Breakfast and Brunch, Food, Scones

Strawberry Matcha Chocolate Scones

Nicoletta June 29, 2016

Chunks of strawberries, melding and blending with chunks of Matcha Chocolate for these delicious Strawberry Matcha Chocolate Scones. Best scones ever!

Strawberry Matcha Chocolate Scones

This might become our new favorite flavor combination and these scones our new favorite scones. I’m sure, they would easily become your favorite too, if you just tried one. Chunks of strawberries, melding and blending with chunks of Matcha Chocolate, all encompassed by a wonderful crumbly, soft, texture. Topped by a beautiful drizzle of melted white chocolate. Moreover, the recipe for the scone dough makes the “perfect scone“, believe me.

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Food, Vegetarian

Curry Coconut Seitan Fried Rice

Loreto June 27, 2016

Fried rice, always a welcome dish in any household. Need a break from all the meat? Try our Curry Coconut Seitan Fried Rice. A fresh change to the norm!

Curry Coconut Seitan Fried Rice

Fried rice is always a go to dish in our household. When we are down to a few vegetables in the crisper and some cans needed to be freed up from the pantry, this Asian dish is a welcome solution to our “waste not want not” mantra. Well, Nicoletta and I eat mostly vegetarian during the week but as of late we have been invited out and the meat protein has been in full flow, for me, that is. I was craving a break from it all and this Curry Coconut Seitan Fried Rice was just what the doctored ordered.

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Cakes, Dessert, Food

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

Nicoletta June 25, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie, perfect for this time of the year. Juicy, sweet and tart inside, flaky all around and crumbly with a little crunch on top. In one mouthful, just heavenly.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

Strawberry and rhubarb combination here we are again. It is really great to use these seasonal delicious produces together, it is truly a match made in heaven. This Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie is a classic dessert we love: juicy, sweet and tart inside, crunchy all around and crumbly on top. In one mouthful, just heavenly.

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Food, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Burrata, Prosciutto & Spicy Eggplant Panino

Loreto June 23, 2016

Burrata…. nothing says soft, buttery, creamy, juicy, tasty, than a hand made, hand formed burrata cheese!

Burrata Prosciutto & Spicy Eggplant Panino

Burrata, a discovery of mine late in life. I never really knew what it was till my late forties. Having met my wife and going to Italy quite often, has definitely opened my food world. The next best thing that I would never say no to, is a panino, so why not combine the two with some other great ingredients. I think we are going to enjoy this lunch immensely, and even more so with this Burrata, Prosciutto and Spicy Eggplant Panino.

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Food, How To

Fresh food means Better food #GladChallenge

Loreto June 21, 2016

[This post is sponsored by Glad food challenge. We’ve used their food protection products to show you how to keep your foods fresher and more tasty.]

Fresh food is so important in our day and age of organic foods, local producers and healthier lifestyles. Fresh food means Better Food. And Glad rose to the challenge.

Fresh Food means better Food

I would have to say that fresh food: produce, baked goods, leftovers etc, means the world to us, so when we were approached by Glad to try some of their food storage products claiming to keep things fresh and more organized in the fridge, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Food, Muffins

Cream Cheese Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins

Nicoletta June 19, 2016

Cream Cheese filled Chocolate chip Yogurt Muffins, lovely texture, beautiful flavor. And your breakfast just became sweeter with a somewhat “healthy” approach.

Cherry Yogurt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am used to cook and bake without butter. My family hardly ever had (and still has) any butter in the fridge, my mother being strongly against it. We bought it once in a while just for risotto, because even my mother never finished a risotto without a dollop of butter, as tradition demands it. For the rest, when we wanted to bake, we used extra virgin olive oil, milk and yogurt. I have to say that my palate is now accustomed to those flavors, and cakes and cookies rich in butter are not amongst my  favorite. Same destiny had the sugar, she usually cut the required dose at least in half and so our sweets were never too sweet.

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