Pork belly with crispy crackling and winter spices

So Christmas is nearly here and with all this jolly around us we can only think about Christmas shopping, decorating and cooking delicious meals.Pork belly with crispy crackling and winter spices

            This year (like for the last two, in fact) I will be spending Christmas in Florence with my sisters (much nicer than me) and a fairly large group of noisy Italians. And as I am the only sister with chefy skills I was “hired” to prepare the Christmas Eve dinner.

            I already have in mind what I want to cook and because I couldn’t help myself I started warming up in advance. So I rolled my sleeves, I preheated the oven, poured a glass of rose,  took a piece of pork meat and made my ways with it. Continue reading →

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

It’s so nice when you have friends who pamper you with all sorts of goodies. For the past three weeks we all met on Saturdays for stories, rosé, good food and sweets. After a serious course of different cheesecake variations we thought it was time to give a chance to old lady Chocolate.

We put on our best smile and on St. Michael and Gabriel Day chef Alina spoiled us with lots and lots of chocolate. Continue reading →

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Basmati and nut pilaff

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Maaan, this is a good to know recipe for vegetarians, for hungry and busy vegetarians that don’t have the time to cook. It’s a good one to have it the next day too! And some days are just like that, you don’t want to stress
yourself to much, all you wish for is a hot healthy meal and a bath. This is a good to know recipe for that kind of days.

 

 

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Jerusalem Artichoke Tart

Last week, my friend Catalina from Sunny side up, got me all warmed up with her tarts, and since then, I keep thinking doing one  lovely tart. And when i received from my friend Carmen a bag with these jerusalem artichokes,JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE TART that was the moment when i said: I know! And from 1 kg i did this quiche and some patties that didn’t turn out that good. So i’m gonna share with you this easy, delicious recipe that i kinda made it on the way.

 

 

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Aubergines in chinese sauce

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This Saturday we wanted to change the register a bit and go fusion. I made this recipe a while ago and it just stuck in my head. I’d say that it was a Chinese day theme given that in the morning I went in the Chinese Town and I’ve warmed up with lots of Chinese food: sweet pork ribs, bamboo with veggies, beef and onions and Chinese aubergines (not as good as mine, obviously – sorry chinese guys cooking there). I stopped by the Chinese Supermarket and stock on some uber-good soy sauce, some dehydrated peas with wasabi (love, love, love) and…durian flavored candy (whaaatttt!!!!-that’s what they said).
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Plum crumble or the herald of autumn

Plum crumble

I, myself, know when autumn comes because everywhere I turn for inspiration I stumble over yet another crumble recipe…and you know what? I love crumble! And what’s not to love? Warm poached fruits with wonderful spices, a bit of alcohol, just enough sweetness and a crunchy topping… that’s just satisfying on a whimsical autumn day.

 

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