Saturday, 28 December 2013

Stephanie's Chocolate and Marshmallow Roll-Teaching is definetely my call!

Life takes you in many directions but, with me, no matter what I do or try to do to to change  directions, Teaching always seems to beckon me like a desperate siren lost at sea. It is my call and after two years of fighting it, I have to admit I'm at my happiest when I'm teaching.

So teaching's now taken me into a new realm-The wonders of the Internet!
 I am able to teach in a more personalised way.
 I can reach a student many, many miles away from me and allow them to have an one-hour session of personalised English Teaching, simply by using a webcam and an online book.
It's been an incredibly rewarding experience!

I have many French students from all over France. I love speaking to them and learning about all the cultural nuances and the differences between the regions.
 One of my students shares my cultural curiosity for different recipes and culture. She is a pleasure to teach and although her English may be limited, she has such a passion for learning that I can just see her going from strength to strength and being able to express herself in English just as easily as in French.

She also shares my passion for cooking and was kind enough to share the recipe for one of her children's favourite cakes with me that I am thrilled to share with you on the blog. 

So here it is.
Stephanie's Chocolate and marshmallow Roll.
Please make sure to try it as it's a definite winner among the kids and grown-ups alike.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Chicken and Prawns Paella and a great Competition

I have to admit this wasn't one of my most successful recipes.
Don't get me wrong, taste-wise it was spot on and brought many good memories of sunny Spain back, but the texture of the rice wasn't as good as it should have been.

2 key factors made it an 8 out of 10: the wrong type of rice and too much stock.

You see, I had to make it before hand and reheat with extra stock as I wouldn't have time to make it fresh and serve it there and then-mistake number one.
I went to the supermarket to get some paellla rice. They were fresh out and because I was short of time, I decided to use Arborio rice-mistake number two.

I've tweaked the recipe I'm sharing with you here and I can assure you that it will be a 10 out of 10 if you follow the steps to the letter.
However, this made me think about how overconfident we can get in the kitchen at times.

I've made paella hundreds of times before, and each time it came out tasting amazingly. I tried to be resourceful on this occasion only to realise that  I could actually do with some cookery lessons.
Just to learn how to be able to adapt flavours and ingredients, be creative and successful under pressure.
Yep, I could do with some cookery lessons.

So that brings me to the competition.
I heard through the grapevine about this competition which sounds like an amazing opportunity to get lessons from an excellent pro. I know the chances of winning are slim but someone needs to be the winner, right?

I've entered the competition and I suggest you do too. It's really simple. All you have to do is watch the recipes, which we all enjoy doing anyway, and answer the questions.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Spanish Bean and Chorizo Stew-Fabada Asturiana

As the cold weather approaches, I start thinking of comfort food.

Food that warms the body and the soul.  Food that you can eat with your slippers on. Food that you can dip your bread into.

This is one of those dishes. Spanish, Meditteranean flavours combined to bring a mixture of smokiness, spice, sweet velvety textures and it is, most of all a dish you want to have plenty of bread to dip into the juices..

Although this is a traditionally Spanish dish from the Asturian region, it is also made in Italy, France and Portugal with slight variations. This is my favourite version.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Baked Trout with Creamy Potatoes (Dauphinoise)

Hi there.
We're approaching the end of August and I still don't feel 100 per cent but I wanted to share this simple, easy recipe with you.

It's fairly quick  to make and packed with flavour.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Tapas-Mediterranean Octopus Salad

 Hi everyone,

It's the last day of July and I almost didn't make it this month. It has been a rough month and I haven't been feeling well at all, but I wanted to keep my promise of writing one post a month, so here we are.

I wanted to bring more Portuguese and Spanish flavours to the blog and a few weeks back I decided to have a Tapas night.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Traditional Luxury Fish Pie

 I've been thinking a lot about the blog lately, now I have finished writing about my foodie experiences in Italy.
I've been mostly thinking about what inspires me to cook.
The answer, I'm afraid, is Seafood.

