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The Tiramisù (half eaten!)

Well today’s article is a continuation from a couple of weeks ago, this is the pudding that I served up when my friends came visiting. The first course was the Pasta Salad which you can pick up from here, we then had various meats, done on the BBQ, followed by this pudding. I must admit to be a great fan of cooking on the BBQ, as it is a great way of cooking with friends round and nobody has to be stuck in the kitchen preparing food for guests.

Luckily my friends brought some bread with them, as the baker’s in the village has just closed. I often make my own bread, but it was always nice to have a local bakery too. I suspect that the bakery will not open again, I suspect that there is nobody willing to take it over. The village blacksmith is approaching retirement age, I suspect that here again we will be left without……


Well back to the recipe, tiramisù…. one of the most common puddings to be found in almost any restaurant, yet according to Alessandra, not one of them conforms to the “original” recipe!

Towards the end of the last millennium I was working for a short while in Rome. It is a great city, lots of history, fantastic food, even better ice-creams and some great people. I was providing service to Opel Europe and was working in their Rome offices. Alessandra was the local Opel liaison.

An interest in food is something a little difficult to hide……

To read the rest of the article and to see the recipe please click here.


Limoncello in Tel Aviv

LimoncelloA couple of years back I was fortunate enough to work briefly in Israel. I met some great people, both from within the international team I was a part of and also from the local working teams. I also visited some amazing places too. I could fill several pages on the wonderful places, but if I were to pick one it would have to be Jerusalem. What an amazing blend of races and cultures so steeped in history, truly amazing. Just wandering through the open markets with all the smells and colours of the myriad of different products, it was a culinary Aladdin’s cave. It really is a great shame that there is so much conflict currently in the Middle East and that many wonders of the ancient world are now all but inaccessible………….

As I have said, I had a great time in Israel, enjoying both the company of the team I went with and the company of the locals. It really is a great shame that peace currently seems so far away as the country has so much to offer. Many people may be surprised to learn that Israel is full of people that were born in other countries and that have migrated to Israel. This has led to a vary varied culture and cuisine. This week’s recipe is proof of that, with an explanation of how to make one of the most typical Italian spirits……

This one couldn’t be easier, so to read the rest of this week’s post and the traditional Italian Limoncello recipe please click here.


Well it has been an interesting week, we have heard of the discovery of Gravitational Waves, detected from the collision of two black holes more than a billion light years away and we have learnt that “made in England” suits for the English football team have to travel almost as far before they hit the shops!

Yup, dress yourself in a cloth that is sold as “100% British” and do your bit for the country. It is after all woven in Leeds so what could be more British? Well, as described by the BBC, the torturous route of these very British suits is……


Well this week I am doing my bit for our planet, the recipe this week requires just two bowls and a spatula to make. As promised, a bread that does not need any fancy equipment, nor if fact does it require any effort at all. So dig out a couple of plastic bowls from China and give it a go……..


To read the full post and see the recipe please click here.