Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Sun-Dried Tomato, Hazelnut Pesto

Loreto June 21, 2017

Sun-Dried Tomato, Hazelnut Pesto, a diverse and beautiful sauce that is both subtle and extraordinary at the same time.

Song of the day: ” Mama Maè” by Negrita (an Italian band).

Sun-dried Tomato Hazelnut Pesto

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but the content and opinions expressed are our own.]

Sun-Dried Tomato, Hazelnut Pesto, combines the slow sun-dried process of tomatoes and the smoky, nutty flavour of hazelnuts, to create a wonderful sauce that is absolutely amazing on pasta, and even more so steamed on a nice piece of fish, or slathered on crostini, the possibilities endless.  A great easy way to a quick and delicious family meal.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Vegetarian

Caesar Asparagus Artichoke Dip with Grilled Crostini

Loreto June 19, 2017

Caesar Asparagus Artichoke Dip with Grilled Crostini, is a mouth-watering, cheesy, incredibly flavorful warm dip using the Litehouse Caesar Dressing.

Song of the day: “Bon Appetit” by Katie Perry.

Caesar Asparagus Artichoke Dip with grilled crostini

[This post is sponsored by Litehouse. We have been monetarily compensated but all opinions are our own.]

Caesar Asparagus Artichoke Dip with Grilled Crostini combines charred seasoned asparagus and steamed artichoke hearts, with a fresh creamy Caesar dressing. The incredible flavour of the garlic and Parmesan of the dressing provides a solid foundation for all the flavours to mingle, and slathered on a nice grilled crostini gives you an appetizer that will be a hit at any one of your social gatherings.

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Dessert, Frozen Treats

Mascarpone Hazelnut Gelato

Nicoletta June 16, 2017

Mascarpone Hazelnut Gelato, all the creamy richness of the mascarpone with a nice backdrop of hazelnut. A perfect little break from the summer heat coming.

Song of the day: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates.

Mascarpone Hazelnut Gelato

Father’s day is fast approaching here in Canada. Sunday we’ll be celebrating all the fathers out there and their awesomeness and what a way to show our appreciation for them than to make the food they like best.
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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Sicilian Tomato Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

Loreto June 14, 2017

Sicilian Tomato Pesto (Pesto Trapanese), a delicious combination of fresh flavours and textures blended to form a wonderful pesto that will grace the presence of your pasta dishes, or pizza, and even extremely delicious on proteins as a finishing sauce or marinade.

Song of the day: “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.

Sicilian Tomato Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but the content and opinions expressed are our own.]

Sicilian Tomato Pesto (Pesto Trapanese), a rich tomatoey paste, with added texture from the almonds, and brightness given by the fresh basil, end result a rich, delicate, savoury pesto, that will sure elevate many a recipe with its intense flavour profile.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

“Cacio e Pepe” Mini Muffins

Nicoletta June 12, 2017

“Cacio e Pepe” Mini Muffins, all the rich and tasty flavours of the famous “cacio e pepe” pasta, encased in a tiny muffin that bursts with character. Great eaten as is, or perfect appetizer bites that can be filled to taste.

Song of the day: Faded – SoulDecision.

Cacio e Pepe mini muffins

If you’re from Rome, like me, you know that there are only two other renowned pasta dishes that can be compared to Cacio e Pepe. And they are the Carbonara and the Amatriciana. I hope many of you had the chance to taste the real deal in one of the Roman trattorie, osterie, restaurants that proudly have them on their menu. If you did, you were up for a real treat.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Eggs, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches, Vegetarian

Herb Omelette Breakfast Sandwich with Spicy Tomato Jam

Loreto June 9, 2017

Herb Omelette Breakfast Sandwich with Spicy Tomato Jam has flavour, texture and a few surprise elements to make it a great way to start the day.

Song of the day: “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp.

Herb Omelette Breakfast Sandwich with spicy tomato jam

Herb Omelette Breakfast Sandwich with Tomato Jam starts with a wonderfully crusted bread, a soft, velvety flavorful omelette, some amazing micro greens, and a lovely tomato jam that gives just enough kick to wake you up.

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, How To, Vegetarian

Genovese Basil Pesto

Loreto June 7, 2017

Genovese Basil Pesto, “Pesto alla Genovese”, is a fresh aromatic, luxuriously coloured saucy paste, that just lifts anything that it is accompanied with.

Song of the day: “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran. Just love this song!

Genovese Basil Pesto

Genovese Basil Pesto uses great Italian ingredients, to form a wonderfully uplifting flavour and silky texture, one of a four-part recipe series happening this month, thanks to The Italian Centre Shop who #sponsored this post.

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Dessert

Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Nicoletta June 5, 2017

Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes, a delicious one bite of chocolate delight, with a healthy root vegetable hidden inside, giving the cupcakes an incredible moisture, lovely flavour and reddish hue. Two kinds of frosting adorn the mini cupcakes: a luscious buttercream, and a vibrant raspberry buttercream.

Song of the day: Everything Now, by Arcade Fire.

Chocolate Beet Mini Cupcakes

Loreto’s birthday arrived and we were on Salt Spring Island, on a little retreat. It was Sunday, April 30th, a gorgeous sunny day that I tried to fill, to celebrate him, with love, laughter and relaxation, some fun things to do and good eats. It was actually the only sunny day of the three we were there, so we spent most of the day outside. In the morning we went for a nice breakfast on a bench overlooking the ocean, I bought him flowers at a cute flower stand on the side of the road, and then we walked to a bakery to see what we could find for a small birthday cake.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegetarian

Fried Green Tomatoes

Loreto June 2, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes, are the mysterious appetizer that have very little acclaim, but amazing flavour and texture. The green tomatoes are found in most farmers markets this time of year, and if you didn’t know what to do with them, now you know!

Song of the day: Bring Me To Life – Evanescence.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are not just an unripe tomato, but a blank canvas for the discovery of many foodies to play with and create, as we have done today. Packed with a slight acidity and coated with a highly seasoned crispy coating, giving us a delicious appetizer for your next gathering.

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