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Category: Baking

Christmas dessert: any suggestions?

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

A few days ago, lured by a recipe I saw on goop, I found myself at the stove stirring a tapioca pudding made with almond and coconut milks and a bit of maple syrup. Since the cancer diagnosis a year ago, I had to make some changes to my diet and eliminating refined sugars is one of them.


Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Pissaladiere__French_Food_at_Home__002Yesterday I walked in a restaurant kitchen for a training session and the first thing I noticed was that, among the cooks, there were no girls: a common state of affairs until a few years ago, but things are changing. Women are more and more present in professional kitchens, holding their own, and no longer relegated to pastry only.

Chocolate cookies for grown-ups

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Chocolate espresso cookiesFor all my devotion to detective shows, especially of the British variety, I would have made a crappy detective. The clues were all there: my uncle complaining their Christmas lunch will be a small one this year; my sister explaining why she wouldn’t be spending Christmas with my mom; my mother inadvertently telling me she would reciprocate a friend’s dinner when she got back from the States (and me thinking dementia was setting in – why on earth would she wait until next October??). Let’s call it distraction on my part, and my mind being otherwise engaged this holiday season.

Galloping down memory lane – Citrus Olive Oil Bundt Cake

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

The way we used to plate it
The way we used to plate it

Last week, I had the great pleasure of starting a brief stint in the old kitchen where I worked for eight years, a job I left right when Campari and Sofa was born. Two and half years later, it was a bit surprising and very heart-warming to see how little had changed, how certain habits fit like your old favorite shoes.

Apple Sharlotka and a sweet memory of Milan.

Posted in Bake, Baking, Food & Entertaining, and Uncategorized

The bar at the Principe - I heard it has been redecorated ... sad.
The bar at the Principe – I heard it has been redecorated … what a pity.

A million years ago I used to stay in a hotel called the Principe di Savoia in Milan. It was (and probably still is) a very regal, proper hotel. With the most wonderful bar/lounge where they had real barmen who poured old-fashioned cocktails and would never have dreamt of throwing bottles around a la Tom Cruise in Cocktail. There was always a piano player, an elderly man – who told me he had played “with Important Orchestras in Each of the Important Capitals of the World”. The Principe would never have considered piped music. People behaved with decorum, there were sofas to sink into and the rococo decor always made me smile. You could exhale at the Principe.

When heartache strikes, cookies call

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

Pistachio raspberry cookiesThis started as a happy post about cookies. Cookies that found their way to C&S in a serendipitous manner. The day after I experimented with them, took photos and ate enough to have them morph into a brick in my stomach, while getting ready to write the happy story on why I was sharing this particular recipe, the unexpected news reached me, and the cookie brick in my stomach was replaced by hollowness and panic.

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