I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of apple cake until the moment that I decided to move to Norway with my family, in 2008. The recipe of the following apple cake was given to me by one of my daughter’s Norwegian teachers. At the time my daughter Margherita was attending primary school and when I picked her up in the afternoon, the school was often invaded by the scent of the cake that the kids had been baking proudly. When we want to bring back the sweet memories of the years spent in Norway, we always prepare this cake, filling our kitchen with the fragrance of the past. (Francesca)
Five years after that my grandmother is no longer with us, I decided to prepare one of her best recipes, these buttery chocolate biscuits bites. She used to prepare them for any occasion, from birthday parties to Easter celebrations. My sister passed me the recipe that I had locked in the cupboard until now. While I was preparing her recipe I thought I heard her whispering the tips she always gave me, still feeling her close to me. After all, isn’t this the meaning of handing down our forefathers’ recipes?
A different dinner than usual or a refined appetizer with cheeses and jams? Whatever the occasion, cheese is always a good idea. Make your cheeseboard colorful and tastier by pairing the cheese of your choice with the right jam and some fresh seasonal fruit and crunchy nuts.
Don’t forget to serve a good wine: Sangiovese Ca’ Storta Red Wine is the one we love to pair with this recipe. It recalls wild berries, currants and violets with a pleasant acidity. The sweet tannins make it perfect for every occasion.
The jams we paired come from Calabria, a sunny and beautiful South Italian region.
Many thanks to DeliziedelGusto for sending over its gorgeous products, and to vinimondodk to let us taste this organic Sangiovese Red Wine.
After living many years in the Nordics we got obsessed with all the recipes made with oats. The first among all is the porridge, called havregrød in Denmark, that comes in many variations from the sweet to the savoury ones. Today’s recipe uses the oat instead of flour to prepare the traditional chocolate chips cookies making them lighter and a little bit healthier.
The title of this week’s recipe may sound a bit quirky and needs to be explained.
The cake we made is more than a simple cake, it’s a pretext for connecting with our friend Giulia who is currently living in Santiago, Chile. She is a professional photographer and the owner of followingthenorthstar. During this period of quarantine, she baked tons of delicious Italian dishes for her family and amazed us with the stunning pictures of the food she prepared.
Apart from pilfering her the recipe of her strawberry cake (that we made replacing the strawberries with juicy cherries), we got to have a Zoom session to learn the basics of the dark photography from Giulia, by connecting the Chilean capital Santiago with Zurich and Copenhagen. It was so exciting!!!
Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, and the Spring season, with a new recipe for strawberries. The base of the recipe is a combination of refreshing strawberries, citrus fruit juice and orange flower water, all ingredients that remind us of the blooming of spring. The light touch is given by a floating white egg, whipped and boiled to make it airy and feather-light.
The color is red, the symbol of love and beauty…so perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration. ❤️
Easter is a time for baking, celebrating and expressing gratitude. Now more than ever we have time to think about the things that matter in our life and about what and who to be grateful for. We baked these Easter wreaths with our children, while talking about what they are thankful for, filling this moment with love and happiness.
It’s all about cooking with our children these days but the secret is to make something that can involve kids of all ages. Preparing these sweet bread buns with chocolate made them happy, proud and at the end eager to dip the fresh-baked Pangoccioli into a frothy cup of milk. Thanks to our dear and sweet friend Rhea who currently lives in Nairobi for passing us this recipe.
For this 2020 St. Valentine’s Day, we opted for these rich and yummy dark chocolate truffles. This is a basic recipe that can be enriched adding chopped nuts, orange zest or a liquor of your choice. We added a touch of originality rolling them not only into cocoa powder, but also into raspberry, and coconut powder. To surprise your beloved let your imagination run wild!