Saint Teresa of Avila was called the “girl with the fiery spirit – an inspired blend of mystical power with down-to-earth common sense and quick wit. She is one of the most striking figures in the Roman Catholic Church. Together with Saint John of the Cross she gave Avila...
Archive for category: Cakes & Pastries
If you love a rich, gourmet Christmas cake (or celebration cake for anytime of the year) then here is a recipe you might like to try. I love it because of the amount of fruit and glacé fruit it contains which gives this cake a real standout quality....
It wouldn’t be Friday if I didn’t share with you a recipe from my ‘must-make’ chocolate file and for those who are lovers of chocolate with an added dash of a little ‘something’, then this is for you. This recipe uses the wonderfully delicious Italian liqueur Tuaca, made from...
This is a wonderful recipe for a delectable and divine Greek culinary tradition and whilst I have made several different versions over the years, this is by far the best I have found and comes from Maria Benardis. I always have heaps of compliments when it is served...
If there is one sweet food that I do love then it has to be fruit mince pies. Maybe it goes back to my childhood days when I can still remember my grandmother making her delectable little pies filled with her homemade fruit mince, the jars of which...
This weekend as part of our football celebrations, I decided I would cook up a beer cake for the ‘boys’ so that they could have a piece of cake with their beer if they so desired. Seemed to be a sound proposition as there wasn’t any cake remaining by...
I acknowledge that this really isn’t in the ‘Mediterranean food’ category but I recently made this brownie for the boys to take on a fishing trip and I have had several requests since for me to put it on the blog, so here it is. This is a deliciously dense,...
I have mentioned before that I love sour cherries and these simple-to-make fritters are just delightful. I like to make them and not tell my guests about the hidden sour and sweet cherry inside, so they get a very pleasant surprise, The kirsch- spiked mascarpone is perfect for dipping. You...
If you want the perfect accompaniment to a glass of vin santo or grappa, then these little mouthfuls of golden delight will fit the bill. Simple to make and just divine, you will become addicted, I can assure you! To me these epitomise so much of the Mediterranean that...
These little pastry pillows which originated in Naples are a true mouthful of delight were first made to celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph. Whether they are filled with a ricotta cream, or custard, or left unfilled and tossed in sugar or drizzled with honey they are truly...
Welcome to my love affair with the food, wine, history and culture of the Mediterranean, past and present. Here you will find not only recipes, drinks and fabulous products, but the history of the food and culture of the Mediterranean.
My purpose is to get you to explore and experience new tastes and along the way to immerse yourself in the wonderful history of this diverse and wonderful region – from Venice to Istanbul, Rome to Dubrovnik, Athens to Crete and all places in between and in the surrounds. Be prepared to be surprised, delighted and enthralled as you take this trip with me.
- An ode to play – A painting by Pieter Bruegel
- A return to your childhood is good for the soul
- The Siege – Arturo Perez-Reverte
- A perfect flourless dense tart cake with caramelised slices of lime
- A wonderful Greek chicken dish to share – Kotopoulo Tiganito
- Pacharán – the sloe liqueur from Navarra
- A miraculous potion containing dried wine lees…..
- A perfect Pea, Mint & Feta Crostini
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