Cooking: special meals

Cooking: Entertaining

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 →

Cooking for Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Manuale di Nonna Papera 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. 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 Looney… Read more →

10 Tips for Surviving Christmas Cooking

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 for food. It is very difficult to gauge, during previous Christmas’s we cooked far too much and struggled to finish it all. I now prefer to spend 2 days before Christmas preparing… Read more →

duck magret de Canard sauce a l'Orange

French Challenge: Duck Magret de Canard à l’Orange and Gratin Dauphinoise

Duck magret de canard a l orange is France favourite dish. At last some rain, and the temperature has dropped. It seems autumn has finally arrived, and I am ready for some comfort and festive food to warm up our cold and rainy weekends. To celebrate the new season I embraced a new French challenge: Magret de Canard a l’Orange… Read more →

homemade porchetta Romana

Homemade Porchetta Romana

Rome by 9yrs Francesco Tobin from the series: Villages 2016 Life was different before the first McDonald’s opened in Rome in Piazza di Spagna. As teenagers growing up in Rome in the 70’s, we wouldn’t crave the BigMac. Our Vespa’s gatherings were organized around Porchetta Romana Food Stalls and the Grattachecca Kiosk, serving crushed ice with fresh fruits.   Save… Read more →

Traditional French Cassoulet beans haricot Tarbais

How to Cook a Traditional French Cassoulet

Traditional French Cassoulet…and what “traditional” means anyway ! The traditional French Cassoulet is probably one of the best known French dishes. Originating from the Languedoc Region, it is essentially a white beans stew with pork and other cuts of meat…. “Easier said than done !” As a “Local” Italian living in France for the past 7 years, I decided it… Read more →