Special Holidays

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 […]

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

I wasn’t planning on making a Christmas Cake this year, and only really decided to do so the night I returned to Rome from Florence. I think I was feeling guilty, and even though Joseph probably won’t even taste it, I have this need to create ‘food […]

Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas time is usually associated with special recipes that quite often are traditional to our family.  Along with Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding, Mince Pies are an essential part of my Christmas celebrations.  Mince Pies are part of Christmas baking that reminds me of the […]

Christmas Fruit Mince

Christmas Fruit Mince

Today my kitchen is filled with the aroma of Christmas.  I finally made the fruit mince for my mince pies, and although I have many recipes that remind me of my mother, this one is probably one of the most important along with her Christmas […]

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

It’s the second day of December and that means that if I had any intention of doing traditional Christmas baking, I’m already running way too late! When we were growing up, every year before Christmas, my mother would get together with my two Aunties, Aunty […]

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

  You don’t have to be American to enjoy the delicious desserts that are made during Thanksgiving!  I first tasted Pumpkin Pie when I was an exchange student for a year to Arizona, USA in 1986/87.  Whilst researching recipes, I found many variations but I […]