Dessert, Food

Strawberry Ice Cream with drunken Rhubarb #CDNFoodCreatives

Nicoletta May 30, 2016

This Strawberry ice cream with drunken rhubarb is tart and sweet at the same time, has a beautiful light pink color and a lovely creaminess with juicy chunks of fruit. 

Strawberry Ice Cream with drunken rhubarb

When I was a kid I did ballet for 6 years, and I loved it. I used to wait impatiently for the days when I had class, and I was so proud at the end of the year to invite my parents and other members of my family to the rehearsal. It was usually held in a fancy teatro, live theater, the one with the wood chairs, a stall and balconies, and that looked huge and frightening to a bunch of small girls dancing on the stage. Of course, in those years, my dream was to become an étoile, a professional ballet dancer, but I got over it eventually 😉 .

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Breakfast and Brunch, Food

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles

Loreto May 27, 2016

Lemon blueberry buttermilk waffles. The freshness of lemons, plump blueberries, baked in a waffle iron to a crispy  texture and buttery buttermilk flavor. Who’s in for a great breakfast?

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles

I remember waffles being the best thing since slice bread. Way back when I was very young the thought of having a waffle for breakfast was like music to my ears. I remember begging my mother at the grocery store to buy the frozen pre made ones, and sometimes she would appease my demand and sometimes she wouldn’t. That was the gamble of a winy child.  Skillful acting and environment planning, were my tools. Who wants to listen to a child persistently asking for something and the embarrassment card was always in my favor. Yes there was perhaps discipline later but who cared, all I could think of was putting some butter on the hot waffle straight out of the toaster and watching intently as it melted into the pockets. Then slowly  I poured the maple syrup filling each square bowl of that crispy waffle with the syrup. Eating it was also a very mindful meditation cutting out each pocket of that waffle as to keep the maple syrup intact and not letting it spill out. The ending was being pulled out of my bliss by my mother yelling for me to hurry up or I would be late for school, bah humbug!

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Food, Vegetarian

Tuna stuffed sweet peppers #greatbloggerBBQ

Nicoletta May 25, 2016

With the unofficial start of summer next week, it’s almost barbecue season! In celebration, I’ve teamed up with several talented fellow bloggers to bring you 50 recipe ideas for a smashing summer party. I’m sharing with you my Tuna Stuffed Sweet Peppers and below you will find all the links for our Great Blogger BBQ!

Tuna stuffed sweet peppers

I didn’t always have an appetite. To say the truth my mother and grandmother had a hard time trying to make me eat. And they did their best to always cook dishes that I enjoyed eating. This way I ended up eating plentiful of pasta and legumes, eggs in tomato sauce and tuna stuffed peppers, that they lovingly made for me.

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Food, Pasta, Vegetarian

Lasagna “bianca” with Asparagus, Peas and Mushrooms

Loreto May 23, 2016

Nothing says love and comfort better than lasagna, and even more so this Lasagna “bianca” embellished with asparagus, peas, and mushrooms, and a creamy bechamel.

Lasagna bianca with asparagus, peas and mushrooms

I don’t know about you but when it comes to favorite dishes, special festive lunches, and Italian comfort food, lasagna is the bomb for me. The layers of pasta, nice and crispy on the edges. Filled in between with fresh savory ingredients, gooey cheese or bechamel sauce. These all mingling warm and flavorful. Bite after bite of delicious goodness. Then to our dismay, an empty plate. Sadness fills your being, but no worries, the world being our oyster, and thank god for second helpings, we can start all over again and enjoy this fabulous Lasagna “bianca” with Asparagus, Peas, and Mushrooms.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Food

Mediterranean Biscuits

Loreto May 19, 2016

Mediterranean flavors envelope lite, crumbly, buttery biscuits. A great breakfast pick me up, or a mid day snack, either way delicious and vibrant in texture and flavor.

Mediterranean Biscuits

My love for biscuits and scones started years ago when I tasted my first scone at a local cafe. From then on it has been a journey of interesting sweet combinations, and diverse mix ins, inspired by seasonal fruits, vegetables, and cultural experiences. Although the sweet scone always gets my attention, once in a while I have a craving for something savory. Having been to the Mediterranean many times has inspired me to make  biscuits to exemplify that experience. There are certain ingredients that stayed with me, one being a good goat feta I usually had for breakfast in Mykonos, Greece, and another in Italy some great sweet tomatoes, sun dried to that right texture and taste, then preserved with a great extra virgin olive oil. These are some of the ingredients that will entice you to make today’s recipe Mediterranean Biscuits.

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Dessert, Food

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Nicoletta May 17, 2016

Soft, buttery, sweet, vanilla scented sprinkle cookies. An explosion of flavors in your mouth and colorful enough to brighten any cloudy day.

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

These cookies are so totally not me. If you know me, by now, what I like to bake and foods and ingredients in which I believe, these cookies are seriously not in my chords. Butter AND shortening? Whipping cream and granulated sugar? Sprinkles?? It’s because sometimes I get bored, or tired, of being me, always composed, pretty serious about everything, never over the top. So I said to myself, Live a little, girl!  I know, it’s just cookies, but from somewhere I had to start 😉 .

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