Pomegranate Pavlova

Ever since Vincent Simone innocently referred to “par-lava” as “all a bit of a pavlova” on this years series of “I’m a celebrity” we’ve fondly been using the reverse, as in anyone for a piece of par-lava, when serving pavlova. My husband has been known for a few comical lost in translation moments…dodgy bag for … Continue reading

Hazelnut meringues for mum

I’ve spent days, months and years trying to master meringues and as a friend kindly pointed out at one of my recent dinner parties “you’ve finally cracked it!” Past disasters have led to many an Eton Mess to disguise my misdemeanours in the kitchen but this recipe has been a fail safe. I first cooked … Continue reading

Tomato, Mascarpone and Zucchini flan with aromatic herb salad

We eat more zucchini per capita in our household than any other vegetable as it is virtually the national vegetable of Italy and also one of the easiest “green” things that my husband will eat! Interestingly it is botanically regarded as a fruit, despite most frequently being referred to and cooked as a vegetable. So next time you … Continue reading

Pimm’s o’clock with a rhubarb and lemon Pimm’s-infused jelly

It’s getting hot hot hot here in the north of Italy and in search of something cool and refreshing for a lunchtime dessert I recently made some cheeky little Pimm’s, rhubarb and lemon jellies as part of my ongoing campaign to get Italians to fall in love with rhubarb. Things are gathering momentum and so … Continue reading