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Light and Fluffy Italian Homemade Gnocchi

Light and Fluffy Italian Homemade Gnocchi

The traditional Italian homemade gnocchi are light, fluffy, they melt in your mouth and you can actually taste the potatoes. Very different from the ones already made which tend to have too much flour because they have to last longer on the shelf. My husband calls them lead balls. Also, some recipes use eggs, I don’t. My homemade gnocchi are… Read more →

Bruschette Toppings using Virgin Olive Oil

4 Bruschette Toppings Using Virgin Olive Oil

If you want your barbecue to be complete, here are 4 bruschette toppings using virgin olive oil. (This post is in collaboration with Jamie’s Italian and his Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil) Every Italian Barbecue starts with a bruschetta: rustic bread cut in slices and toasted over the charcoal. It is like the toast for an English breakfast, For Italians,… Read more →

homemade crystallized violets recipe

A Violets Festival in Your Own Garden

What is a violets festival? On the French Riviera, Spring is announced in March when violets start blossoming all over the gardens. At the renowned Violets Festival in Tourettes-sur-Loup you can eat them in different ways: ice cream, jam, jelly, candy. Jump to Recipe Save Tourettes-sur-Loup is just across the valley from our garden and the seeds must have spread… Read more →

huey dewey and louie

Cooking for Huey Dewey and Louie

We all grew up watching American cartoons, and every time there was a celebration Donald Duck would cook muffins, pancakes, and brownies for his nephews, Huey Dewey and Louie. Manuale di Nonna Papera   They were everybody’s favourites and were always devoured with avidity and joy by all cartoons: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Duffy Duck, Bugs Bunny….Walt Disney as well as… Read more →

preparing amuse bouche for 100 people

Preparing Amuse Bouche for 100 Guests

Amuse Bouche, literately translating as pleasing the palate, are one-bite size finger food usually served in French restaurant before the meal. A practical way to reduce waste at parties. Saturday the 14th of January, I was commissioned by Mr Joseph le Chapelain, Mayor of Saint Paul de Vence, to provide canapés for 100 guests, for the “Mayor’s Wishes for 2017″… Read more →

10 tips for Surviving Christmas cooking

10 Tips for Surviving Christmas Cooking

Organizing your Christmas cooking is not only about the Christmas meal but also feeding the family the days before and cater for unexpected guests while you are already busy with everything else. Two days left until Christmas, the clock is ticking down! Besides the presents, Christmas cards and the closing of business over the festive week, I need to plan… Read more →