I recently wrote about Argentina’s love for Dulce de Leche. One of the recipes I most enjoy on a lazy Sunday morning is a Panqueque de Dulce de Leche – quite simply a crepe filled with dulce de leche and dusted with a little powdered sugar. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
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 (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
Fresh figs are in season and they are simply glorious. Once a symbol of prosperity and peace, they were deemed to be a sacred fruit. There are hundreds of different varieties of figs in hues of purple, blue, and even white… Continue reading
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).
Literally meaning “at the foot of the mountain”, Piedmont is gracefully seductive. Continue reading
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
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
There is one thing I fell absolutely head over heels in love with during all my travels to Latin America. Continue reading
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
We were recently in our favorite Munich Brauhaus for lunch with a friend who was visiting from the US. Her portion of käsespätzle was far too generous for her and she simply couldn’t finish her meal. She asked me if I could ask the waiter in German for a doggy bag. Continue reading
I am a big fan of the website Visit Ecuador and South America. It is packed with wonderful off-the-beaten path travel ideas and stunning photographs. I was lucky enough to be able to track down Carmen Cristina Carpio Tobar and ask her a few questions about her home country and the local’s secrets to experiencing it…