If you are looking for a perfect cake/tart for a special occasion then I strongly suggest you try this delicacy from Phoebe Wood which was featured in Issue 32 of Feast Magazine, June 2014. It does take 2½ hours to prepare and approx 1 hour to cool, but it...
Archive for category: Cakes & Pastries
While this wonderful Italian brioche may seem like a lot of work (and I generally start it the day before I want to serve it), it is well worth the effort and makes for an outstanding dessert or a special afternoon tea/picnic treat. Please do give it a...
When you travel to Croatia, make certain that you seek out traditional food, as it is certain to delight your tastebuds. Sailing around Croatia, I was very lucky to have been invited to many a home, where I truly began to understand the uniqueness and flavour of the...
Pastis gascon is a superfine puff pastry dessert, inherited from the 8th century Moors while en route through Gascony to Poitiers, but it is now considered to be native dish of Gascony, and as such, must be made with Armagnac. It you love dishes with filo pastry, then...
Today I shared with you Miguel Maestre’s wonderful Spanish cookbook Spanish Cooking and his recipe for King Prawn in jamon with romesco coulis (Caballitos con salsa romesco) which is one of my favourites from this book. Here is a mouthwatering superb puff pastry treat from the same book – Creme quemada...
Recently I did a review of Maggie Beer’s Verjuice Cookbook. If you haven’t yet started cooking with verjuice, then do yourself a much deserved favour and start to do so. As I have previously mentioned, Maggie Beer is a wonderful South Australian and Australian food icon and has her...
Whilst this is actually a recipe for a Brazilian passionfruit cake, Bolo de Maracujá, and so doesn’t fit into the Mediterranean theme of the blog, it is so wonderful that I had to share it with you. This is rich in passionfruit and so it decidedly sweet, but I...
I will soon be introducing you to a an wonderful Tuscan cookbook, but by way of a teaser I thought I would share with you a recipe from the cookbook for a melt-in-the-mouth Pistoria Chestnut Cake which is so simple to make but is so delicious that you will...
The other day I posted a review of Maggie Beer’s awesome Maggie’s Verjuice Cookbook – which you really must put in your library. As a treat I thought I would share with you one of her recipes that uses the sensational Sangiovese Verjuice. This shortcake is sure to be a...
There are times when all you can serve is ‘comfort food’ and these deep-fried custard slices from Spain called Leche Frita fall well and truly into that category. I have seen even the most hardened “I don’t eat dessert” dinner guests who have weakened to ‘just the one’ and...
Welcome to my love affair with the food, wine, history and culture of the Mediterranean, past and present. Here you will find not only recipes, drinks and fabulous products, but the history of the food and culture of the Mediterranean.
My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- An ode to play – A painting by Pieter Bruegel
- The pelican fountain that becomes a fountain of wine….
- A Donatello head of Virgil’s horse, Palazzo Carafa, Naples
- Codex Gigas or The Bible written by the Devil!!
- A lock in Milan designed by Leonardo da Vinci
- Who was the Marquis of Pombal?
- The curious sculpture of Ancient Rome’s “Man of the Forests” – Venice
- The mystery of the magic Square, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
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