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…

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…

Cranberry Mocktail

I am not a big fan of alcoholic drinks, so while I would never decline a good glass of bubbles, I am not a big cocktails drinker. As we are entering the Holiday Season , I was looking for a nice festive drink to serve as a pre-dinner aperitif. I was considering a few options…

Festive roasted nuts

If nuts can be an addition, then this spicy roasted nuts are my festive addiction! These are sweet, salty and spicy and you get a punch from the various spices as you eat them, it’s a true journey of flavours! I like snacking on nuts! Almond and walnuts are my favourite ones and I always…

Carrot and Orange Vellutata

Vellutata, an Italian creamy soup, is one of my favourite ‘fridge clean’ dishes! Together with risotto, frittata, and possibly quiche, this is how I usually cook vegetables that need to be used up. This vellutata is a classic example. Few weeks ago I had some soft carrots in my fridge so I added some chilli,…

Asparagus and Feta Quiche

Quiche is the perfect way to cook a quick lunch or dinner and clean up any vegetable and food in your fridge. I love making quiches for picnics and barbecues as you can make them in advance and test just as delicious when cold. All my quiches consist of few basic ingredient: Shortcrust – usually…

Pumpkin Choc Chip Cake

One of my passions is USA and with it comes the passion for all that is american, hence Halloween!! Every year this time of the year all I think about is pumpkin pie, but I have never ventured to actually bake a cake with pumpkin in it. This week I decided the time had come…