Tiramisu – a little pick me up

Tiramisu is one of my all time favourite desserts. It’s light and delicate with a not so subtle coffee kick. No wonder tiramisu translates to ‘a little pick me up’in Italian. This recipe is a cheat version as it uses freshly whipped cream instead of whisked egg whites but it’s quicker and easier to make….

A Bellini twist for NYE

My tipple at the moment is definitely the Bellini! It’s refreshing, a little bit sweet and perfect for special occasions. I’m not usually a consumer of alcohol (well…not since the kids arrived), so when I do decide to enjoy a drink, I like to make it a bit special. As far as cocktails go, Bellini’s…

Minestrone soup – a one pot wonder

Now that it has finally begun to feel like winter, a large pot of warming soup is just what we need to keep us going. This minestrone soup is a family favourite. I’m not sure that it is particularly authentic as an Italian recipe, but with loads of nutritious vegetables, beans and pasta in the…

Chicken Parmigiana…the ultimate dude food

My husband recently had a birthday and every year he asks for chicken parmigiana (or pollo alla parmigiana) for his home dinner (we don’t get out much these days). For as long as we’ve been together and we are out for dinner, if parmigiana is on the menu, he’ll order it for sure! His loyalty…

Basil Pesto Perfection

At the beginning of December last year I planted six basil seedlings. They have miraculously survived the heat of the last two weeks and are now ready to pull up and use. I really only plant basil for one reason – making pesto sauce. Though I do pick leaves when I’m making pasta sauces, stir…

Panforte – an Italian Christmas sweet

Panforte is a delicious Italian sweet filled with dried fruit, nuts and a hint of chocolate. It’s a favourite at Christmas time and is often given as a gift. It’s perfect with a post dinner coffee or tipple, or as a sweet companion on a cheese platter. I found this recipe in a local paper…