Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Today’s open kitchen host is Teresa, an Italian lady who opened her kitchen to me.  Being a guest in Teresa’s kitchen was an opportunity to know a bit more about Italian cuisine and to share her love for food. She said to me that her early memories about cooking came from when she was 9 years…

Lavender Cake

This Lavender Cake is an explosion of fragrance and taste. It is ideal for those special moments when you are feeling romantic or want to impress the beloved ones. The delicate little lavender flowers give this dish a beautiful look. I would say that this cake looks somehow “vintage”. Yes, a “vintage” cake, could you…

Roasted Cauliflower

I am always looking for nice ways of eating vegetables. They are important for our diet but after all if you prepare them all the time in the same way they become boring. A good example of it is boiled cauliflower: I am pretty sure that you do not want to prepare it in the…

Roasted Pineapple

If you are keen on “transforming” a delicious fruit in a scrumptious dessert this post is for you. Roasted pineapple is a simple-to-prepare, exotic and tasty recipe.  As a Brazilian I am very used to seeing and eating roasted pineapple especially at Brazilian steakhouses, but believe me this recipe is even better. The freshness of…

Brazilian Chicken Soup (Canja)

I grew up listening to my grandmother regularly saying that chicken soup and rest don’t do any harm. As a child I could not understand her comment very well but now it makes a lot of sense and once again she was right. Do you remember my previous post where I talked about my grandmas’…

Padron Peppers

Rather than a recipe with a list of ingredients today’s post is a about suggestions on how to prepare a very simple and delicious tapas. Are you familiar with tapas-style dishes? Tapas are the  the Spanish way of eating appetizers, which means enjoying a small amount of fresh food, normally served with a good glass of wine at bars…

Lentil Soup

As a blogger have you ever been late with posting an article? During the recent holidays I took a break and the text that I had planned to share in 2016 is what you are reading now. This sounds quite a lot of time, doesn’t it? Actually just two weeks ago I prepared a lentil…

Chicken Liver Pâté

Is everything ready for your Christmas party? I hope so because it is just around the corner. In case you are still not sure about what to eat for your Christmas dinner I am sharing with you a delicious and easy-to-cook starter: Chicken Liver Pâté.  The great advantage of this dish is that you can…

Carrot Pineapple Cake

Do you remember the Christmas parties in your childhood? In my case, I still remember Christmas celebrations at my grandmother’s house. At that time of the year I knew that three things would happen. First we would always hear the same old vinyl record, which belonged to my grandfather. I still remember my cousins and…

Lemon Pesto

LIf you look the word pesto up you will find that it consists of a green sauce made of basil leaves, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil. The pesto described above is well known as an Italian sauce used to season pasta called “pesto alla Genovese”, actually there are different ways of preparing it….

Olive Oil and Rosemary Biscuits

I think you would guess the first thing I look for when I travel, wouldn’t you? Is it food? I already talked about it on this blog, and for me food is definitely one of the most important things I enjoy during a trip. My first trip to Andalucía, in southern Spain, was incredible. I…

Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate Brownie

Last time I went to Rome I stayed with a friend of mine and her two lovely children who are 7 and 14. Because they know I like art and cultural places, they chose a few that in their opinion should not be missed in Rome. The places I went to with them were just…