My Minestrone

Minestrone is the ultimate comfort food and an amazing way to clean the fridge! I make it regularly during the winter season and the ingredients tend to change depending on what vegetables I have in the fridge. Usually my minestrone has a a mix of vegetables, few pulses, at least one cereal, a mix of…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pancakes are our favourite weekend brunch food, I love their thickness and richness and the fact that you can make them as healthy or indulgent as you want. I make them often, when friends are visiting, for birthday breakfasts or simple because I feel like it. Since last weekend was Halloween, it seemed a good…

Italian Sourdough Grissini

Grissini is the ultimate Italian snack! As a child I used to pretend grissini were cigarettes and eat them as if I was smoking them. Something that can seem horrifying to most people nowadays buy hey those were the eighties!! Grissini are often served in restaurants together with bread and are usually the first thing…

Halloween Crostata

It’s Halloween weekend and with pumpkins, witches and spiders all around we decided to join in and bake a Halloween crostata. The crostata has a chocolate base and uses two types of jam, raspberry jam and apricot compote. We used the extra dough to make a spider with its web to decorate the crostata and…

Blueberries Oat Muffins

Blueberries are one of my favourite breakfast berries, I love them with bircher muesli and granola, on toast with almond butter, in smoothies, on pancakes and, obviously, in muffins. There was a time in my life when I had a sort of addiction to Starbucks blueberry muffins. The addiction shifted to the rise and shine…

Pumpkin Lasagna

It’s October and as Autumn settles in I love the copper colours on the trees, the crunchy noise of the leaves on the pavement when you step on them, and the smell in the air and my kitchen. It’s open season for pumpkins, mushrooms, chestnuts and spices! Pumpkin is particularly typical of this time of…

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,…

Apple and Honey Bundt cake

As mine is an interfaith family, I am Catholic and my husband is Jewish, we celebrate both cultures and religious holidays, which means a lot of food-filled holidays! Our celebration calendar starts in September with Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is a two day celebration that marks the Jewish New Year, it celebrates the start of…

Sourdough Wholewheat Focaccia

Focaccia is a classic family pleaser, it’s perfect for any meal and season be it a picnic in the park, a quick lunch paired with some cheese and deli cuts or an evening aperitif. I personally love it on its own, I could finish a whole tray!! Perfecting focaccia has proved to be a bit…

Marble Cake

From memory the first cake I baked ever. I remember trying various recipes but never getting the right sweetness and rise until I found this recipe. I have no recollection where I found it, whether I got it from a relative of mine or found it on a magazine or recipe book but I recall…