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swiss roll sponge homemade crystallised violets butter cream and pistachios

Swiss Roll Sponge Recipe

The Swiss roll sponge recipe is a cake made with whisked eggs. It has a light texture, and it is used as the base for layered cakes or filled rolls. It requires a little bit of work, but its softness perfectly combines with a cream filling. Jump to Recipe Here I am using the buttercream version from the Almond Meringue… 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 →

Toasted Butter Wild Berry Muffins

Toasted Butter Wild Berry Muffins

Those toasted butter wild berry muffins are moist inside with a crunchy crust, and have a nice toasted butter taste sharpened by the fruits’ acidity. Jump to Recipe Toasted Butter (in french called beurre noisette) To toast the butter you need to clarify it first, which mean spooning away all the white components of the melted butter. They are organic components… 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 →

Pissaladiere Nicoise

Pissaladiere Nicoise

Pissaladiere Nicoise is dish sold in many bakeries as a starter or snack. It is a pizza base topped by Mediterranean onions, anchovies and olives. Jump to Recipe I made the Pissaladiere in small bite sizes as canapés for 100 guests at Saint Paul de Vence “Mayor’s Wishes for 2017” speech. They were easy to pick without getting your hands… Read more →

Ile flottante recipe floating island dessert

Step by Step Homemade Floating Island Dessert

Meaning the floating island dessert, it is a foaming meringue floating in a crème anglaise (custard) and sprinkled with caramel and pralines. All photos by Paul Oatway Jump to Recipe Ile Flottante is one of my favourite French desserts, the first French dessert I discovered in Paris. I decided to master this recipe when my son Francesco told me he… Read more →

Sausage Rolls Recipe

This is a very simple recipe if you have a bread machine. Jump to Recipe You can prepare the dough in the bread machine using a timer, so they are ready when you need it. Then prepare the rolls 1 hour before you want to cook them. They are perfect for Picnics, buffets and children’s parties. Here I serve them… Read more →

Mini Meringue Recipe

Mini Meringue Recipe

I have a secret mini meringue recipe to make meringues thick and crunchy that doesn’t stick to your teeth: “I add wine vinegar and cornflour” I know, I was also skeptical at first but I tried it once and never made a meringue again without adding these two ingredients. Brittle and crunchy it melts in your mouth. Jump to Recipe… Read more →