Date & Walnut Bliss Bombs

Not sure why I call these “bombs”.  Maybe because they’re round, pack a whollop of energy fo their size, or maybe because “balls” is just … well, no.  Whatever they should be called, these little bliss bombs are packed full of yummy fruity nutty chocky goodness and energy! Best of all, they take almost no…

Pistachio Praline Paste

Praline paste is an ingredient used in pastries and desserts, but commercially prepared ones are often hard to track down.  It’s easy to make at home and the flavour when freshly made is so good, it’s worth the effort.  Actually, it’s usually less effort than trying to find where to buy it 🙂 I’ve made…

Festive Christmas Panettone – Part I – The Fruit Mix

If I’m being honest, I have to admit that my heart belongs to pandoro not panettone.   Maybe it’s my Veneto roots (pandoro hails from Verona).  Or because I think it’s streets ahead of panettone in texture and flavour.  For as long as I can remember it’s been my traditional birthday cake.  A few years…

Flourless Mango Cake

On the weekend, I bought a beautiful book that I’ve been secretly lusting after for a while, Grand Livre De Cuisine: Desserts: Alain Ducasse’s Desserts and Pastries.  It gave me tingles.  And inspiration to make a spectacular mango dessert.  There was going to be a crispy chocolate layer, macadamia praline, moulded mango jelly shapes, creamy…

Lemon Curd & Salted Ganache Tartlets

These mini tarts are easy to make.  You just need a little patience to make lots of them.  This post also comes courtesy of last week’s baking extravaganza and is still on theme … bold flavours for these tarts because they are tiny and it’s great to have little mouthfuls that pack a wallop of…

Bountilicious Babycakes

Coconut is one of those foods that seems to polarise people.  We either love it or hate it.  Personally, I prefer my coconut applied topically – coconut oil shampoos, body butters, scrubs etc.  As a food, though, I’m a little ambivalent.  Its flavour and texture can be too dominant in a dish, especially desiccated coconut. …

Torta di Ricotta Siciliana

Wow, my first recipe post!!!  Bear with me folks, I’m no blogspert and I’m still struggling with the layout 🙂 I vowed I would bake something at least once a week.  I’m not sure I will achieve that, but this is my first attempt to do so.  I was helped this weekend by some bad…

Welcome!

Why “Chocolate Chilli Mango”?  Maybe because it rolls off the tongue so nicely … or maybe because they are my favourite foods in the whole world.  Sweet or savoury, they go together in any combination … they can be healthy or deliciously bad for you … and ultimately that’s what this blog is all about….