Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Triple Chocolate Easter Egg Nest Cake [G.F., dairy free]

Nicoletta March 29, 2017

Triple Chocolate Easter Egg Nest Cake is gluten-free and dairy-free, intensely chocolaty and delicious. With the addition of the pretty chocolate nest filled with Easter eggs, it can make your Easter dessert table so beautiful!

Triple Chocolate Easter Egg Nest Cake

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
Ruth Reichl

The start of this new year has surely been blessed with friends, good food, laughter, and companionship. We cannot thank enough Food Bloggers of Canada and its community for giving us the opportunity to meet incredible people and develop with some of them what can be called a “foodie” friendship. We share the same interest in food and it’s enlivening to share ideas with each one of them, teaching and learning mutually. Moreover, whenever we meet, there is always good food involved.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch, Eggs, Vegetarian

Egg Asparagus Tart (Crostata agli Asparagi)

Nicoletta March 24, 2017

Egg Asparagus Tart:  one of my family’s most favorite Easter delights, it combines a crumbly, light, shortbread crust, a creamy, flavorful egg salad filling, and beautifully steamed, tender but still crunchy, asparagus. Artistically put together, appealing to the eye, and pleasing to the palate.

Egg Asparagus Tart

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop, we’ve been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

In Italy, Easter Monday (Pasquetta) is almost as important as Easter day. While the Easter lunch is spent with family around a table sharing incredible food one course after another, Easter Monday is dedicated to friends and outdoor picnics. After all, the mild spring Italian weather makes that possible.

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Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Baby Arugula Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Loreto March 21, 2017

Baby Arugula Pistachio Pesto Sauce, a delicious sauce that will heighten any dish to lovely levels of flavor, with its spicy and fresh taste and green vibrant color.

Baby Arugula Pistachio Pesto Sauce

Baby Arugula Pistachio Pesto Sauce,  a type of sauce that has graced successful pasta dishes, that we have put a twist to using lovely baby arugula, and pistachio, along with the usual chorus line of Parmigiano, olive oil, and garlic.

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe, oven baked

Nicoletta March 19, 2017

Zeppole di San Giuseppe, for Italian Father’s Day. The traditional Zeppole here are flavored with orange and oven baked till golden brown, then filled with a beautiful vanilla bean pastry cream. The topping is a piping of pastry cream and a sour cherry for decoration.

Zeppole di San Giuseppe

Happy Father’s Day to my father in Italy, and to all the fathers, especially the ones that are far from their children. I think it is always hard for them but it’s in times of celebrations that they feel it the most. Last year I was in Rome and made Bignè di San Giuseppe for my father. He was so happy, the whole day he wore a smile from ear to ear. I had lunch with them and we shared Bignè as a dessert. This year I am far away, but I decided to bake Zeppole anyway, the traditional sweets for this day, and dedicate them to him while sharing them with my father in law and my amazing husband.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

Nicoletta March 15, 2017

Double Chocolate Pear Cake, simple ingredients that work so well together, creating a moist, pillowy cake, with luxurious cocoa and chocolate flavor adding in, the freshness of the pear. A slice is perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert.

Double Chocolate Pear Cake

I might swim against the current but I am liking this spring time change. I know, we lost one hour of sleep the first day, but we gained a lot of daylight. I have never been a night owl, and when the sun sets, I am ready to shut myself away. Daylight, and better, sunlight, are my charge, and I feel I can accomplish much more during the day because the light of the day doesn’t leave us until late. One thing I know is that photographing this Double Chocolate Pear Cake is going to be a lot easier.

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Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy soup

Loreto March 13, 2017

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup, a delicious quick packed with flavor lunch, hosting vibrant and fresh textures with a bit of spice.

Lemongrass Tofu

Lemongrass Tofu and Choy Soup, hosting wonderful textures from the crispy billowy tofu to the soft beautifully stewed vegetables, giving you an easy breezy lunch time experience.

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Cookies, Dessert

Brutti Ma Buoni “Ugly But Good” Cookies [G.F.]

Nicoletta March 10, 2017

Brutti Ma Buoni “Ugly But Good” Cookies are classic Italian cookies similar to macaroons and mostly made of hazelnuts, almonds, egg whites, and icing sugar. Not the prettiest in look, but utterly delicious to eat.

Brutti ma buoni

I’ve done these Brutti ma Buoni Cookies twice in a couple of weeks. That is how much we like them! And every time, they last until the second day, and then I hear requests of baking some more.

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