Lemon, Blueberry and Levander Drizzle Cake

Merenda, or teatime, is becoming a tradition in our household, we have something sweet and tea every afternoon. This means that I am always looking for new recipes to adapt to our dietary requirements low sugar and dairy free. Few weekends ago I decided to make a Lemon drizzle cake, a British classic and a…

Riso Venere with Squid

Over the last months I read so many articles and posts referring to Riso Venere that I decided I had to try and use it for one of my risottos. Riso Venere, also known as black venus rice, is a wholegrain black rice from Italy, it is very tasty and nutritious, being rich in minerals…

Chocolate and Almond Granola

I love granola, I eat it for breakfast almost every day! I have it with coconut yogurt, on bircher muesli or simply with almond milk. It’s delicious in all it variants, but the this particular one it my favourite! This recipe has no refined sugars or nasties in it, the fat is given by the…

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…

My Starter “Mercurio”

Meet “Mercurio”, my sourdough starter, born on 14th of April 2020 in full COVID-19 lockdown! I have always been wanting to make my own sourdough bread but never had the time to learn how to do it. This year’ lockdown gave me that opportunity to do it. I took a ZOOM tutorial by IlMioPane in…

Kale and Mushrooms Lasagna

There are several ways we use up vegetables that are about to go bad, soups, frittatas quiches and lasagna! A few Sundays ago, I decided to make lasagna for two simple reasons I had some dry lasagna pasta sheets that needed to be used and lasagna is the perfect Sunday lunch meal! My fridge clean…

Crackers

Another great discard recipe and it makes the most delicious crackers, perfect for healthy snacking or to eat with cheese.These have been a fixture for our many Covid-19 lockdown aperitif! I use my weekly discard to make them as they do not need to raise so we do not need any of the yeast activity…

Sourdough Stromboli Swirls

As I venture into the world of sourdough I am discovering some new wonderful recipes and Stromboli swirls is one of them! Being Italian I have always associated Stromboli with a small volcanic island off Sicily; however I have lately discovered that “stromboli” is also a rolled dough filled with Italian cheeses and deli cuts,…

Crostata di Marmellata

A Crostata di marmellata, aka a jam tart, is one of the cakes I grew up with. I remember rolling out dough with my mum on Saturday afternoon and making star shaper biscuits with leftover dough. Every italian child grew up eating crostata as their afternoon merenda (snack) or had it as dessert after Sunday…

Chocolate Brownies

As I am discovering the bliss of (very early) married life, my love for baking is coming back. Maybe it is the (very) hidden 1950 wife in me that shouts to be let out and bake for her sweet hubby or perhaps simply the fact that my shining red KitchenAid mixer screams at me from…