Trying to find the perfect balance in a dinner is not always easy. I often start by deciding the main course, then the first coarse and /or the appetizers. The dessert is always my last step: pretty, colorful, not too heavy, manageable portions. Fresh oranges are abundant in December. In one of my older cookbooks, … More Find the appropriate after dinner dessert
It’s never easy to find the ideal after dinner dessert. It can’t be the protagonist of a meal, so it’s important to remember: not too heavy, not too much, not too complicated. I found out that Italians ( which counts for other southern countries) used to bring or wine, or dessert if invited to a … More Another simple dessert
Last weekend we invited our dear Italian friends for a dinner. I have to admit, I wanted to impress with non Italian recipes. We were only 6 and I cooked for 10, knowing that leftovers could be used in another version. The buffet will be explained in other blog posts. Our dinner tonight is a … More Last weekend I let myself go in cooking too much food
Baking pastries is dangerous 😉 but now and again 🙏. The following recipe for those delicious sweeties is quick and easy. For 12 little cakes you need 1 rectangular ready made puff pastry, 2 eggs, 75 grams of sugar, the zeste of 1 lemon, 150 ml cream, 15 grams of flour, 1 cinnamon stick and … More The famous Portuguese pasteis de nata❤
I bought 1 kilo of beautiful strawberries. Our dear friends Giancarla and Lucia have a country house in the middle of the spectacular Crete Senesi. The landscape is awesome and especially in this season. A Sunday afternoon tea is a perfect excuse to admire the green waves and to prepare us a strawberry pastry with … More The strawberry season
Cover a rectangular puff pastry ( on baking paper) with 150 grams of light Philadelphia cheese. Spread some pepper and 1 table spoon of dried basil. Clean 500 grams of green asparagus and 500 grams of puntarelle ( looks like asparagus points) or some green beans. Chop and fry 4 garlic cloves in a drizzle … More Puff pastry
Fresh artichokes are superb, but canned artichokes can be a perfect alternative for a lazy day or when baby artichokes are not available. Prebake a ready made puff pastry (make a few holes with a fork) in a cake form covered with firmly pressed baking paper in the oven at 180° for approx 10 mins. … More Canned artichokes ?