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Extract and recipe from my write-up which featured in Cibus magazine, the Christmas 2013 edition. Tea-time was again an overflow of food – turkey sandwiches, pastizzi, meringues, hazelnut balls, date-tarts, dates stuffed with marzipan, Christmas fruit cake and Irish coffee. The flavors, smells and textures of every item summons the warm spirit of Christmas and […]

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This is a Christmas recipe taken from my Mother’s diary where she recorded recipes from our childhood days. The flavor, smell and texture of these hazelnut balls bring so many nostalgic memories and instil in me the warm spirit of Christmas. Hope they work this way for you too! Ingredients: 400g flour, sifted 300g butter, […]

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Ricotta zuccotto

This is what I made out of a craving for something spongy and gentle on the stomach. Ingredients: (these are approximate since the recipe was spontaneous) 400g ricotta 150g sugar 75g dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped 75g candied peel 200 – 250g savoiardi (I used the savoiardi sardi) rum Beat in the sugar with […]

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This cake is primarily prepared during the Christmas season in Genoa but it is even popular in the rest of the Liguria region, in Italy. In the United Kingdom, a similar version is known as Genoa cake. I know what you are thinking. Am I going to propose a Christmas recipe now? More than a […]

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New Year hangover

I bid goodbye to 2012 with friends, booze, music and dancing, yes I said dancing! But I started the 2013 with a culinary fiasco. Humbly, but truly, it was the first time in many years, that I had people at the table fidgeting with their knives and forks as if reluctant to eat my prepared […]

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Now that the sun is poking us with its warm rays I suggest you try this refreshing and creamy recipe. The cassata gelato is a refurbished version of  the typical cassata Siciliana.  The sponge and marzipan are missing however the lack of these two ingredients transform this dessert into a lighter cassata tasting ice-cream. Serves […]

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This metaphorical dessert can be prepared in so many varied ways that I wouldn’t mind having a differently flavored tiramisu on a daily basis. In that case, I bet my body would mind! I think I would also see some changes in my cholesterol and sugar levels, not to mention the weight on the scales. […]

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Under this leaden sky, stranded on the sofa, wrapped in multicolored fleece blankets, with a bleeding nose and a shortage of delightful food, I couldn’t help dreaming of a generous slice of this soft and crumbling vanilla cheesecake. If anyone is going to try it out please do get me a piece! Photo by David […]

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Ingredients: 500g dried chestnuts Rind of 1 orange, in strips Rind of 2 tangerines, in strips 3 tblsp cocoa powder 100g dark chocolate (60% minimum cocoa) 5tblsp brown sugar 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground mixed spice Leave the chestnuts to soak in cold water for 2 hours. Wash well […]

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Canteen facilities are one of my fringe benefits at work. Unfortunately, I find the canteen food unappetizing. I tried to eat there a couple of times in my early days but my taste buds were never satisfied, so I gave up. Now it’s been nearly four years that I take my entitled bag of fruit […]

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