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………
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
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
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 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 !
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
This week sees the start of the prickly pear season on the island. I never considered myself to be a huge fan of this fruit until very recently when I tasted it just as it should be … eaten nearly as soon as it is cut. The flesh is moist, succulent and totally different, the seeds silky and smooth… not as trendy as passion … Read More Prickly Pear Season has arrived…Introducing the Prickly Pear Tart !
It happens once in a while when you try something out and you know that you will make it again and again. This weekend I wanted to make a cobbler and looked up several recipes with a plan to bake it in a tart shell as it is a far better way to plate. Everything looks neat and tidy in a tart! As I … Read More Turns out yummy ! Pineapple and Coconut Cobbler Tart
My chocolate hero is definitely Willie Harcourt Cooze www.williescacao.com, he who appeared in a Channel 4 documentary a few years ago, he who gave up everything to pursue his dream and produce the purest cacao in the world. As soon as his unusual cylinders hit the Waitrose www.waitrose.com shelves just after the documentary, they disappeared within hours, all completely gone. We had to wait … Read More Totally luscious Cuban Baracoa Chocolate Tart with Bee Pollen…
I am visiting a great aunt who is in a care home. She loves freshly baked tarts. She is requesting pineapple, kiwi and grapes…. Quite a combination and something I would not have probably put together. But always far more thoughtful to take a gift that she actually wants as opposed to something I think she may like. I try to please…. Coconut is … Read More By special request: A tart of coconut custard in coconut crust…