Seafood has always been my passion in so many ways.
The smell of freshly barbecued fish evokes memories of Summer holidays spent by the seaside in Portugal.
 The aromas of seafood and shellfish take me back to my childhood memories of Christmas and New Year Celebrations

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Italian Foodie Experience-Sicillian strawberry and Cream Tart

One of my most memorable Foodie Experiences in Italy was receiving a phone call from a British TV channel representative that had read my blog.

He was looking for someone who could develop a recipe for an unusual, yet delicious dessert, in a TV programme named 'Britain's Best Dishes'.
The programme focus is on representatives from different regions in the UK showcasing their best recipes.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Italian Foodie Experience#5 King Prawn/Shrimp Ravioli with a Portuguese Twist

My welcoming gift when I moved to Italy was a Pasta machine.
It couldn't have been more apt.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make homemade pasta. No wonder so many Italian people make their own fresh pasta at home.
It's a truly satisfying experience, to get the right texture and thickness. I would truly recommend it.

I spent ages trying to think of a dish worthy of christening my new shiny pasta machine.
Being the seafood addict that I am, I knew it had to be something truly seafoody and special.

So I thought of one of my favourite Portuguese treats: King Prawn Rissol-Rissol de Camarao.
A light pastry covered in breadcrumbs and filled with a rich, creamy sauce and chunks of juicy king prawns.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Italian Foodie experience # 4-Pasta al Forno (Baked Creamy Pasta with Ragu) and of Nonna

So I said I would post once a month. Somehow February crept up on me, came and went and I ran out of days :).
Still this post is a celebration in many ways-of my Italian foodie experiences and also of the fact that this is my 100th post!

Today I recreated one of my favourite pasta foodie experiences in Italy, so to speak-Pasta al Forno.
The reason why I call it a pasta experience as such, is because it was a way of experiencing the role of the nonna or grandmother in the Italian family culture.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Of Haggis, Burns' Night and New Year's Resolutions

A very happy New Year to all of you!!
 I have to admit to having shed more than one tear on the New Year's Eve, as 2011 was a truly special year to me and I didn't want to let go of it.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Still alive! Oh, and my ideal breakfast!!

Hmm, how many months has it been??

Yep, I'm still here, alive and kicking and cooking.

Some of my absence has been down to work, some of it to kids but I will have to admit that some of it has been due to sheer laziness.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Italian Foodie Experience #3 Cooking for Mini Italians and Pseudo-Italian Meatballs

One of my most traumatic foodie experiences in Italy was cooking for my friends' Italian children.

Don't get me wrong, they were lovely boys, but just like their Italian adult counterparts, they knew what they liked and how it should be cooked.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy 2011, Everyone!!!!

And what better way to celebrate but with a rich, juicy platter of Seafood Spaghetti!!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Foodie Experience#2 Italian Breakfasts/Nutella and a Chocolatey Heaven Guest Post

 The best intentions...

So I promised I would post every Sunday, then work came along and 'bam wang', my Sundays got taken up somehow over the last few weeks.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Foodie Experience#1: There's no such Thing as Italian Food and Ragu Alla Nonna!!

First of all, thanks to everyone for the lovely comments.
I do intend on going back to Italy over and over again, and the experience will always stay with me.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Chocolate and Strawberry Cake Teaser and Memoirs of a Foodie living in Italy

After my incredible experience in Italy during last year, I was forced to make a decision last Summer.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Garlic Tiger Prawns/Shrimp and my First Italian Feast

.If you recall, on my last post I mentioned I had been asked to cook for30 plus guests over a weekend-long birthday party.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Egg and Vegetables Bruschetta and Cream Cakes in Lake Como

 So I am waaaaaayyyyyy behind with my posts! I know I am really sorry but I do have several good reasons, you see...

Friday, 28 May 2010

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

Well I was planning for my next post, a yummy bruschetta covered in saucy vegetables and topped with a fried egg,