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Picos – Spanish Bread Sticks

Typically served with tapas or olives and cheese, picos are mini bread sticks that are incredibly irresistible because of their crunchiness and ease…they are in fact way to easy to eat – you’ve been warned! Usually our friends go crazy for them and often can’t quite believe that we homebake them. From my Italian perspective, they are the short and fat cousins of grissini and … Continue reading Picos – Spanish Bread Sticks

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Bacon Wrapped Roasted Carrots

My neighbours here in Singapore have started selling home-smoked bacon and salmon and their products are TO DIE FOR, their name is This.Is.The.Shit.Smokery – check them out on IG if you are based in Singapore and want to treat yourself with genuine, nasties-free smoked goods that will seriously enrich your ingredient list. This super easy recipe will elevate your carrots, making a perfect starter or … Continue reading Bacon Wrapped Roasted Carrots

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Chocolate Ganache and Mirror Glaze

I almost went and edited the old post Scrumptious Cocoa Cake then I decided to write a new post to update this. We’ve all been in this situation where we follow a recipe, something goes wrong, so we go and try it again so we can feel like we redeemed ourselves.

The recipe in question is Giallo Zafferano’s Scrumptious Cocoa Cake. The first time I made it it was a fail – I blamed it on my mistake to whip the egg whites in a plastic bowl instead of a glass or metal bowl. I thought that alone could have been the reason why the cake was not spongy. This time, after a bit more experience in baking, I not only avoided this mistake, but many others that recipe would have inevitably brought me to make. I got a beautiful rise resulting in a nice and tall cake, but the consistency was still not spongy enough. So do you know what? I’m deleting the recipe of the sponge this time.

If you want a beautiful and moist chocolate cake just follow Handle The Heat’s Best Chocolate Cake recipe – once you try that, I doubt you’re gonna like any other chocolate cake you bake. Thank you Tessa!

Refer to this recipe for a beautiful ganache to use between the layers and a very effective chocolate mirror glaze to decorate it! I sprinkled mine with golden chocolate mini confetti because I love gold and chocolate together and it was a nice touch to add on to the look of the cake. Happy Baking!

Chocolate Ganache and Mirror Glaze Recipe
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Easy Stuffed Squash

It is definitely squash season. And if you want to cook squash in an easy and quick way, I will never stop recommending this squash recipe. Inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall “Veg every day”this simple recipe has become “the way” we make squash at home, with a few changes that makes it more our own. This stuffed squash is a perfect idea also for your Meatless Monday or as a fun way to eat veggies with your kids!
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Malloreddus in Campidanese Sauce – Sardinian Pasta

The Sardinian pasta Malloreddus, also known as gnocchetti sardi is the regional pasta that used to be made by patient nonnas, who would push and roll a small ball of pasta dough against a wicker basket with their thumbs. Well known national brands sell a version, but the best will always be the Sardinian brand La Casa del Grano, which are often bi-coloured as some malloreddus are made with the typical flavour of saffron. Continue reading “Malloreddus in Campidanese Sauce – Sardinian Pasta”

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Gazpacho – a Spanish Cold Soup

Living in Singapore, you can always be certain of one thing: the weather will be hot. Apart from some spells of fresh wind here and there, and the frequent tropical rains, the temperature plays always between 25ºC and 30ºC. Tapping on my husband’s Spanish heritage, we often turn to cold soups to beat the heat. Gazpacho is certainly one of those dishes that keeps you cool in hot days, and makes it ever so easy when all you have to do is just take it out of the fridge and prepare some garnishes to go with it. Tomato, cucumber and green pepper are the base of this soup, that can be left thick and eaten with a spoon, or can even be served with ice in a glass and drank with a straw!

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Passion Fruit Bomboloni

Call them krapfen, bomboloni or doughnuts,  we all seem to have a fondness to stuff our faces with fried dough bombs, usually stuffed with even more gluttonous ingredients. Krapfen are usually filled with apricot jam, while bomboloni are a lot richer, filled with crème patissiere or even nutella! I was lucky enough to have some fresh passion fruits that I could pick up from the common garden’s harvest, so I decided to come up with a quick curd, which seemed perfect to fill in some doughnuts. I always follow Lilvienna’s krapfen recipe, but I add some lemon and orange zest to intensify the aromas.  Continue reading “Passion Fruit Bomboloni”

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Spinach and Chickpeas Tapa (Espinacas con Garbanzos)

This meatless dish with spinach and chickpeas is a popular Sevillian tapa, in which the cumin seeds and paprika will titillate your palate: these spices makes this very simple dish an unforgettable starter for your guests and a perfect dinner fix when all you have at home is cans and frozen spinach! Popular as a meatless mid-week meal option, we often have it with bread like a bruschetta, or on a bed of roasted potatoes, or just as it is, with a sunny side up on top!

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Russian Salad

For many years, Russian salad has been a mystery for me. In Italy we don’t consume it much, apart from the odd buffet-style dinner party so I never had too much curiosity about making it at home. In London, between my good Russian friend and my Spanish other half, I discovered the many faces of this salad. A favourite tapa in Spain, where they call it Ensaladilla: you will find it in all the menus around the land. A winter favourite in RussiaI got to learn, and taste, that they have meat versions and  fish versions. Continue reading “Russian Salad”

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Babaganush – a Simple Dip

Following the Levantine/Middle Eastern thread, we are back with another aubergine recipe. This time, we are using our beloved vegetables for a famous dip recipe, Babaganush. While there can be variants, the classic recipe is very simple. This is the ideal dip to serve as a starter with crudities, a few toasted slices of your favourite sourdough, or pitta bread, or even some crunchy crispbreads.

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Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla de Patatas)

Considered the key dish of Spanish cuisine, tortilla is one of our go to recipes when we have guests or when we are looking for an easy fix with few ingredients. Distinguished from its Italian cousin frittata by its characteristic thickness, it can also contain other featured ingredients, such as chorizo, like this one does. But of course, tortilla can be enjoyed by vegetarians, who instead of adding chorizo can add their favourite greens, or simply add a lot of parsley to the mix. This serves eight if eaten as a starter or four as a main – but keep it between two, and you can have seconds! Continue reading “Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla de Patatas)”

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Pollo en Pepitoria – A Spanish Sunday Lunch

Making Spanish dishes often feels like taking a trip to the origin of my Sardinian heritage. As Sardinia was invaded by the Spanish for many years, I always look for similarities with their culture: from the syntax, to the societal constructs, to the ingredients we put on our table. Almonds are definitely a staple in both Spanish and Sardinian cuisines. In Sardinia we have bitter … Continue reading Pollo en Pepitoria – A Spanish Sunday Lunch

Easy Homemade Hummus

We just love Hummus. The well known Middle Eastern cream is versatile and perfect for every occasion. So much that we would hardly imagine a gathering without it served to accompany crudités or some crunchy bread. And we love homemade hummus even more, whether it’s the strong garlic flavour, or the extra virgin olive oil to do the trick, you have the power to make it your own and enrich it with your favourite ingredients.
All you need is a can of chickpeas and some tahini. In case you don’t have tahini, this recipe will tell you how to make your own using sesame seeds and sesame oil.

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