Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna is a classic Italian pastry but this is my much simpler, more rustic version. The base pastry is a light but crispy oil shortbread, while the filling is obviously made of custard with almonds (or pine nuts) on top. Feel free… Continue Reading “The Musette: Torta della Nonna”

The Musette: Olive oil sorbet

In this recipe ingredients that you might traditionally view as savoury shine in such a sweet delicious way. This is a really refreshing dessert that just makes me think of warm days on the Mediterranean. The sorbet is gently flavoured with basil and lemon, and… Continue Reading “The Musette: Olive oil sorbet”

The Musette: 13 Best Cocktails To Make With Aperol

When I mention the word Aperol, you know I’m talking about an Aperol spritz. However, I have recently discovered that this Italian apéritif has a lot more ammo when it comes to cocktails – who knew? While I love a good Aperol spritz, I’m… Continue Reading “The Musette: 13 Best Cocktails To Make With Aperol”

The Musette: Herby Roasted Asparagus

I adore asparagus – green, white, purple – just bring it on! This is a dish I cook at home a lot  during spring. I turn it into a main for my beloved with the addition of a poached egg or some thickly sliced ham… Continue Reading “The Musette: Herby Roasted Asparagus”

The Musette: Vignarola

Vignarola is simply a celebration of that moment in spring when you have an abundance of beautiful artichokes, and the first of the broad beans and peas. It is so simple, but what makes it special is that the vegetables are cooked one after the… Continue Reading “The Musette: Vignarola”

[Quite Possibly] World’s Best Easter Eggs

I’d like to be able to tell you that each of these has passed the taste test, but I can’t. These splendid examples are the result of fun-packed, zero-calorie desk research! These wonderfully extravagant chocolate treats are almost (only almost) too beautiful to eat.… Continue Reading “[Quite Possibly] World’s Best Easter Eggs”

One from the Vaults: There’s no such thing as too much

I’m heading back to 2012 and a post I wrote about the looming cocoa crisis which fortunately came to nothing. But in the interests of all things chocolate, I thought it was worth a revisit. I hate to be the bearer of bad news so… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: There’s no such thing as too much”

Chocolate from Piedmont: Part I

This week I’m spending a few days with my beloved in Piedmont. I first visited the area in 2014 with the Giro d’Italia but it took until last year for my beloved to discover the Piedmont countryside with the cycle club. Consequently, he’s been… Continue Reading “Chocolate from Piedmont: Part I”

The Musette: Basque Cheesecake

Hailing from the north of Spain, Basque cheesecake is the perfectly imperfect dessert with a tell-tale burnt exterior. Credited to chef Santiago Rivera, his creamy creation made its début in 1990 in his San Sebastián La Viña restaurant.There’s a pillowy centre hiding underneath a scorched… Continue Reading “The Musette: Basque Cheesecake”

The Musette: Basque Food

As I’m celebrating all things Basque for the following week or so in honour of next week’s cycle race, I’m going to be talking about its food rather than giving you a recipe today. Basque food is one of the most iconic regional cuisines… Continue Reading “The Musette: Basque Food”