Blender & Basil are two food bloggers rooted in two of the world's biggest cuisines: Italian and Chinese.
Blender & Basil are two food bloggers rooted in two of the world's biggest cuisines: Italian and Chinese. We are based in London and Singapore.
We've been featured in the Evening Standard (in association with Sainsbury's World Foods), and have interviewed the celebrity chef Ken Hom.
This Mulled Wine Apple Galette will really make your home smell fragrant and spicy, a bit festive, almost like it’s Christmas. This is why, as the end of the year approaches and temperatures go down, I feel it’s a perfect way to set the mood and get ready for the festive period. After all, apples are amongst the seasonal fruits to celebrate and make the … Continue reading Mulled Wine Apple Galette
Turkish Pide is a dish we are making more and more these days. Easier than a pizza because you don’t need a tomato sauce (unless you want it): you can use what cheese you might have in the fridge as a topping, together with something as simple as caramelized onions. Turkish pide is a super easy flat bread that will aid you as an improvised … Continue reading Turkish Pide
Sardinian Seadas are traditional sweets served as dessert in most traditional restaurants in Sardinia. If you have never seen them before, Seadas look like giant ravioli that are filled with cheese, fried and covered in sugar or honey. Admittedly, it doesn’t look like much, but this very simple dessert combines cheese and honey, one of my favourite combinations, and therefore I often crave it! It … Continue reading Sardinian Seadas
Posting this classic quiche Lorraine on IG was a major success. I was very surprised that a lot of people asked for the recipe. Thinking of it, while the French might have grown up making quiches, in Italy – where we called these “savoury tarts” – it’s a thing only in certain regions, and in many other countries they come ready from the supermarket. I … Continue reading Classic Quiche Lorraine
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
After so many features on my IG profile, it seems like a must that I share the recipe of this Super Easy Turkish Bread, or Pide. I’m adding it more as a journal entry, as the recipe is heavily inspired by the one by Lazy Cat Kitchen Blog. But I cannot help myself from posting it, as since we discovered it, it quickly became one … Continue reading Super Easy Turkish Bread
When I saw these rainbow carrots at the market I thought they were so beautiful! So I brought a pack home, where I had the perfect ingredient to go with them…smoked bacon! 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 … Continue reading Bacon Wrapped Roasted Carrots
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!
Our homemade mayo recipe is a super easy an quick one. When I learned that we could make mayo using a hand blender, it was a life changing discovery: it literally takes 5 minutes! The biggest advantage of making mayo at home is that you will know how genuine the ingredients will be, and you will be in control of altering the taste according to your preferences. Continue reading “Easy Homemade Mayo”
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! Continue reading “Easy Stuffed Squash”