Romancing the Rhubarb

I have to confess I’ve never been interested in, let alone understood, Valentine’s Day.  The way I see it, if I need to have a special day set aside to remember to tell someone I loved them, I might have bigger issues to deal with than gift giving 😉  But that’s just me. I’ve never…

Gelato Panna e Amarene

We always recall the truly memorable food moments in our lives with a smile and a longing to revisit the flavours, the textures, the sensory experience of that gastronomic interlude.  Sometimes we can, other times it must remain a sublime memory … perhaps associated with a special occasion, with people we love dearly, or places…

Lebkuchen Semifreddo

I was going to make my lebkuchen cookies this year but it looks to be a warm one this Christmas.  Yes, yes, lucky us, hey … with our summery Christmas 🙂 Except that those of us with European heritage get a little out of sorts with our love of traditional Christmas fare.  I try to…

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

I call him Fred.  Fred and the Cat have become the best of friends.  He’s been dropping by for quite some time, but lately, something’s changed.  The Cat and Fred have started hanging out together and having long conversations … I’m not sure they understand each other too well, but whatever they talk about, it…

Torroncino Ice-Cream

Aaahhhh nuts, what to do with all that leftover torrone from Christmas? When too much nougat is never enough … make gelato.  Let’s face it, you’re probably just a wee bit tired after all the Christmas preparations, celebrations and indulgence, right?  Yes, it’s easier just to eat the nougat, au naturel, but it’s more fun…

Gianduja Ice Cream

Gianduja.  It’s so quintessentially Italian, it’s almost a national flavour emblem.  It would be tantamount to treason for an Italian to dislike the heady combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.  Consider the place that Nutella‡ has in the Italian national psyche … The origin of the name comes from a character in Italy’s Commedia dell’ Arte,…

Salted Caramel Gelato & Awards Time

I seem to have abandoned my post (pardon the pun).  Back again now and with a special mission.  Awards!!  Oh, yes, and there is a recipe too 🙂 In the past month or so, I’ve been very lucky (and very stunned) to receive several awards from fellow bloggers and kindred spirits.  As a novice blogger,…

Mango Semifreddo with Chocolate Chilli Ganache

You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?  Chocolate.  Chilli.  Mango.  Together.  The stuff of legend.  I kid you not. It was my birthday last weekend and so I made something to serve with my birthday cake.  Remember I had that lovely Perbellini Pandoro tucked away since just before Christmas?  What better to go with it…

Pistachio Praline Crispy Parfait

I’ve seriously gone to town on pistachios in this blog and it’s only early days.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that I really, really love them.  I do!  They are so wonderful at Christmas time with their fresh green colouring.  Frankly, though, I think this post is about it for a while.  I’m all pistachio-ed…