Category: Food and Wine

The Musette: double-choc vegan brownies

The best vegan (or indeed any) brownies are the perfect amount of moist and fudgy—not too much, not too little.  These wonderfully moist vegan brownies boast a delicate, tender crumb with pockets of melted chocolate tucked in between. They bake with the right amount… Continue Reading “The Musette: double-choc vegan brownies”

The Musette: artichoke salad

During the warm summer months, I feast on cold soups and salads. Roasted with lemon, tossed in pesto, these artichokes are the star of this salad. I’ve previously posted about how to prepare fresh artichokes but if you’re pressed for time, use good quality… Continue Reading “The Musette: artichoke salad”

The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies

Cookies are always a crowd-pleaser but how do you take them to the next level? Read on…….Cookies come in an infinite array of flavours and textures and are sure to put a smile on any guests’ faces. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic drop… Continue Reading “The Musette: Chocolate chip brown butter cookies”

One from the vaults: Surprise, surprise!

As it’s Father’s Day this weekend, I thought I would look back on the last Father’s Day meal my sisters and I enjoyed with him in June 2013. At the time, we didn’t know it would be his and our last. I generally don’t… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Surprise, surprise!”

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”