Rainbow cake: it’s (birthday)party time!

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I love birthdays. More than Christmas, more than weddings, more than any other celebrations. And I love them even more since I have become a mother, because my daughter’s birthday is not only her special day to celebrate, it is also my birthday as a mom.

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Chocolate and walnut torte: only for those who are not afraid of the “dark”

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I started to like dark chocolate quite late in life; as a child, I remember the disappointment of receiving dark chocolate eggs for Easter, the merriment of my relatives, and the wonder “who on earth would like to eat that”? I have always identified dark chocolate as the chocolate “for adults”, as something with an acquired taste, that does not go down well with children. That is, of course, until my child showed me how little kids too can go crazy for it.

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Pesto Lasagne: one of the (many) hidden gems of Italian food.

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Although the great reputation of  Italian food in the world is always a reason for pride to a food lover like me, to see how very limited the concept of “Italian food” sometimes is can get a bit frustrating. Pizza, pasta, panna cotta, and tiramisù. With these few dishes, we have already covered a good 90% of the menu in any regular Italian restaurant around the world. But Italian food is so much more than that! And even with pasta, you can have thousands of shapes, dressing and cooking methods. But so many times it looks like that in Italy we only eat carbonara, tomato sauce, and ragù (if you are not sure what ragù is, don’t worry it’s just because someone insists calling it “Bolognese”, but so you know…that does not mean anything in an Italian kitchen).

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Mini-muffins: baking as a gift

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Two weeks ago, I started a 42 weeks long sugar-strike: no added sugar or sweets of any kind until the 26th of February. I don’t want to bother you with the details and the “whys” and the “hows” of this decision, but one thing I was a bit worried taking this step was my blog. Not being able to taste and try and eat what I make will be surely a big challenge, but then I thought: well, OK, baking is more like Science, so the really important thing is not to taste but to follow the recipe. And in all truth, if I want to develop something new or make my own adaptations and try new things there will always be a number of people willing to make the “sacrifice” of tasting my concoctions on my behalf, my husband, for example, has already signed up very happily.

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Vaja: my childhood in an apple pie.

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I have been thinking of posting a recipe for an apple pie for very long time, but somehow never got around, as I never managed to decide on the best version to make. Apple pie is one of those mythical concepts very difficult to grasp because everybody knows it but always in a slightly different version. Every household has a favourite recipe, which slightly differs from all the others and, as they are all likely to be very good, it is very difficult to pin down the ultimate one. So, in a sort of enlightenment, I realised there was no point in looking for the perfect apple pie, the one that would make everybody happy and, as usual, when I stopped overcomplicating things, it became clear that the only right choice was MY apple pie, or rather, the apple pie of my childhood.

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