Sourdough Pancakes

It is tradition in our family to have a special breakfast on birthdays. When we were children our special breakfast consisted of hot chocolate and cookies, growing up it become pancakes! There a number of pancakes recipes that are close to my hart, NYC’s Sarabeth’s is one of them, but this year I decided to…

Matzo ball soup

Matzo ball soup is a Jewish traditional dumpling soup and it is the first traditional dish my mother in law cooked for me and then taught me to cook. Ryan and I are a mixed religion couple and I love to celebrate my catholic traditions and his jewish one. This often results in a lot…

Spinach and ricotta tart

Spinach and ricotta tart is an Italian classic, perfect for a picnic, a brunch, or even dinner. I make it very often, especially when I am running low in vegetables as I can use frozen ones, and there is always a slice or two in my freezer ready to be used. The classic recipe uses…

Bagels

I first tasted bagels on my first trip to NYC in 2006 and it was pure love. It was impossible to find the same quality of bagels this side of the pond so I spent years looking forward to my next trip to the City and my next bagel! I have bagels and coffee for…

Lasagna al ragú

Lasagna al ragú is a popular dish in Italy and it’s often consumed for lunch on Sundays. In particular lasagna al ragú is a Neapolitan traditional dish made on Shrove Tuesday that dates back to ‘700. Historically families would eat lasagna in preparation for the Lent period, a time of sacrifice and deprivation in preparation…

Migliaccio Napoletano

A rich semolina and ricotta cake, similar to a cheesecake, traditionally baked in Naples on Mardi Gras during Carnival. It has very old origins dating back to the Middle Age when it was baked by farmers using millet, in Italian “miglio” hence the name “migliaccio”, and pig blood during the pigs’ slaughter season. The recipe…

Vegan Flapjacks

I have never been a big fan of flapjacks as I have always found them too sweet and incredibly buttery, so I was never too keen to make them at home. However Liam Charles recipe on last week’s Guardian Feast issue (No.158) took my attention. It didn’t use any refined sugar and it had a…

Spinach Cannelloni

When one thinks of cannelloni the first image that comes to mind is a line of little pasta tubes covered in generous amounts of béchamel sauce. However, when I think of cannelloni, I have images of our annual Christmas lunch at my father’s family house. The crackling fireplace on, two big tables, one for grown-ups…

Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving classic and I think I never tried it, let alone baked it before I met Ryan. My pie knowledge was limited to apple pie and pecan pie, but pumpkin was a complete novelty to me. I had no idea what it tasted like! So it comes to no surprise that…

Cranberry sauce

I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner about 6 years ago after I met Ryan. It was his first Thanksgiving in UK and our first together so I wanted to impress him by cooking the whole dinner from scratch!! I had never cooked cranberry sauce, sweet potato mash or pumpkin pie before so I had to…