Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert, Gluten-free

Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots

Nicoletta July 31, 2018

Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots takes advantage of the beautiful fresh summer fruits and showcases it in a most delectable and stunning dessert that will impress your guests and family. [Gluten-free]

Song of the day: Just Like Fire – Pink

Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots

I have to admit, summer in Edmonton is beautiful. There is so much to do, see, experience, taste and explore. We like to squeeze every drop out of summer before a heavy blanket of the “white stuff” covers everything and hibernates us.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert, Life & Lifestyle

Haskap Berry Hand Pies & A Long Table Dinner

Loreto July 27, 2018

Haskap Berry Hand Pies & A Long Table Dinner,  imagine a sunny warm day and time in the countryside picking and learning about a berry you knew very little about and falling in love with it so much that a beautiful juicy tender flaky hand pie is made with the same passion and enthusiasm that the grower has for this unusual but very tasty berry.

Song of the day: “I Want You to Want me” by Dwight Yoakam.

Haskap Berry Hand Pies & A Long Table Dinner

Haskap Berry Hand Pies & A long Table Dinner takes us on a journey into the world of Haskaps, from where it came from to how it is grown, finishing off the wonderful experience wanting to showcase this amazing superfood with a delicious, easy to eat, delectably juicy and sweet hand pie.

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Crostatine with Ricotta, Yogurt and Berries

Nicoletta July 24, 2018

Crostatine with Ricotta, Yogurt, and Berries, a buttery crumbly base, a luscious creamy filling, a fresh fruity topping all in one cute dessert, a crostatina, tartlet, in Italian. A real taste of summer.

Song of the day: Così Celeste – Zucchero & Cheb Mami

Crostatine with Ricotta, yogurt and berries

The summers spent in my parents’ hometown in the countryside were a welcomed change from living the everyday life in a big city.

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Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Grilled Halibut Cheek Pouches

Loreto July 21, 2018

Grilled Halibut Cheek Pouches, they say that anything close to the bone has amazing flavor, well these succulent morsels of fish that once were nestled in the cheek of a halibut are now steamed beautifully in a pouch of herbs and flavors wonderfully grilled on the BBQ!

Song of the day: “Memories” by Elvis Presley.

grilled Halibut cheeks pouches

Grilled Halibut Cheek Pouches, redefine how fish can be so moist, flaky, and succulent. By creating a cooked marinade and placing it on the plump halibut cheeks in a tight aluminum foil steaming pouch, and cooking it on a nice hot grill, we get elevated flavor upon flavor for a beautiful outdoor rustic meal. Add in a pouch of herbed potatoes and your dish is complete!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Torta Paradiso with Cream Cheese & Jam

Nicoletta July 17, 2018

Torta Paradiso with Cream Cheese & Jam. Torta Paradiso is a classic Italian cake from the 19th century, with an unforgettable, paradisiac texture (hence, the name): soft, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth. Here the cake is filled with whipped cream cheese and raspberry apple jam and topped with fresh summer berries and mint. My Italian answer to a layered cake.

Song of the day: Paradise by Sade.

Torta Paradiso with Summer Berries and Jam-feat

I remember seeing the same recipe book in the drawer of the antique kitchen cabinet in my parents’ place, since forever.

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Gluten-free, How To

How To Make Homemade Ricotta

Loreto July 15, 2018

How T0 Make Homemade Ricotta (La Ricotta di Comare Maria). The most luscious, creamy, silky, ricotta cheese with amazing rich flavor, perfect on its own and will dazzle any recipe it graces.

Song of the day: “Mano nella Mano” by Michele Zarrillo.

How to make homemade Ricotta

How to make Ricotta Cheese, is a beautiful recipe given to us by my Godmother Comare Maria, and the end result is a ricotta cheese that is out of this world good. Its smoothness will have you wanting more and its flavor pure decadence!

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