Month: March 2010

Florence

So tomorrow marks the start of my Easter holiday – a three week break that promises to be packed full of Spanish revision and to brighten the mood, a two day break in Firenze! I booked it up about a month ago as a rather over-the-top mother’s day present for my Mum (althought admittedly, mostly for me!) We’re going on the 11th – 13th April so hopefully it will be warm and sunny and lovely 🙂 Obviously I have been researching all the tasty Tuscan food on offer in Florence and I’ve come up with a list of my must eats for the trip: no. 1 Pappardelle al Cinghiale (wild boar) no. 2  Florentine pizza (ummm…the egg looks sooo good) no. 3  Cioccolata Calda (I don’t care that it’ll probably be ridiculously warm – I NEED my hot cioccolata fiorentina!) no. 4  Gelato – ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with some wild boar chucked in for good measure…yum. no. 5  Antipasto, sitting out side after a long day of sight-seeing and a plate Read More

Cioccolata Calda

(Cioccolata calda, with a couple of malted milks for good measure!) Have one sip of this hot chocolate and you’re a convert. Never again will you look at Cadbury’s in the same way, and as for those ‘Instants’ sachets with the cute little marshmallows? Pft. Utter rubbish. No, after you try the real deal: cioccolata calda, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. I had my first sip, or should I say spoonful, of heaven on my first trip to Italy. It was at the local bar which conveniantly has a pizzeria attached – a very handy arrangement indeed, especially as the pizza man will come straight into the bar to deliver your pizza, which is then swiftly cut into slices by the barman! Anyway, the first time I tried that velvety, thick moltonous liquid I knew that I was in love…. Here is the recipe so that you can make your very own cup of heaven… (for one greedy cup) 2 tbsp cocoa powder (if you prefer your drinks sweeter, use half cocoa and half Read More

Nigella, eat your heart out…

Only a geek like me could choose to spend all of saturday chopping, blending, icing and cutting out hudreds of tiny marzipan carrots. Yep, that’s right…today was the official bake-athalon; although I’m not so sad as to pre-plan a baking marathon on my own. Oh no, the event was held at my friend’s house and it involved a total of four hungry bakers. So, first up was pizza. After deciding that the ‘buy a Sainsbury’s basic margarita pizza and then chuck on some toppings’ approach would probably be an insult to our baking day, we bought the ingredients to make it from scratch (well, sort of) After making up our bases from a packet mix (sorry), we added homemade passata, pepperoni, mozzarella and basil.              After eating our delicious pizzas we cracked on with the pièce de résistance – the carrot cake. As you can see, we went a tad over the top with the marzipan carrot making.          Unfortunately I can’t give you a recipe for this cake; it was one of those situations Read More