Archives for February 2008

Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

It doesn't happen often that inspiration for a new flavour of brownie comes from a novel. In 'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris, the heroine Vianne Rocher prepares her favourite chocolate drink by adding a mesmerizing¬† combination of chilli, nutmeg and cinnamon. Instinctively I knew that … [Read more...]

Valentine Erbazzone Emiliano

Valentine Erbazzone Emiliano

One of our most popular dishes, the Erbazzone Emiliano has received a loveable makeover especially for Valentine's day... Love is in the air! … [Read more...]

Behind the scenes of ‘Cooking the books’

Behind the scenes of ‘Cooking the books’

Towards the end of last year I was contacted by Talkback, the TV production company. They had seen my blog and wanted to invite me to appear on a forthcoming TV food show they were making called 'Cooking the Books', which was due to run on consecutive evenings on Channel 5. First of all I was … [Read more...]

Carrot cake with vanilla-scented icing

Carrot cake with vanilla-scented icing

When I first came to England I was completely smitten by your carrot cake. In Bologna where I grew up, I had never seen a cake made with a vegetable(!) nor one with such a peculiar texture - so enriched with walnuts and such a beautifully sweet icing. Hmm! For this reason I used to order … [Read more...]