Pasta salad two ways

Pasta salad two ways

I was recently asked to bring a pasta salad to a family birthday, and of course it's the one salad I pretty much NEVER make. I wanted to avoid the usual creamy options, and ended up with two different versions, both of which were a hit. GREEN MACHINE PESTO PASTA SALAD Toss some traditional basil [...]

Chorizo croquettes

Chorizo croquettes

Mashed potato and chorizo sausage all crispy golden crumbed and fried? Yes please. For a vegetarian alternative feel free to swap the chorizo for some spinach or peas: also yum! what you need 2 fresh chorizo sausages a good quantity of mashed potato, butter okay but no milk salt and pepper a pinch of smoked [...]

Pizzoccheri

Pizzoccheri

Pizzoccheri is technically the name of the buckwheat pasta in this dish, the dish itself comes from the Lombardy region of Italy and is known as Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese. It's one of those not much to look at but so good to eat dishes, a hearty vegetarian option for a cold evening. I made the [...]

Amaretti

Amaretti

If you're an Italophile like me you don't need a lot of prompting to try these delicious chewy cookies. But when a friend just KEPT ON sharing pics of Italian sweets online and then my hairdresser offered me a freshly baked amaretti, who was I to resist? They are super quick and easy to whip [...]

Fritule

Fritule

According to Wikipedia, fritule are "a festive Croatian pastry made particularly for Christmas. They resemble little doughnuts... Venetian fr├Čtole... they are usually flavored with rum and citrus zest, containing raisins, and are topped with powdered sugar." For me they're also a whole lot more. They were one of my favourite sweet treats growing up, and [...]