Chocolate Almond cake

It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog, mostly due (i) the elections shock and (ii) a kind of crazy period at the university. So I decided that my return needed to be done in style. And what is better for that than coming back with a¬†chocolate cake? I honestly have never…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

One more¬†fall week, one more tribute to apples. I have already discussed my obsession with apples, but I am sure it will become clear in no time, if it is not obvious already.. This time, it’s apple-cinnamon muffins. I really like muffins, but it took me a while to actually find the right recipe, because…

Butternut Squash Soup

After wishing one whole week for¬†the weather to become colder, and appropriately autumnal, I was answered by a couple of days of real chill and obviously I ended up catching a cold. The usual lesson applies: be careful what you wish for. Besides going around sneezing, coughing and talking with a voice almost as sweet¬†as…

Apple cake

Another very long week is ending, including an exam I had on Wednesday. And fall has finally started in full force, which to me means apples. I come from a region in the north of Italy that is one of the largest producers of apples, so apples are my bread and butter, and the perfect…

Squash and pomegranate fall salad 

The new weeks started with an absolutely perfect fall day: bright and chilly, with a blue and clear sky. I love this kind of fall days, and in Washington they are particularly frequent. These are days when I feel like eating something that is cozy-warm, light, and bright at the same time. Just like this…

Fall chocolate chip cookies – #1

October, October. I like it when fall comes and you can still walk around in the sun, and yet¬†the air is chilly and it wakes you up somewhat roughly, when you get outside in the morning. But the past two days have been gloomy-grey and I have spent the whole of them inside the¬†gloomier-greyer library…

Dulce de Leche (sweet milk jam)

Dulce de Leche is a kind of sweet spread obtained from milk, which is very common throughout Latin America. It is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk, which thickens due to the evaporation of water and changes flavour and colour due to caramelisation. Literally, it means “Sweet of milk” and it is very popular in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay,…

Honey and tahini Challah

And then came October, and with October came the rain. It has been¬†raining and gloomy -grey for the whole week, in Washington DC. This weather¬†reminds me very much of the spleen of the Belgian autumns I lived through during my years in Brussels. It’s has a special¬†melancholic beauty, if you look at it¬†from the inside…

Spiced kefir salmon with lentils stew

I recently received Yotam Ottolenghi’s NOPI cookbook as a gift from my husband, and this book is absolutely amazing. Recipes are more elaborate than in the other Ottolenghi’s book I had bought, but still¬†they are very feasible at home, although some would require¬†a¬†bit of preparation. I am sure I will test many of them over…

Banana Bread baked donuts

It’s fall out there, the temperature has finally started to feel¬†more like the end of September,¬†and yesterday morning I woke up to a chilling wind blowing all over Washington DC.¬†The weather called for baking something good and sweet to crawl in the couch with, while watching TV series¬†or reading a good book.¬†So I ended up…

Sunflower-seed sandwich bread

So, I recently bought Tartine Bread¬†by Chad Robertson, which is an amazing book if you are the kind of bread-obsessed person I am. As a result, I have embarked into the enterprise of building and training a sourdough starter, with the hope of later developing a leaven, and ultimately bake the perfect sourdough loaf. As…

Concord grape & cocoa crumble

Concord grapes are one of my favourite fruits (certainly my favourite kind of grape).¬†They are only available for a short period , in September, and they have an especially intense and sweet flavour. In Italy, we call it “uva fragola“, which literally means “strawberry grape“, highly appropriate to their in-between kind of flavour. In Tuscany,…