Gluten-free, Side Dishes, Special Diets, Vegan/Vegetarian

Radicchio Pear Fig Salad with Mascarpone Dressing

Nicoletta May 21, 2019

Radicchio Pear Fig Salad with Mascarpone Dressing, a symphony of flavors and textures dancing beautifully together, creating a balance between the bitterness of the radicchio and the sweetness of the pear and figs, all lusciously coated in a wonderful creamy mascarpone dressing and elevated with additions of fresh basil and salted Marcona almonds.

Song of the day: Why (Remix) – Shawn Mendes, ft. Leon Bridges

Radicchio pear fig salad with mascarpone dressing-with grissini

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

Of the five universally accepted basic tastes that are perceived by our taste buds: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, I have my personal rankings.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Vegan/Vegetarian

Broccolini and Potato Butter Pastry Tart

Loreto May 17, 2019

Broccolini and Potato Butter Pastry Tart. Nothing like buttery light flaky puff pastry with the richness of broccolini, the velvety starchiness of golden potatoes, and dressed with creamy Fontina and ricotta, some heat with peperoncino. Hence, why it is so so delicious and visually enticing!

Song of the day: “I Like it Like That” by Pete Rodriguez.

Broccolini and Potato Butter Pastry Tart-two pieces in the plates

Broccolini and Potato Butter Pastry Tart. Having store bought good quality puff pastry in the freezer has its benefits, and what a feast to have at the end of the week. This could be an appetizer or party pleaser, however, we had it as our meal and I could not have felt more satisfied!

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Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert

Almond Butter and Jam Rye Bread

Nicoletta May 13, 2019

Almond Butter and Jam Rye Bread, nutty, mildly sweet and slightly salty with a lovely crumb and a delightfully crunchy topping, this bread is a very nutritious and delicious way to start your day or just what you need for your afternoon break. Have a cup of tea or coffee on the side and you’re set for a most enjoyable time!

Song of the day: Patience – Guns N’ Roses.

almond butter and jam rye bread-bread on the board and one slice on a plate

Almond butter and jam is my go-to breakfast, my favorite, comforting, way to start the day. Usually, organic almond butter on toasted whole grain bread, possibly with homemade jam and a good cup of coffee, and I am a very happy camper.

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Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert, Gluten-free, Spoon desserts

Cambodian Tapioca Banana Pudding

Loreto May 10, 2019

Cambodian Tapioca Banana Pudding, is a luscious velvety textured dessert hosting flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and banana. Great to end a meal but also ideal for breakfast.

Song of the day: “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz.

Cambodian Tapioca Banana Pudding-bowls on the table with teapot view from the top

Cambodian Tapioca Banana Pudding. We are back on the ether train making our way to a beautiful exotic land. This dessert is a great depiction of the warmth and lusciousness of this topographical region. Wonderful smooth tapioca pearls meet creamy coconut and slow cooked banana, as a result, pure delicious delight!

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Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries

Nicoletta May 8, 2019

Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries, a special cake for special occasions. Beautiful and delicious, it is a two-layer whole wheat chocolate cake, with a Greek yogurt and cream filling. Semi-sweet chocolate ganache meets plenty of fresh field berries to top it off.

Song of the day: It’s Alright – Mother Mother.

Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries-frontal view

Special occasions need special cakes to celebrate. I might have just the perfect cake for a festivity, a birthday, or simply a cake to share with friends and family. A whole wheat chocolate layer cake, with a yogurt and cream filling, a semi-sweet chocolate ganache and plenty of fresh field berries on top. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

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Meat and Poultry

Family Style Loin Roast Dinner

Loreto May 5, 2019

Family Style Loin Roast Dinner, there is a nostalgia when serving this type of meal. It takes us back to earlier years when roast dinners meant special times with family and friends. However, today we are taking a classic meal and giving it a modern twist taking it to vibrant flavors and holding that comfort we so truly enjoy!

Song of the day: “Words & Fire” by Sam Roberts.

Family Style Loin Roast Dinner-view from the top

Family Style Loin Roast Dinner. A total dinner in one plate hosting, a side pasta, a succulent tender main, and a wonderful garnish that will awaken your taste buds to no end.

Firstly, succulent pressure cooked loin roast that is slow cooked after being steamed with many herbs and spices.

Secondly, this amazing pasta “orzo” blended with sauteed peppers, onion, and garlic.

Thirdly, a bright sunny pineapple salsa that has too many surprises to mention. Lastly, a wonderful sauce made with all those juices and flavors coming out of the pressure cooker.

Now, that’s a buffet all in one plate!

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Breakfast and Brunch, Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Italian Carrot Bundt Cake (Torta di Carote)

Nicoletta April 30, 2019

Italian Carrot Bundt Cake (Torta di Carote). Forget nuts, raisins, coconut, and rich frostings. This is a simple Italian cake that is all about carrots. Moist, mildly sweet, with a lovely orange hue and orange flavor, this cake is popular in Italy at breakfast, snack, or light dessert any time of the year.

Song of the day: Everglow – Coldplay

Italian Carrot Bundt Cake (Torta di Carote)

I’ve read somewhere that Carrot Cake is very peculiar to Easter, but no, I am not late to the game. In Italy, Easter and Carrot Cake don’t necessarily go in the same sentence.

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Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast and Brunch, Meat and Poultry, Soups, Stews and Sandwiches

Glamorous Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Loreto April 27, 2019

Glamorous Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Taking a childhood favorite and kicking it up just a few notches into a lovely, cheesy, oooey gooey, crispy, oh so delicious above all posh meal!

Glamorous Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Glamorous Gourmet Grilled Cheese, this sandwich has come a long way from cheese slices and soft sliced bread.

Imagine a rustic French traditional bread, buttery Brie, creamy Gorgonzola, fresh figs, and beautiful prosciutto all fried up in a cast pan to get melted and golden. Consequently, only one word to describe it. INSANE!

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Appetizers and Snacks, Vegan/Vegetarian

Spring Focaccia with Lemon Asparagus

Nicoletta April 24, 2019

Spring Focaccia with Lemon Asparagus, fresh like a Spring day, simple and tasty. Perfect for outdoor picnics, brunch, snack, or to serve as an appetizer with other delectable spreads.

Song of the day: Per Le Strade Una Canzone – Eros Ramazzotti, ft. Luis Fonsi

Spring Focaccia with Asparagus

Spring brings with it warmer weather and fresh produce in the markets. Asparagus is a fantastic treat this time of the year. Versatile and delicious, with many nutrients but few calories.

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