Piedmont by Passports and Pamplemousse

Una Bella Sorpresa in Nizza Monferrato

When traveling, there are two things I will stop dead-in-my-tracks for: anything culinary and anything vintage.

For me, a souvenir is not something new. That means NO to magnets, shot glasses or “I heart____” t-shirts. Instead I set out to collect trinkets or hand-made knick-knacks or vintage pieces that hold a story about the place and its people.

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The great australian bite! lamington recipe by passports and pamplemousse

Australia Day Recipe – Lamingtons

Growing up down undah’ was an unintentional luxury, that unfortunately, I took for granted. I suppose it’s kind of like people who live by the ocean; they always tell me they rarely actually go to the beach, because they live there so they assume they have the rest of their lives to go there. Similarly, friends in New York City have told me that they’ve lived in the big apple for years and never been to see the Statue of Liberty or the Guggenheim. And, as a child and teenager growing up in Australia, I didn’t realize just how gorgeous it really was, until I was forced to leave.  Continue reading

Passports and Pamplemousse Hot Chocolate Shot-5

Hot Chocolate “Shot”

There are many bitter cold and somewhat solitary winter nights where I crave something nostalgic and comforting. As a child, I used to drink hot chocolate at the Christmas markets with my parents, while they enjoyed the more entertaining version: mulled wine. These homemade chocolate “shots” are the perfect after-dinner sweet-tooth remedy before hibernating under the covers for a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

Lavender Panna Cotta #PnPGoesGlobal

Lavender Panna Cotta with Blackberry Coulis

Italy has long been one of my favorite destinations, and the food is just one aspect of what draws me there time and time again.

Panna Cotta is literally “cooked cream” and a quintessential Italian dessert!

I recently tested a base recipe and added two of my favorite flavors to create my very own Panna Cotta: Lavender and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Blackberry Coulis  Continue reading

Piedmont Hazelnut Meringue

Piedmont Hazelnut Meringue Cookie

My personal love affair with meringues started as a sweet-toothed and temperamental 4 year old in the midst of a muggy Australian summer and I’ve scoured the world over for meringue and pavlova desserts ever since. Some people in this world are graced with the wonderful ability to craft and master meringue-making. I am definitely not one of those people. Like any good love affair, I find meringue-making to be temperamental, complicated, and delicate. But those who perfect it will be rewarded with a life-time of bliss.  Continue reading

Porto Portugal

10 Reasons to Visit (and admire) Porto, Portugal

Porto (Oporto) as a city, effectively challenges the age old theory that first impressions are everything. It’s hard to look beyond how neglected the city first appears. Hopeless and derelict buildings, and crumbling sidewalks, portray a weary and unsophisticated city. However, there is something very charming and beautiful about this neglect. Those who visit Porto with the willingness to look beyond its somewhat drab first appearances will be rewarded with a memorable experience of an enchanting, traditional and beautifully chaotic place, which is, after all, known to be “the invincible city”… Continue reading

Piedmont by Passports and Pamplemousse

Piedmont

Imposing snow-capped mountain peaks form a silently dramatic background to the sequence of romantic rolling hills, fertile valleys and enchanting plains which unite themselves into the 8 provinces (Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli) of Italy’s 2nd largest region – Piedmont (Piemonte).

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Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd

We spent a few days in the Italian coast town of Bellaria. I absolutely love the isolation and stillness of the seaside in the winter time. I love waking up early to take a walk on the half frozen sand and watch the sun rise – being greeted by just a few sea gulls and the chugging noise of fishing boats eagerly leaving the harbor in search of a good catch.  Continue reading

Riquewihr & Beyond (Alsace) Passports and Pamplemousse

Alsace: Riquewihr & Beyond

Nestled between the Vosges Mountains and the famous Alsatian vineyards of France, lies a beautifully preserved romantic medieval renaissance village. Riquewihr is officially one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (one of the most beautiful villages in France) and a stroll through the charming narrow 16th century cobblestone alleyways easily shows why.  Continue reading

Passports and Pamplemousse Dampfnudeln from Germany

Dampfnudeln

The name is rather misleading. The words Dampf (steam) and nudeln (noodles) don’t seem to do this traditional southern German dessert dish justice. I have come up with my own Dampfnudel recipe, based on the traditional sweet dish, which comes with vanilla sauce or compote.  Continue reading