Special Holidays

Casatiello Napoletano with Quail Eggs

Casatiello Napoletano with Quail Eggs

Casatiello Napoletano is a savoury bread traditionally eaten during Easter celebrations.  I find it so very delicious and very addictive, and it’s hard not to eat too much of it at one sitting.  It is traditional to bake the Casatiello with chicken eggs placed on the […]

Struffoli

Struffoli

Struffoli is a sweet dish traditionally from Napoli made up of marble sized deep-fried pieces of dough, which are then covered in honey. They are usually enjoyed at Christmas or Easter time, but can also be eaten during carnival celebrations, held in February in Italy. Personally I find them […]

Frittelle di Riso

Frittelle di Riso

Continuing with Italian carnival traditions, this recipe is a classic, especially in Tuscany.  Think of that delicious rice pudding you would have as a child, and imagine it rolled into balls, fried, and covered in sugar.  That’s the best description I have to describe these delicious […]

Chiacchiere di Carnevale

Chiacchiere di Carnevale

It’s coming up to Carnival time and bakeries in Italy have trays of ‘chiacchiere’ in their windows. Think a pastry that is thin, crispy, fried and covered in icing sugar…..  I knew that would get your attention! We would have these when I was growing up […]

Chocolate Mince Pies

Chocolate Mince Pies

If you love Fruit Mince Pies and you are a fan of chocolate, then combine the two, upgrade your Christmas traditions and make your mince pies much more decadent by enclosing the fruit mince in a dark chocolate pastry.   I had planned to make the […]

Tutorial: Decorating a Gingerbread House for Christmas

Tutorial: Decorating a Gingerbread House for Christmas

Making and decorating a Gingerbread House at Christmas time can be a fun and satisfying activity.  It can also be an activity that starts off well, but ends in tears and may risk having you throw pieces of gingerbread at the closest wall in frustration.  […]

Mini Panettone

Mini Panettone

While it is important for me to bake my mother’s traditional English Christmas recipes during the festive season, Christmas without at least one panettone would feel very odd indeed.  Italians will prefer ‘pandoro’ (a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread) or panettone at Christmas time.  I […]

Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing & Gravy

Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing & Gravy

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in America, Canada and in some of the Caribbean islands.  The “first Thanksgiving,” however, was not a feast or a holiday, it was a simple gathering. Following the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims lost […]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

I posted the recipe for Hot Cross Buns last year, although this year I tried a different recipe which I liked much more…. Therefore, I’ve decided to publish it here, but without deleting last year’s recipe.  This way you can look at both of them […]

Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch

I suppose it might be a little late to write about our Christmas lunch, but as it was only 2 days ago I’d still like to tell you what we had.  I will start by saying that there were only three of us here for […]