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Chocolate Cake from an Island – La Torta Caprese

Chocolate cake is nearly everyone’s favourite.  And this is my favourite chocolate cake to prepare for one simple reason: it is easy to make.  I am not a baker by calling and this recipe ruffles none of my cake-making fear-mongering … Continue reading

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Figs and Paté and all is Okay!

Lord knows I am too old to be pregnant but a few days ago I was unaccountably overcome by the persistent desire for a particular food that was most akin to pregnant women’s so-called ‘crazy cravings’.  Huh!  Chicken liver paté. … Continue reading

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Carbonara Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese

“Loving the Leftovers” … that is a category I added to my posts because ” l’arte del riciclo “, which translates into English as the art of using leftovers, is all about creating a FRESH dish using the remains of … Continue reading

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Naff can be Nice – Saffron Rice and Scallops

I don’t know how you, dear Reader, personally interpret the slang word ‘naff’ but the British-English speaking can easily agree that it has to do with all things ‘uncool’, no longer or ever fashionable, on the tacky side and generally … Continue reading

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English Pasta – Spaghetti Burro e Parmigiano

By the time our son had reached four years of age, he had developed a strong, nay hidebound, preference for minimalist pasta, bereft of even the faintest hint of tomato sauce, and one that he presumed to call “white pasta”. … Continue reading

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Foraging inside the Fridge and a Hot Dip – Bagna Caoda

“When it comes to stocking the refrigerator,” I should like to say suavely with knowledge born of long experience, “my general goal is to stick to three staples:  the sort of ingredients that are required on a daily or regular … Continue reading

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Hands on Hips over Risotto Making … and Seeing the Light with a Leftovers Risotto!

Hands on hips, but no pursed lips.  My ‘attitude’ regarding risotto is born of listening and learning from other people, and then practising at home.  Ours is not to pontificate but ours IS to investigate, evaluate and recreate. I would … Continue reading

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