Read More Salmon, Fior di Latte and Walnut Tart

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

Giada’s round the world food tour for kids and Zeppoli with Mediterranean Thyme Honey for tea !

The most perfect weather on the island, slightly cooler now. Clear blue skies, the gentlest breeze and a feeling of warmth. Summer will be with us for at least another month or so and this is the time to go to the beach without the midsummer crowds. I am preparing a batter to make Zeppoli for tea today. These Neapolitan bite size doughnuts are … Read More Giada’s round the world food tour for kids and Zeppoli with Mediterranean Thyme Honey for tea !

Savory individual ricotta pies…. And if you visit London and do not quite make it to the dream island….

If you have not yet been fortunate enough to experience the little island in the heart of the Mediterranean but happen to be visiting London you will find a cafe in Fulham Road called Parparellu. A big dose of nostalgia and memory lane for all natives gone afar no longer able to bask in the island’s warmth and hospitality. Here they will find familiar … Read More Savory individual ricotta pies…. And if you visit London and do not quite make it to the dream island….

A taste of New York…. baked ricotta cheesecake !

A typical New York cheesecake is made with cream cheese and sour cream but mine today is a taste of Italian New York. The best cheesecake I ever tasted was a ricotta baked cheesecake from Venieros in New York. This is where you can also get sugar free cookies and carb free cakes if you are watching your calories ! I remember coming back … Read More A taste of New York…. baked ricotta cheesecake !

Traditional Mini Bakewell Tarts today for tea with old friends

A pleasantly hot sunny and clear day on the island Today its a get together and old catch up with busy friends, a quick rendezvous late afternoon between a workday and going home to cook supper. Last night I prepared some mini Bakewell tarts as they are so easy to transport and their flavor of the frangipane filling improves the following day. Today I … Read More Traditional Mini Bakewell Tarts today for tea with old friends

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…..

Parmesan and Rose Peppercorn Scones

A day of humidity, close cloudy skies but for me a glorious day everyday on this little Mediterranean island. Today I am going to mum’s for tea and although she adores my cakes and pastries, she prefers something savory so I am making some Parmesan and Rose Peppercorn Scones and I use the basic recipe from Delia’s online cookery course www.deliaonline.co.uk. I omit the … Read More Parmesan and Rose Peppercorn Scones