Today’s Paper This recipe was given to me by Renato. His father Guzi first made it as a speciality for the family Dolceria in Old Mint Street in 1955. And for the pastry you will need: 160g Flour 50g Sugar 50g softened Butter 3 drops Vanilla Extract 35g Water Zest of a quarter of a fresh Lemon Pinch of cinnamon A 10 inch Tart … Read More Hazelnut and Honey Tart
I share with you today a photo from the party on Friday hosted by Ambassador Hennessy which many of you have asked about. The Dancers on a special visit to the island for St Patrick’s gave a magnificent performance. They wear blue which was the original color associated with St Patrick but over the years the tradition changed to the color of three leaf … Read More The Dancers and an Irish Coffee Bread and Butter pudding
Strawberry Shortcake goes to follow her dreams in the movie Sweet Dreams making her an ideal Valentine choice and I am today making a simple and straightforward Valentine treat for those who want to make something at home rather than use shop-bought and don’t have the time to spare after a busy work week. These are shortcake squares laced with chopped fresh strawberries and … Read More Valentine bites … Strawberry Shortcake
Eggplant reminds me so much of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking and very few are those who dislike it. I remember when we had to salt eggplant slices to remove moisture and bitterness before cooking but the variety we find in most stores these days does not require any of this preparation and therefore here is the most simple, most delicious, wholesome, hearty and … Read More Quick weekday meal.. if you are in a hurry, a very simple eggplant bake !
This is another wonderful recipe from Marco and Fabio from Jessie’s Bar and I am making it for lunch today. We had it as a first course during the Accademia Della Cucina Italiana dinner last week. Fabio tells me that Pici were traditionally served with a stew of wild boar but I am using a good quality beef. If you are too busy to … Read More Home Made Pasta from the Maremma region in Tuscany for Sunday lunch…
A long weekend is with us as the island prepares for the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck on Monday. You may think I exaggerate when i say that we have glorious weather at the beginning of February but it is true that today we have another marvelous day, clear cloudless skies and we are already starting to enjoy longer days, glorious bright days in … Read More A mildly hot chutney …
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
Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year. Goodbye to the snake and welcome to the horse with celebrations for the next two weeks … There are a number of Asian food stores on the island and I popped in to Mr and Mrs Wang’s store yesterday as they stock authentic asian ingredients and brands. I love Asian food and when I … Read More Welcome to the Year of the Horse … Crispy beef and broccoli noodles
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 !