Walnut and pomegranate Chicken – Fesenjoon

I don’t need to tell you again how much I love Middle Eastern food, and this time I’ve indulged in a festive Persian dish of Moorish origins, often eaten at special occasions such as weddings. Fesenjoon is a stew made with pomegranate molasses and walnuts reduced to a cream. If you don’t fancy chicken, this…

Lasagna al forno – a classic Italian recipe

Before starting the new year’s resolution diets, in Southern Europe there is one more event that closes the winter holidays, corresponding to the arrival of the wise men bearing gifts to the new born baby Jesus, this is known as Epiphany, or the kings (Los Reyes). For the last winter feast with the family, here’s…

First time making: old fashioned gingerbread

Christmas means plenty of gingerbread – gingerbread men, gingerbread house… I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread cake, as I like the flavours in there more so than Christmas pudding, and wanted a scrumptious gingerbread-like dessert to wrap up Christmas dinner. This year, I found the favourite old fashioned gingerbread recipe and decided to adapt…

(The) Christmas recipe – Panettone

Christmas is around the corner and I couldn’t avoid to get carried away with a Christmassy baking challenge: this year it’s traditional Italian Panettone. The original recipe for this sweet bread is usually made with sourdough starter or beer yeast and usually has long proving times. Keeping the ingredients as per the original recipe, I…

Polenta Chips – a simple recipe

For the busy time of the year when you will be hosting drinks and dinner parties before everyone leaves for the Christmas holidays, polenta chips is an easy recipe to enjoy with simple dips and other finger foods. Make a pesto dip, a baba ganoush, a veggie mayonnaise, or serve them sprinkled with rosemary and…

Partridges with Ombar Chocolate sauce

We love Chocolate – this delicious ingredient source of endorphins and serotonin with a recipe. And today we are partnering up with Ombar, who have created raw cocoa chocolate bars that preserve all the nutrients of chocolate. Is it really raw? Of course not. The cocoa beans are processed at a slow temperature, but not roasted,…

Pork Sirloin with Pedro sauce – a Spanish Thanksgiving recipe

It’s Thanksgiving week: for us in Europe and rest of the World it’s almost like a fictional holiday that we only get to see in the movies. Every year, the fascination about what our American friends will serve on their table takes over the internet and all our favourite blogs. But there’s no stopping us…

Sardinian Creme Caramel (Flan di latte)

I’ve seen a lot of panna cotta insta-posts lately, and this made me really think of the simplicity of Italian desserts back home. Didn’t take long for this to escalate into a real craving! I’m not a fan of panna cotta itself, but instead I’m crazy for creme caramel! In Sardinia, it is very traditional…

Homemade Sourdough Bread recipe

If you are already baking your own bread, like our Simple Loaf recipe, you might feel ready or curious to take your baking to the next level. Sourdough, with its peculiar bitter taste and its all-natural, simple process, is the perfect step to that next level. When I decided to begin my sourdough voyage, I…

Halloween Recipe – Bolognese Stuffed Pumpkin

It’s Halloween, and while in most households families get busy carving and empting pumpkins, we decided to stuff ours! This time, with very typical Italian flavours: we stuffed it with Bolognese sauce, probably the most famous pasta sauce in the world. Since the traditional recipe for Bolognese is very time consuming, we decided to make…